Lest you think that I only assign my children chores when things are a little slow over the summer, let me share a few of my other ideas.
I am incredibly thankful for the blessing it is to home school, but I do look forward to a summer break! Our goal is to work on schoolwork from August 1 – May 1, but this doesn’t always work exactly.
When the majority of our schoolwork finishes up, I sit down with the kids to help each of them write up a list of about 10 summer goals. (I admit this is the first summer in many years that my adult children have not done this with me!)
These goals include family activities (like going swimming or to a movie), as well as getting together with friends and projects (like cleaning out a closet or painting a picture). Each week I try to make time to accomplish at least one of each of the kids’ goals for the summer.
During the school year, I keep my own list of goals for the summer dated in May on my Google calendar. Then, when summer comes I can start working on them. These goals range from house upkeep and cleaning projects to writing projects to field trips to homeschooling prep to lots of catching up with friends that I’m unable to do during the school year.
In the summer, we continue our daily Bible study as well as math and book reading, plus plenty of outdoor play. But the kids are still frequently at a loss for what to do when I’m busy on one of my many projects.
So, this year, I’m trying a terrific idea a friend posted on Facebook. The kids and I each wrote several activities on popsicle sticks and marked them with a time (like 30 minutes or 60 minutes or 2 hours) . That way when we had a little time or a lot of time, we could pick one out. This has worked well so far! Thank you, Suzanne!
What do you do in the summer???