The importance of summer learning has been demonstrated repeatedly in a
variety of research studies. Maria Antonia Pinon, director of the All Aboard
Family Literacy Program at Miami's Institute for Child and Family Health points
out the following--if you don't keep your child's brain active during the
summer break, your child can lose two-and-a-half months worth of math skills,
and a year's worth of reading skills. That's an entire grade! The
good news is -- summer offers many opportunities to challenge your children and
as a homeschooling parent, you might choose to do any of the following--|
- Consider schooling year-round. Many families
homeschool through the summer months, although the academics are usually
light to allow for all the fun activities we associate with June, July and
August. To change things up a bit, you might choose to teach summer related
subjects, such as 1) How bouncing on a trampoline relates to kinetic and
potential energy 2) how and why a lightning bug lights up, 3) why falling
stars aren't stars at all, etc.
Take an 80% break from book related learning. Use
the summer months for fun yet educational activities that you may not have
time for during the school year. These might include swimming lessons,
music, art, baseball, hiking, camping, gardening, and more. Even if you take
a break, don't make it a 100% break. As mentioned previously children who
take the entire summer off, tend to lose academic skills. On the other hand,
children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of
reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year.
- 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 their child catch up. Summer is a good time for an independent
study program, tutoring service or an online distance learning program.
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- Go to camp. The number of summer camps for
homeschoolers and their families are growing and they are varied. These
camps combine fun with educational opportunities, for the kids and for the
If your kids don't want to go away for camp, consider local day camp options
in your community. These offerings probably include drama, horseback riding,
swimming and more. Your children can participate in a different program each
week and finish the summer with a great bit of knowledge!
- Take a summer vacation. Some families take long
vacations to visit family, historical locations, or both! Travel provides
many educational moments. As with camps, there are destinations that have
special homeschool times and discounts. When possible, have the kids help with the vacation planning and
decision making processes. For instance, have the kids plot the trip on a
map and estimate the mileage -- a built-in math lesson!
Stay vacations have become popular in recent years. If you don't want to
load up the car or hop on a plane, look into all the fun and educational
opportunities your town provides. People often overlook what's in their own
back yard. What amusement parks, botanical gardens, museums, theaters, etc.
are near you? Check to see if they have homeschool programs/discounts.
- Start learning a language or take an elective!
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- Enroll in junior college classes.
offer summer enrichment classes (think cooking, drama, sewing, etc.), for
all ages of students. In addition, many junior colleges allow high school
teens to enroll in college classes through a dual enrollment program, where
they earn high school credit and college credit at the same time.
- Become involved in support group activities. Don't
have one near you? Start your own!
- Get a job or volunteer. A teen's first summer job
or experience as a volunteer is certainly a learning experience! Think about
it--what did you learn in your first job?
This summer, check out the many educational and enrichment programs that are
available in your area -- and consider spending part of the summer with
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