This Homeschooling Life #12


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!

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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.

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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.

The linky will open at 8am on the first Monday of every month and throughout the rest of the month the hosts will share your posts on their social media channels.
The Hosts:

Adele who blogs at Beautiful Tribe
Polly (me!) who blogs at Enchanted Pixie
The Rules:
1. Link back to one of the hosts. You will find the code for the badge at the bottom or if you prefer you can use a text link.

2. Link up a post from your month, no more than 3.
3. Link directly to a specific post, not your main blog.
4. Follow each of the hosts on at least one of their social media platforms.
5. Visit and comment on some of the other blogs linking up.
6. If you share on social media then you can use the #thishomeschoolinglife so we can all find each other.
This Homeschooling Life

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  1. August 9, 2016 / 23:20

    I love the idea of the summer reading challenge. They seem to be having so much fun. Kids never stop learning, do they?

  2. August 15, 2016 / 20:28

    I can’t believe we started this a year ago either! We’ve been spending lots of time at our local river too, the kids love getting in and splashing around, I don’t understand how they don’t get cold though! x

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