We are kicking off our summer around here!
Today we finished up our Science and History co-op for the school year, and we have been taking a break from the rest of our lessons for a week now. I’m taking this week to get organized for our summer school schedule, which picks up next week.
Even though we will school over the summer, our schedule will change a bit.
We are officially on a break from any formal Science and History lessons. Kyri can pursue any self-directed learning she wants, but there isn’t anything on the schedule. Additionally, there are other activities we are participating in this summer that incorporate Science and History, so there will definitely be some opportunity for learning.
We will keep up with our Math and Language Arts three days a week. The schedule we have been using this past school year has been working well for us, and we are going to keep it going over the summer. We are continuing with our Kumon Math, and switching to a new Grammar curriculum for our Language Arts – First Language Lessons. I’m pretty excited to get started!
Five in a Row (FIAR) has unfortunately been pushed to the side this school year, and we only managed to row four books over the course of the year. So this summer, FIAR will be a large focus of our school time. We are still working through Volume 2, and will continue over the summer. Because we only have three days a week that have school work scheduled, I am preparing for us to spend two weeks at a time rowing each book. The curriculum is so rich with ideas and material that I actually don’t mind drawing out our time spent on each book, because it allows for more content to be explored.
We are also starting Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR) with Ender this summer. He is just turning two, so he is at the younger age range for the curriculum. I am really looking forward to spending dedicated learning time with him. Because B4FIAR is relaxed and fun and creative, there is no pressure or stress, just plenty of opportunity to explore.
I’ll be writing about our book selections and various activities for both FIAR and B4FIAR, so be on the lookout for these over the summer.
We did not get nearly as far as I would have liked in our HFA curriculum this past school year so we will be continuing over the summer. We will be spending one day a week on our art and music appreciation. I really like this curriculum, and we will move onto Grade 2 material once we finish this year’s material, sometime in the middle of the new school year.
Good Citizenship is one of the few homeschool requirements we have here in Texas. We usually have a hectic school schedule during the regular school year so we will be doing our Civics and Good Citizenship unit over the summer. I am currently preparing material for a 10-week study of Civics and Good Citizenship topics. I’ll have a separate post about this unit coming soon.
Spanish has been very slow going this school year, but I found a series of workbooks that Kyri really enjoys, as well as some videos that have been recommended, so I think we may get back on track during the summer. I’ll be posting more on the materials that are working for us in a separate upcoming post.
Even though we will be schooling through the summer, I still want to make sure we have lots of free time and plenty of fun activities. I only have us doing ‘book work” three days a week, in order to keep our schedule open for other things. We have some fun activities planned for the summer, such as the Summer Reading program at the Library, our weekly Park Day with our homeschool group, and a monthly Growing Up Wild co-op. These events, along with several field trips that we have planned, should make for a very fun summer!