I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since we started this linky! As a family, we’ll be entering our tenth year of homeschooling come September!Homeschooling for us changes how it looks through the year. Summer months mean less ‘formal’ work, we pack up any courses we’re doing, put down the Maths books and head outside. Making the most of the good weather, with camping trips, days at the river, adventures in the woods and lots of garden time.
Some of the girls groups finish for the summer, though our home ed group carries on as does Kiki and Baya’s gymnastics. We usually have several home ed picnics, at rivers, beaches and parks over the summer with friends and this year Kiki and Baya are doing lots of extra gym days. Lola usually volunteers at our local Museum over the summer too.
Now we have a car we’ve been taking lots of day trips out. We spent a sunny day by the river the other week, the kids had a great time splashing and looking for little fish!
Over the summer, my big three are doing our own ‘summer reading challenge‘ – they all love reading, so I thought we’d encourage them to read as much as they could! I’ve also set them a little challenge of learning a poem each week. We have a few poetry books, and they can pick a poem to learn off by heart each week – I’ve also asked them to write it out and illustrate it once they know it.
We spent the last weekend of July down at Camp Bestival, the kids had a blast and there was loads of art and crafts stuff to do as well as some fun science workshops that they all really loved!
The change of routine the summer brings is always really welcome. It’s nice to have a slightly slower pace of life, and a break from the ‘formal’ learning the kiddos do. Though of course, we end up doing so much anyway – the free time means they spend hours immersed in art projects, creating science experiments, and asking a million questions about everything from ‘why does the sun look yellow’ to ‘what’s the smallest animal’! The great thing about kids is they are constantly learning, and it’s often these down times that I find they actually learn the most.
You can see all previous months ‘This Homeschooling Life’ posts HERE
This Homeschooling Life is a linky for you to share either a week, a day or just a moment from your life as a homeschooling family. We are hoping it will be a really nice way to discover new blogs and learn how we all do things differently.
2. Link up a post from your month, no more than 3.