Summer Offers Many Options for Homeschoolers

What are your plans for summer? What do other homeschooling families do during the summer? Activities are as varied as the families themselves, so you have a lot of options.

Consider schooling year-round. This option accommodates long vacations throughout the year and four-day school weeks. As a result, some families start the new school year in the summer, although academics during the summer months are usually light to allow for additional summer activities. They may start one subject and add another subject every two weeks or so; by fall, they are doing a full course load. Other families may school only two or three days a week during the summer; then increase to four days a week in the fall.

Take a break from “book learning” completely. Use the summer months for fun yet educational activities that you may not have time for during the school year. Many families devote the summer to swimming lessons, music, art, math games, special projects, pleasure reading, educational movies, and fun outings to such places as the zoo and museums. Their children learn to fish, go camping, care for a garden, or go on long hiking trips. Teens may pursue special hobbies or take a summer job.

Go to camp! Summer camps for homeschoolers and their families are growing. A to Z Home’s Cool has a list of camps at http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/supportCamps.htm. In addition, most colleges offer summer enrichment classes for children of all ages, and many churches organize Vacation Bible School programs. There are so many special day camp options for drama, horseback riding, and swimming that your children could participate in a different program each week of summer!

Travel during the summer. Some families take long vacations to visit family, extended relatives, or all the places they did not have a chance to see during the school year. Whether long excursions for the weekend or short day trips, children enjoy visiting new places.

“Catch up” during the summer. Some families may have a child who didn’t do too well in a certain subject this past year and they want to help them catch up. Summer is a good time for an independent study program, tutoring service or online distance learning program. High school teens may enroll in college classes through a community college dual enrollment program, where they can earn high school credit and college credit at the same time.

Try “unschooling.” Summer is a great time to see if you could enjoy the unschooling life style. Let your children lead the way. Whatever they are interested in, pursue that subject until they discover a new interest. Try journaling what your children learn each day. Improve their self-esteem by giving them new responsibilities over the summer.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your summer!


Carren W. Joye is the author of Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families (ISBN 0-595-34259-0), Alabama State History Curriculum for grades K-9, and A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Complete Guide to Playgroups (ISBN 0-595-14684-8). A homeschooling mom of four children, she has founded four successful playgroups, a homeschool support group, homeschool co-op and homeschool covering. For more information on her books and state history curriculum, visit her web site at www.carrenjoye.com.

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Carren W. Joye is the author of Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families, Alabama State History Curriculum for grades K-9, and A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups. A homeschooling mom of four children, she has founded four playgroups, a homeschool support group, homeschool covering, and homeschool co-op. Visit her web site at www.carrenjoye.com.


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