Updated: Aug 30
Hi there Inspired Tutors blog readers! My name is Sonia and I am a tutor who specialises in holistic teaching. Today, I'm excited to share some of my tips and ideas for homeschooling through the summer months.
Whilst summer is a time for relaxation and fun, it can also be a time of learning loss for many children. A recent study has shown that children can lose up to three months of progress during the summer break! Homeschooling through the summer can help bridge this gap and prevent the summer slide. The flexibility of homeschooling allows you to create a schedule that works for your family, allowing you to continue learning while still enjoying the season. Here are my top tips for creating a fun and productive summer:
Summer is the perfect time to embrace nature and incorporate it into your homeschooling curriculum. Take your child on nature walks and hikes, visit local parks and nature centres, and do outdoor science experiments. You can also incorporate nature into other subjects, like art and writing, by having your child create nature-inspired artwork and photography or write stories and poetry about their outdoor experiences.
2. Explore Local History and Culture
Take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to explore your local area's history and culture. Visit local museums, historical sites, and landmarks, and incorporate what you learn into your homeschooling curriculum. You can also take a virtual field trip to other parts of the world and learn about different cultures and traditions.
3. Try a Project-Based Approach
Summer is a great time to experiment with a project-based approach to learning. Let your child choose a project they are interested in and create a plan to achieve their goals. Projects can be anything from creating a garden to building a birdhouse to writing and illustrating their own book. A project-based approach can help your child develop important skills like planning, problem-solving, and creativity.
4. Foster a Love of Reading
Summer is a great time to foster a love of reading. Encourage your child to read books they enjoy and incorporate reading into other subjects, like science and social studies. You can also have a family reading time where everyone reads silently together or take a trip to the library or bookstore to choose new books.
5. Incorporate Mindfulness and Wellness
Homeschooling through the summer can be a great opportunity to focus on your child's mental and physical wellness. Incorporate mindfulness practices like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises into your homeschooling routine. You can also encourage your child to take up a new physical activity like hiking, swimming, or biking.
6. Make Time for Socialisation
Socialisation is an important part of any child's education, so make time for it during the summer. Join a local home school group or participate in online groups. You can also organise social events like picnics, play dates, and field trips with other homeschooling families.
Homeschooling through the summer can be a rewarding and holistic experience for both you and your child. By embracing nature, exploring local history and culture, trying a project-based approach, fostering a love of reading, incorporating mindfulness and wellness, and making time for socialisation, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable summer of learning. Happy homeschooling!