Yes, it’s been one of those crazy years. You know… the kind where you feel like you are just making it by a hair’s breadth. There have been a lot of triumphs, but also a lot of tragedies. It’s just been a tough year. However, by God’s amazing grace (yet again) we will make it to the finish line.
As I look back over my children’s homeschool accomplishments, I realize that though they did well… we didn’t make it as far as I felt they needed to go. I’m disappointed… but I realize that it isn’t the end of the world. After all tomorrow is another day… Another great reason for homeschooling. To make up those areas in which we have a few deficits, we plan on homeschooling throughout the summer. Not a full fledged all subject homeschool endeavor… but a focused academic pursuit. Each of the kiddos has a specific area in which they have a weakness. We plan on working through that weakness during the summer, and look forward to fall finding each of them on top of their game!
First grade daughter needs to work on reading fluency. We will be doing Time4Learning Language Arts as well as some other phonics based programs.
Third grade daughter needs work on multiplication and division. We will be using some online math resources to help her gain mastery in this area.
Seventh grade twins need work on math skills and spelling. We will be using Vocabulary Spelling City and Time4Learning in those specific areas to boost their mastery levels.
Do you find yourself in this same situation? What are your plans for this summer?
Everyone has struggles now and again… even the best of homeschoolers. So, don’t let it get you down if your kids have a few learning gaps. I know when I find out my children have a few weak areas it really gets me down. There isn’t any one else to point your finger at and say – Why? There is only yourself and your thoughts of “What could I have done different?” I have been there many times, but I realized that it happens. The question is, now that we know there are some issues… what are we going to do about it?
Summer is the perfect time to bridge those gaps in your child’s learning. If you found that they have weak areas as a result of a standardized test, then most of your work is already done for you. You simply need to take the test and find the sub sets where your child scored low. You can focus on those particular areas during the summer to try to strengthen the areas that were troublesome.
I like to do this with my own children each summer. Yet, I personally also like to have the summer as a time for me to recoup and refresh myself. If I can’t recover and refill my mother’s heart I will be of no use. I seriously use the summer to do that. That doesn’t mean that my kids get off scott free with no schooling. Ohhh… no way! I have tried to find ways that they can still get the remedial work they need without it stressing me out or requiring much thought on my part. I love to use online summer programs that fit the areas that were troublesome especially homeschool science. I set it up on each of their computers that the favorites bar on their browser has all the link to the summer review programs that I want them to use. This allows them to individually access these websites without asking me for help. Granted, they don’t do school everyday, but they do it whenever they are bored or it is raining! I look at it as automated summer homeschooling!
What do you do to help your kiddos bridge their gaps during the summer?
Summer is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy not having the regular school responsibilities, and the great time we have traveling and seeing our family. Yet, as an education professional I know that statistics clearly show that children lose a portion of what they learned the previous school year, if they do nothing educational during the summer.
So, as I plan our summer I am trying to include a few fun ways to keep the education or at least some of their thought processes functioning! We have a big load of fun stuff happening this summer and I know the kids will be very busy. Yet, with all of the summer adventures I want the children to continue to use their minds so they don’t lose what they have learned.
My plan is to incorporate a little fun learning first thing in the morning. To accomplish this we will simply be using the Time4Learning curriculum for about an hour each morning. I have several old computers, so each of the kids can get this task accomplished rather quickly before rushing off to whatever big adventure the day holds.
We enjoy Time4Learning as a summer curriculum because it is highly motivating and is about the only thing that can keep my children’s attention during the summer… especially when thoughts of playing are assaulting them! Time4Learning is great to get accomodate those who are struggling as well as those who are gifted. You see, when you purchase a subscription, the grade above and below your child’s current grade is made available to you. The lessons that your children do are also tracked which makes it great for you to follow their progress. All in all – to make the summer enjoyable for me… Time4Learning is the winner.
What plans do you have for your homeschool this summer? Are you going to try to challenge your children… even just a little?