Our solution is a minimal summer learning routine that helps keep basic skills from atrophy. They rotate through the following list each week, not everything in one day.
- Scripture study (generally daily)
- Reading a book chosen from Mom's list. Beginning readers work on lessons with me.
- Writing something.
- Math practice.
The kids chose their books from my list on this day. They will work their way through their chosen book whenever it is assigned and when they finish they choose another book from the list. Here are their selections:
- Makayla - Fahrenheit 451. She is also reading The Screwtape Letters because she wanted to.
- Joseph - Treasure Island. He was excited for an adventure tale.
- Emma - Sherlock Holmes. She had already started this but it is on my list of options so she chose to keep going with this one.
- Daniel - Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book. He loved the idea of reading less sanitized versions of fairy tales.
- Oliver - He's finishing up All About Reading 2 and will then dive into reading from a list I have created for him. The goal is to be reading easy chapter books by the end of the summer.
- Caleb - He's doing All About Reading 1 and we have yet to hit a lesson that slows him down.
- Mason - He's started All About Reading 1 and is blending pretty well.
- Samuel - He's trying to blend CVC words when Mason is doing his lesson, I'm just letting him play with it.
- Tobias - As the resident 18 month old he's just bringing books to be read to him often.
I'm reading aloud My Side of the Mountain to all the kids for our Homeschool Book Club. Some of the oldest kids remember it but it has been several years since we read the book. I also cozy up with all the kids who are not independent readers each day to read them a chapter book (we're starting My Father's Dragon) and stacks of picture books they pull from the shelves or we bring home from the library.
The kids are free to choose when they do their chores and summer learning list but that if it isn't finished before lunch there are specific consequences triggered (like missing out on Kindle time during Mason's hour and a half afternoon medical care). It is always interesting to see my kids as individuals and how they handle time management. Some dive right into the work to get it out of the way, others do 1 task then a break, then another task, until it is finished, and there are even those who put it off and then push through things right before the deadline. To each their own!