With a week of vacation and another of Vacation Bible School behind us, we’re getting back in gear with our summer learning program.
I am so glad to have a plan for each day. I know the summer is supposed to be more relaxed – and it is! – but we just seem to function better if we have something scheduled. Our daughters also seem to have fewer “sibling disagreements” if they’re busy!
At around 9:30 each morning, we start with a brief Bible time, using the Bright Lights curriculum we began during the school year. We follow that with a couple of simple science experiments from The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book.
|This egg is sitting in vinegar as we wait for the acid to eat away the shell.|
Next, the girls rotate between using Typing Instructor, working on a bit of Spanish, or doing a page from Building Thinking Skills Level 2. Typing Instructor is working well for my eleven-year-old (and I’m brushing up on my own skills, too!) It’s a bit difficult for my nine-year-old, so I just have her work on it in short bursts.
We are slowly beginning the Easy Spanish Step-by-Step book and alternate that with their Rosetta Stone Spanish. Next comes piano practice and designated reading time for their library summer reading programs. That takes us up to lunch time.
We’re also getting back into cooking! Yesterday the girls made chocolate chip cookies, reading and following the recipe by themselves.
I’m following this plan three days a week, and the actual days vary, depending on what else we have scheduled. This week I know we’ll be home in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday as I’ve scheduled our errands and outings for the other days. I’m enjoying learning right along with our girls as we go through the summer.
Have you worked on any projects yet this summer?
Looks like a fun summer is under way, Tracey! Love all that your girls are learning! It looks like you have successfully cultivated a home to promote learning and love and the love of learning! =)
Blessings to your sweet family!
What a great idea, to have such a set schedule through the summer. It's full of fun things, but it's still full (but not too full), so there shouldn't be any boredom! We're continuing on through school this summer since we took such a long break when Mary was born and because we're just not at a good stopping point. But I think you've come up with a great idea!