Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Homeschooling

Last year our "schooling" during the summer months included posting a large tree on the side of the fridge and taping on a leaf every time the oldest read a book. Each branch held ten leaves and when the oldest filled a branch, she got a prize. The prizes (like picking a treat from the store or getting her nails done in a salon) got progressively bigger until she had filled the whole tree and was able to "take the family" to a local theme park.
This year my goal for summer homeschooling for the oldest is to maintain the math and reading level that we have achieved this year. For the boy, I'd like to give him the respect of participating and the fun of getting prizes. They'll both be heading to a tutorial in the fall (4 days a week, 3 hours a day, homework and extracurriculars to fill in the rest of their homeschooling time).
So, after discussing it with the two of them we decided that they'd like something similar to the tree idea only there would be three ways to gain leaves/points: worksheets, memorizing Bible verses, and reading books. I'm keeping it as simple as possible so we'll actually follow through with it.
I'm at a loss as to what to do for recording their points. Having something they like to look at is a must (the tree was a thing of beauty, don't you think?). Perhaps a board game-like poster where they can color in the squares or something.
Each time each of them reaches 15 leaves/squares/points, they will receive a small prize, with the culmination being going somewhere special as a family. This year's special place might be Gatlinburg (TN); I think we can pull it off as a day trip, and the ski lift and an ice cream cone would probably be enough to make their day.
For the worksheets, I'll print them all out at once and leave them on a shelf in our homeschool cabinet. Here's where I'll find them (free of course!)
Any ideas or suggestions for me? What are all of you doing for schooling during the summer?
Linked to Friday Finding BeautyFiner Things FridayTickled Pink, and Just for the Joy of It.


  1. Great to meet another home educator! We have been at it for 13 years. :) Great job to you, I love the tree!

  2. love the tree,
    Happy Friday!

  3. :) I was never above bribing my kids :)

    Thanks so much for joining us on Friday~~Finding Beauty.


  4. Olivia,

    This is my first time to your sweet blog via Finding Beauty Friday. How about letting each work on a post with you once every other week (or whatever schedule works for you)? They pick the topic, take the photographs and write the post. It can even be a tutorial.

    I invite you to stop by my blog and while there be sure to enter my giveaways.


  5. Great ideas... you might want to check out this blog
    for more ideas. The gal who writes this blog is friends with Lisa's friend Stephanie. (Does that make sense). Anyway, she recommends a book called Sanity in the Summertime by Dillow. I think I am going to get it. Hope you have fun at the beach!

  6. I found your blog via territory mom, and find it to be very interesting. I taught school one day a week (this past year) for my daughter-in-law who has a Home School Enrichment Academy. I love your idea of encouraging reading. I tell my students they can travel the world over, and never leave home - just by reading a book.