Thursday, May 14, 2009

To Summer School or NOT to Summer School, THAT is the question!

What are YOU going to do this summer?

This has been one crazy year. It started last summer when I found out I had some blood pressure issue's. Shortly after that my sweet daddy went through a second bout with cancer and we did a lot of traveling back and forth. (he lives four hours away) Add to that the responsibility of homeschooling my four sons, taking them on field trips, plugging into co-op's, running to park days and the truth is, I'm just POOPED!

Yet, I hate to take the summer off because then I end up spending the whole month of August reviewing what they've forgotten on their time off. Not to mention the chaos of no structure at all. But the thought of having to pull out a curriculum sends shimmers up this Mama's arms. So I have found a wonderful balance!

I have decided this year that we are going to do a simplified Summer School. It's the best of both worlds. The boys will stay on top of their basic core subjects (Math and Language Arts) using Time4Learning and I can relax and be available, but no big lesson plans to worry about.
I look forward to simply spending our mornings working on Math and Language Arts using our beloved On-Line Time4Learning curriculum.

On the other hand, I have a close girlfriend who doesn't even want to hear the word school and covets her summers off. As I've been pondering my conversation with this friend and the deep discussion we had trying to figure out what was best for our children, our homes, it made me wonder what others are planning?

Whether you homeschool or go to school, do you take the summer off or do you work on academics? Do you do just the basics or go for it and do EVERYTHING? Enquiring minds want to know!

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