In our home we homeschool year round. This makes sense to us because we believe that everyone (kids and adults) should always be learning and we make a big effort not to separate “homeschooling” from everyday life.
Every single day (even weekends and when we’re at the beach on vacation) our children spend one to two hours reading. We read the Bible one hour each morning and we have an hour of free/slightly directed reading each afternoon.
This summer we are we are keeping more of a wintertime school schedule. Here is what we’re doing:
Bible reading – Each fluent reader reds through the Bible 3-4 times each year. (We’ve found that we like reading through the Bible in 90 days then reading through in 6 months and spending more time focused on independent memory work and then reading through the Bible in 90 days again.) These are the plans we are using. Our children all read from the King James or New King James Version or the English Standard Version
Catechism memory – For those children who aren’t yet fluent readers (or who still need a little help when they read the Bible), Daddy is helping them memorize the Children’s Catechism.
At the breakfast table:
Memory work for all the children together – We use our memorization box and just say each passage aloud together. This currently takes about 45 minutes because we I need to move more of the review cards into the ‘little kids’ memorization box.
Bible study – We are currently reading and discussing one chapter of Proverbs each morning focusing on a different character trait each month.
Bible reading – We read the chapter of the Bible that the older kids will be copying that day. (The younger kids copy the Bible also, they just don’t complete a whole chapter each day.) We are currently reading, copying and memorizing the book of Ephesians. (Thanks to Bambi’s post a year ago, our children are memorizing more Scripture independently. This is separate from the above memory work.)
Copy work – Children copy a portion of the Bible according to their ability. Our older kids copy one chapter each day, middle ones copy half a chapter a day and Colby (6) copies one verse each day.
Math drill for anyone who hasn’t passed all Calculadder levels. This just ensures that everyone’s basic math skills are sharp.
Reading/language arts lessons – McGuffey Readers.
History – Sonlight
Science – Apologia
Science – Apologia
History, etc. – Omnibus
Greek – Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
“Free” Reading – The children pick from a variety of theology, science, history, quality literature, poetry or ‘junk’ reading (‘junk” is things like Redwall, Bobsey Twins, etc.). I lightly monitor their selections and so long as they are being responsible, reading a variety of genres, limiting the amount of ‘junk’ reading and finishing what they start they are free to pick whatever they choose.
Of course we are still gardening, hiking, running cross country (well, the kids are), practicing hospitality and regularly visiting Dollywood. But it’s been more of a schooling summer than we’ve had in a while.
Do you school year round? What is your summer looking like?
You may also be interested in:
- How We Homeschool: An Overview
- Homeschooling year round and answers to other questions
- Answers to some of your previous schedule questions
- Balancing Housework and Homeschooling
- Daily Bible Reading