School has ended; the books are put away, the paperwork is filed, and the heat has begun to hit. With ten weeks of summer ahead of us; what do we plan to do with our free time? … Summer School!
(Gasp) Summer School? I can hear the groans of children all over America and imagine the questioning looks from parents. Why on earth would I want to do summer school voluntarily? My kids must really be behind, right? (Come on, I know that’s what you are thinking. Be honest.) In all seriousness though, there are several great reasons why we do summer school and none of them have to do with my kids’ lack of education. In fact, just the opposite!
There are three basic reasons why we do summer school:
- My kids and I get to have some great fun together! We enjoy each other’s company and learning becomes a family event that everyone enjoys!
- My kids don’t lose any of their skills. Studies show that children will lose about twenty-five percent of their skills over a summer vacation. The beginning of a school year can be challenging enough without the kids getting frustrated at their lack of memory. We make sure we work in a small amount of workbook time everyweek. Nothing stressful and nothing too complicated. Just something to keep them “up to par” and prep them for their next grade level.
- My kids never have an opportunity to get bored. I make sure that I keep our summer activities very hands on and fun! The kids look forward to each new learning day, knowing that Mommy has something fun for them to do. Once we are done with the activities, they know they have the remainder of the day to play and do whatever else they might have planned.
Like all other activities I plan, I try to be very organized about our summers. In order to do this, I create a routine for myself. This helps me to know on which days we are doing things and which events I am going to prep for. Here is our basic routine for summer:
- Monday-Summer Vacation Workbooks/Hands on Geography
- Tuesday-Science Experiments
- Wednesday-Summer Vacation Workbooks/Fair Projects
- Thursday-Field Trip (if available)/Library Journals for Summer Reading Program
- Friday-Library/Park Day or Friend Visit
Now that I have our routine in place, I will start plugging in the details. Interested? Come back tomorrow for our list of summer workbook suggestions!