A few years ago, I found myself heavily researching home school. We even home schooled for a short time, and I genuinely loved every second of it. We made some sweet memories in our home schooling endeavor, and I found that it changed a whole lot about the way I mothered my children. It was the mothering style that had drawn me into the home schooling lifestyle.
I often think of ways that we can incorporate home school into our daily lives – because that really is what home school is about. It’s a shift in a lifestyle that is simple and lovely, full of imagination and learning in a big, beautiful world. At least this is what I found in each home schooling family I researched.
As the summer drew closer, I realized I was going to have to get a bit more structured to entertain all the ages of my children each day, and that’s when the light bulb went off. Summer would be the perfect time for me to incorporate those principles I found to love so much in home schooling homes. It was the weight, and organization into subjects that didn’t pull to me as much, but with summer school, I can fill in the gaps wherever I choose.
I pulled out my old home schooling schedules and notes and pulled from that a summer schedule that will suit us. This may be tweaked a bit here and there to establish what best fits, but here is what our schedule is like so far:
8am Breakfast and scriptures (I’ve been surprised by how well my older girls are reading along and understanding the scriptures!)
8:30 Light reading (poems), bible verses (Harlo had the great idea to try to memorize an article of faith each week)
9:00 Journaling (I’ll be setting writing prompts for the girls to journal each day)
9:30 Piano (we use a kitchen timer and set practice goals each week)
10:00 Life Skill (house chores first, followed by things like learning laundry, baking, meal prepping, grocery shopping.. whatever else we might be doing that day)
We will break for some exercise, lunch, and some play time, and then resume with reading in the afternoons.
I am hoping to establish a little book club with my older girls over the summer. Perhaps we can each read the same book, or read one book together, and discuss it each week. The girls are on similar reading levels now and both into chapter books. We are loosely following Charlotte Mason’s reading list. I love the Charlotte Mason method and have been so inspired by her teachings and have tried hard to incorporate her lifestyle methods into our home. This will give us that little boost we needed. :)
I sit the littlest ones at the table with us to listen to our reading and discussions each morning, Grae has her own summer journal for doodling, practicing her shapes, name, etc. They eat and play right along with us at the table as we discuss.
When Major naps, we’ll do our reading time and Grae can enjoy that as well. This is also when we’ll do crafts or an activity that requires no one-year-olds ;). The perk about “mom school” is that its really no pressure. Anything is good enough. The goal is to occupy my children’s day with wholesome structure, learning, and lots of time together. Anything we want to learn about this summer, I’ll add it to our “mom school” list.
The rest of our days will be filled with exploring and playing and looking for opportunities to learn wherever we are. – And even if some days land us in front of screens, at least we did something with our days, dang it!
What things are you doing with your kids this summer? I’d love some more ideas!