Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer School

Things were slow-going this year, but we're hanging in there. Now that it is June, I'm realizing that we're technically into 'summer school,' and that's okay. Here are the plans and goals through the end of August:

  • Continue to work through our math curriculum. I took some time off with Levi last fall, as he just wasn't ready to move on. (Words, no problem. Numbers.... well, they don't come as easily.) I would love to finish his 2nd grade math program (RightStart Math) over the summer, but we may have to continue to work on it in the fall and start the 3rd grade book in January. I'd rather he really understood the concepts than hurry him along. That's the beauty of homeschooling!! I also would rather he worked slowly through the summer and not forget what he has learned! (And I'm very pleased with the solid mathmatical foundation he is getting through RightStart.)
  • Finish up First Language Lessons 2 with Levi. I think we'll just breeze through the last lessons and not focus on any of the memory work (prepositions, and such) since he will have a lot of that in the next few years through Classical Conversations.
  • Continue to work through both Story of the World: Early Modern Times and Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. These are enjoyable for us, and we don't have a specific deadline to finish up the books. It would be wonderful if we could wrap them up before September, but I'm not sure that is realistic. We might take a break and pick them up again in January, or do them very slowly throughout the fall.
  • Work in Handwriting Without Tears workbooks. Levi should easily be able to finish the cursive book over the summer without breaking a sweat, so he will be able to do his 3rd grade writing in cursive. Leif and Luke also have their own workbooks.
  • Piano lessons and practice for Luke. Piano review for Levi.
  • Lots of free reading for all three boys.
  • Play. Play. Play. Spend a lot of time outside.

I think that about covers it!

ETA: I forgot all about spelling. We might slip some of that in this summer, as well. See how organized I am? Grin.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Hi Heidi,
I'm in the same boat as you, working on "summer school". I really, really am pleased with RightStart Math as well and I think it's going to just get better the more we study.