Summer Learning, Had Me A Blast…

Wait…that’s not how the song goes, is it? 😉

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So let’s talk gearing up for summer. How many of you fabulous readers do school, in some form or fashion, during the summer? Do you have public/private schoolers that have to go to summer school? Is the summer a time when you need a little help with tutoring?

What about the homeschoolers out there? Do you take a summer break, or do you do the year round thing?

We homeschool and technically do the year round thing, but usually we end up finished with the current grade level by the end of July or so. So, there’s some time off because we don’t start the next school year until after Labor Day. This works out well for us. Because, my guys…I tell ya, if they had 2.5 – 3 months off from school, they wouldn’t remember A THING, lol.

In our break time, or if we need a light school day because we want to play, we focus on some things they don’t find “school-ish.”

Apps and games!

There are tons of educational apps out there, and honestly, spelling games on their Spelling City app is the least frustrating way we have to get them to do willingly do spelling.

Online games are a great way to reinforce and retain. You can find websites that offer free games; everything from math games and art games, to literature games online and Latin learning games. Game play usually equals fun, and I’m all about trying to make learning fun!

Now tell me. What are your summer learning plans?

Multi-tasking…

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For some parents/teachers, their curricula doesn’t multi-task well. Math is math. Science is science, and so on. But for some of us, we need the programs and materials we use to be able to be used across multiple subjects. Here are some examples of how we cover more than one subject at a time:

Incorporate reading into math. Even though we probably all hate those math word problems, lol, they do help with reading comprehension.

We fuse art lessons with history lessons (learning about period pieces and how artists and the materials they used differ than those today).

Using words from our current homeschool social studies lesson to practice word study and vocabulary building skills.

While we use spelling lists from a variety of sources, some of our favorites are actually the geography lists over at SpellingCity.com! We learn about local geography (states and state capitals), but we also learn about other countries. All the while, we are working on our spelling!

I’ve shared a few of the ways that WE multi-task/multi-subject. Now, won’t you please share some of YOUR ways?