A couple weeks ago my daughter told me she wanted to be home schooled (long story). I talked to her about how it might not be the right choice for her. Her reply was, “But Mom, last year we did summer school homeschooling!” Yesssssssssss. After all that work that I put into trying to avoid summer blues, she did really enjoy it. Here’s what we did and will do this summer too:
Each week we chose a theme. We had everything from sports to art and then US History and geography. I let my two youngest kids alternate picking the theme. I would print worksheets out according to their age/skill level- I used Enchanted Learning most often for the worksheets. We always had some kind of math, some reading, some writing. I also gave my daughter a topic to write in her journal. And I gave her writing prompts. I’m so glad I did- I love reading what she wrote.
I bought a 3 stack organizer (since I have 3 kids) and wrote each of their names on a drawer. Their worksheets, books, journals were all kept there so they were ready to go when it was time to work on the next theme. This system worked out really well.
This year I decided I wanted something visual to go along with it. So I made this:
1 inexpensive clip Ikea frame- 16x20ish size
4 sheets of scrapbook paper
2 white sheets of paper
picture of your child (mine is 8×10)
vinyl stickers (I have a vinyl cutter so I used that, BUT you could just use scrapbook stickers)
dry erase marker
Print an 8×10 picture of your child(ren).
Position 4 scrapbook sheets and glue to frame sheet (I just glued mine to the Ikea paper)
Depending on how many sections you want, cut white sheets to cover some of the scrapbook paper- otherwise it’d be too hard to read writing on the frame.
Glue picture on scrapbook paper as well.
Put frame back together.
Using a ruler, position stickers on top of the frame.
Using a dry erase marker, fill in each section at the beginning of each week.
You can check them off or cross each thing off as you complete them. Then erase and start over.
I’m making 3 for my 3 kids- they are at all different levels and I have to adapt each category for them. But you could make one for all your kids if they will all be working on the same things.
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