Our neighborhood pool opened today, meaning that summer has officially begun in our home school.
Our plan in recent years has been to do a very relaxed, modified schedule during summer.
In particular, math is a subject that I insist continues throughout summer, for two reasons. 1: math is a part of life, adults do math every day and 2: to avoid summer brain drain.
The girls do Saxon math, and Julien is doing Life of Fred. They’ll all continue with shorter daily lessons during the summer.
Sadie has a few more Magic School Bus Science Club projects she hasn’t cracked open. These are a lot of fun for her and we’ll have more time in the summer for her to do these.
I’ve been meaning to do a review of the Young Scientists Club and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Suffice it to say Sadie loves this program, and I love that they’re all-inclusive, complete with easy instructions and several different experiments/activities for each monthly theme. I don’t have to stockpile dryer lint or popsicle sticks or what have you. Everything comes in the mail once a month.
Here she is doing one experiment – the month’s theme was Water – learning more about how boats stay afloat and submarines sink and such.
On their site, Educents has a huge section of products with brief activities for kids to do to avoid “summer brain drain”. Check them out here. (Educents is where I ordered the Scientists Club membership, at half price, and they also have great prices on Life of Fred, Julien’s math curriculum of choice.)
Summer is also a great time to dig into those smaller subjects that you may not have much time for during the school year, such as geography. Julien has made it a goal to improve his cursive this summer.
We’ll also do daily read-aloud because books.
Educents is currently offering (for orders over $25). Here is a page set up on their site with popular summer activities and products, organized by grade level.