To school or not to school in the summer... that is the question.
Well, maybe it's not quite so dramatic or Shakespearean, but it's a question that homeschoolers battle each and every June. Do we keep schooling through the summer or take a break?
Personally, I don't like either answer -- or maybe I like both, because we have always done a little of each.
But, then I have to decide, is the program the right length and is it worth the money for a summer course? Obviously, I'd love a program that is free for the summer, but does that even exist?
Summer School or School in Summer?
In the beginning, we just kept right on schooling through summer.
Why? Well, it wasn't because I was a harsh taskmaster who didn't allow my little protegies a vacation. It was because I live in the Southern United States and it's hotter than Hades here. I did NOT want to go out in the summer... for anything. So, we just kept schooling as normal during the hottest months of the year and then took a nice long break in October.
As the kids have aged though, I haven't had the autonomy to just keep moving along as usual. Summer events, summer camps, teen friends hanging out, and general unagreeableness has led us to modify our school year. Now, we do take a big break in June, but we still keep schooling -- just not like our normal year.
So, yes, we school in summer and we don't really school in summer. See? It's easy to follow my brain.
What I mean is that we have a more relaxed approach in summer. We don't have our normal routine and all of the subjects. Usually, it's just one or two subjects that either we need to catch up on, have presented particular opportunities, or are areas we just like to spend extra time.
So, homeschool mama, how do you find great opportunities to keep schooling while still giving yourself a little break from the normal school year?
Find already done for you lessons and unit studies
Now, this seems a bit of a no-brainer. Find something that's already done -- open-and-go -- that can sustain you through the summer.
But is it really?
The truth is that it's not easy to find something that is worth your time, short enough to only be a summer curricula, and be reasonably priced. I know. I've been on the search for years. But, don't fear. I've found a great one-stop-shopping place that can help you find just what you need for the months of summer that won't break the bank. Even, better? It's free for the summer!
Free For The Summer Programs
Over the years, I've searched for a quick summer program and I've found several. Some have been a significant cost (looking at you ballet camp!). Some have been reasonably priced, and some have been free! Now, I'm not one to always tout a free program because a LOT of the time you get exactly what you paid for. But, there are those exceptions that make me always want to check out a free program before I say no.
If you are looking for a short summer program that is free, then you should check out Homeschool Buyers Club. That name may sound familiar. You may remember the name Homeschool Buyers Co-op that I have mentioned before. This is the same website with new branding and management. And, they still have some awesome deals!
We've been focusing on history this summer because of a field trip we're planning this fall, so here are a few we've checked into this summer.
History Alive is a history program that specializes in making learning history, science and geography fun. Each month, they choose a different topic and create 20 short videos and additional learning resources about it. At the Homeschool Buyers Club, you can get a free 30 trial -- perfect for summer!
The Mystery of History Volume II Cookbook is a cookbook full of recipes from the era that The Mystery of History Volume II follows (through the Middle Ages). I'm all about snacks so this is a great way to get the kids excited about history!
Sometimes you want something that is educational, but really just a fun way to spend the summer. Often these are subjects that get punted to the side during the school year. These are a great way to add fun to a boring and HOT summer.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…