Our Easy Peasy Summer Learning Schedule
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As educational plans are up in the air for Z with our upcoming move, it was important to me that I keep a somewhat normal learning schedule with her. A few months ago, I had an all-out lesson plan for each day of the week, completely color coded and scheduled.
A couple of days before I started “summerlearning” with her, however, I realized that is sooooo not my style. Well, I guess it’s sorta my style — I like to over-plan, so I can relax and then be flexible. So, I over-planned, realized that there was no way I was going to make Z (or myself) sit through hours of “school work” over the summer, and decided to chill the hell out.
So, you’ll notice there is no set schedule — only goals for the day. Part of my goal, when starting to work from home, was to have freedom in my schedule. Because of that it seemed silly to start a rigid schedule of learning at home for Z. Besides, I am an early bird and she is a night owl, so our mornings are very different. By having goals, we can get it done whenever during the day, and it takes the pressure off. Plus, Z is a visual learner, (and also loves feeling prepared) so having a checklist every day has been really fun for her, so far.
Over the summer, I’m only covering the basics (Reading, Writing, Math) with fun science experiments, field trips, and lots and lots of books. We’re making at least 2-3 trips/week to the library (which we both love…) And time spent actually doing work is 15-20 minutes or less (except for book reading or fun educational YouTube Videos/Games/Apps.
As far as supplies go, go figure, I keep it simple.
- Clipboard with Storage
- Daily Sheet Set from TPT
- Daily Journal Set from TPT
- Plenty of books from the library
- YouTube/Kindle Fire & Computer Apps/Games (In another post, I’ll share some of my favs!)
As you can see, not only is my list super simple, but it’s also CHEAP. There’s just no sense in making learning complicated and/or expensive — learning can come from anywhere, and that’s the mantra I’ve been clinging to.
The clipboard is my favorite thing because it opens and has some storage. So, I store the daily sheets, her journal, and math workbook (although, we haven’t been staying in the math workbook much) in there.
Then, I clip a Daily Sheet and the Schedule to the front of the clipboard. Having a simple clipboard with a few tasks also helps me foster independence with Z (which is necessary since I also work from home).
I want to stress the fact that we don’t do it the same way everyday. Z and I both operate well in a world that has routine, but flexibility. So, each day looks different, but similar, if that makes sense.
And that’s that…easy peasy right?
Do you have any sort of summer schedule with your family? How does it come together for you?