Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Homeschooling Year Round
When I first started homeschooling I never even thought of schooling year round. I just wanted our schooling to be so much like traditional school that it really never occurred to me to do anything different.
Well, just finishing up our fourth year now and the main reason why I wanted to start schooling year round is that we are home anyway and we do all our learning at home it just feels weird to be home and not learning.
We have taken these last couple of weeks completely off of school and I plan on schooling "light" for the rest of the Summer. I also want to get some of next year's schoolwork done before baby #4 get here, and she is due one day before the start of our traditional school year calendar. I want to be prepared for taking some extra time off with the whole family in welcoming our newest addition.
Since we homeschool through a local Charter school we do have certain requirements to adhere to throughout the traditional school year, so when we are in the Summer mode we get some freedom from all that and just get to do whatever we feel like doing!
This Summer we are participating in a Virtual Summer Science Camp on my YouTube channel, so I look forward to sharing our science experiments with you and hope that you can participate along with us! Our first experiment will be a soda bottle rocket and launcher. We will be studying the power of air pressure! I am heading out to the hardware store today (wish me luck) and I should have the video and post up by the end of this week.
I have already shared what our Weekly Charlotte Mason Schedule looks like and for the Summer I will stick with that same subject schedule, but just not as intense with all the books we will be using throughout the week. For instance, in History, we usually read 3-4 books per week on that subject and for the Summer I will pare it down to just one or two.
I also hope to do more Nature Studies this Summer since all of our classes are on break, we will have more time for Fun School! I would love to hear what everyone else does for their Summer Break!