I’m wondering if I should take the summer off like the county school district does of if I should do light work. It would be helpful to know what other cm parents do.ChristieMember
What we have done is continue our read alouds, Bible, and silent reading. Of course, learning is always going on. Whether we’re out in nature, looking at all the birds, and everything in God’s creation, or cooking, just everyday life! But as far as ‘table work’, we have taken a break from it somewhat in the summer. Although, I have still had them write in their nature journals and practice their penmanship (we’re working with learning Italics and purchased a calligraphy kit too that my daughter really enjoys working in!). Hope that helps somewhat! I DO know some families though that just take a few weeks off in the summer and keep working on throughout the whole year, just taking 2 weeks off here and there, and they have had alot of success. It seems to break up the year more that way. Hey, we never ‘quit’ learning though! So even if you’re not ‘doing school’ you still are in a way!
We kind of go off and on all year. We plan to take all of December off, but usually do some light work the first week. We also have “spring days”–and some snow days when it’s packing well for snowmen! 😉 Our dds are involved in the 4-H fair and an orchestra camp which takes up the last week of June through mid-July (both together not each!). Then there’s gardening, camping, canning. We usually gear down the table/bookwork, too, although I have required math 2 days a week to keep it fresh for some “forgetful” children! I do count their projects and orchestra time–it IS educational! And they have manuals for 4-H, which although “twaddly”, they still do learn some!
I tend to take from fair time to mid-August completely off. Then we kind of ease back into things. We have an exciting idea for how we want to structure next year, so I will definitely make sure that time is truly off so we can prepare!
I need to count some summer days due to taking December off. I was shocked that this year, although we took off about a week and a half when my dad died, then had 2 weeks of sickness in February, and a few days off when we had the barn fire, we are still doing fairly well! I thought for sure we’d have to come up with some more days, but looks like mid-June will do it! They DO add up! 😉
We personally scale back, as some said we keep up with our read alouds, bible, math worksheets with maybe 15 problems twice a week (spent to much time this year to have my one son forget which he does easily) handwriting usually name, address, phone numbers of us, maybe grandparents just to do writing but in a very informatl way.
Little things here and there,,, mainly for a couple reasons, my 5 sons need “structure” with out it we end up at eachothers wits ends, I have one son who we have worked so hard on this year to catch up in math I can’t let it slip, and lastly I am a beliver that a little goes a long way. Also, the 30 – 45 min a day (which might just be read aloud) is a great way to keep them always thinking and talking with me. Nature walks, parks and picnics are great also!
So in a nut shell yes we do but not scheduled as much as random things everyday for 30 min or so usually at the same time everyday just to have a little stability!
Hope that helps,
We do take some weeks completely off–I have to take a bunch of teenage girls to Church camp in late June, and then my sons go to Scout camp in late July, and not much gets done in between those two times except nature study. We also usually take December “off” although we do a light Christmas unit study type thing, and also plenty of home ec–OKA baking, lol.
I also have found long amounts of “totally off time” lead to boys with too much energy and somehow they seem to end up taking it out on each other. 🙂 Although increases in “yard work service projects” does seem to help 😉
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