We Made It!

A sigh of relief is being breathed by all four kiddos; we’ve finally made it! (laughing) It is officially summer time in our house; our traditional learning year is done and now it is time for some summer fun!

Pinterest Idea: SuncatchersWe can all relax for approximately one week and then… summer school starts. Yup; we don’t take much of a break. Why? Well; we like it this way!

Learning is a way of life for us. Given too much free time, our kids get bored and cranky. We thrive on routine and activity, even if it’s only in our home. So, we keep to a lightened routine during the summer months and explore facets to our learning we might not have gotten to during the traditional year.

What will you find us doing this summer? Lots of science experiments, field trips, geography quests, and more! Care to join in? We’ll be posting about our “Summer of Fun” all next week; sharing ideas on how to make the most out of summer months. Then, join us all summer long as we share ideas on how we’re having fun, with plenty of opportunities for you to ‘chime in’ and share your thoughts!

Geography Fun

Be on the lookout for “Pinteresting” posts, where we’ll share our takes on favorite ‘pins’ and ask you to share your experiences with the same project.

Happy summer, everyone! I know we’re excited; are you?

19 thoughts on “We Made It!

  1. I loved reading this !!! I completely agree with continuing learning through the holidays. Others I know do not though and I’ve been called a ‘mean mother’ for not giving my children their school holidays.
    Thanks for sharing. It’s comforting to know others have the same beliefs in regards to their children’s upbringing.

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    • We get a lot of funny looks and questions. Some parents think we are doing the unimaginable; how could we not need a break? They don’t understand that we like this; we do it because we want to, not because we have to.

      That’s alright; we like our routine and will continue using it, as long as it fits our needs.

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  2. Our school year has not even reached the middle here, but I like your point that holidays don’t really exist in the usual sense of the word. It is more like a period of learning the fun bits in a leisurely kind of fashion.

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  3. LOL! That is exactly what we are doing for our son. My husband’s theory: “He doesn’t know what summer break is…..there is no reason to have him out of school for so long.” My theory is the same, but also, 2 or 3 months without learning is a mess for these children. I remember how it was when I was in school. We want to keep him in that learning mode often, and give breaks only when necessary. Around the fall/winter is where we have a blast with home school. Before my 5 year old had brain surgery, he often got headaches and the heat would contribute to that, so the cooler seasons were our greatest and most fun learning times of the year. After his surgery, he has been doing extremely well! Thank You Jesus! So now I have to figure out what to do in the summer. 🙂 I’m always open to new ideas. If you have any…shoot them my way. God Bless you and your family!!

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    • You hit the nail on the head; kids don’t really need that long of a break. In fact, studies show that three months without study will actually cause them to forget hard earned knowledge.

      Just taking off three weeks this last winter proved this point in our family; especially in arithmetic. Skills not practiced on a regular basis are lost. Why frustrate them and yourself with this?

      Yes; we do lighten the load, but we keep pressing forward. We’ll be doing tons of fun stuff this summer to keep our learning in gear and to explore outside arenas. Keep checking back here Mon.-Sat. of each week; we’ll be hosting “A Summer of Fun”, covering ideas on how to get the most out of your summer and sharing ideas on how to make summer learning fun.

      We’re so glad to hear your son is doing better! Praise the Lord. 🙂

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  4. Love that Africa pic. Gonna have to ‘borrow’ that idea for a cake for a missions meeting our church is doing.

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