It’s officially SUMMER!!!!!
Summer + 7 kids = NEW BOREDOM BUSTERS!!!
We are rarely ever bored, but I’ve had a lot of questions on how I keep the kids learning and occupied in the summer?
Pretty much the same way every other season of the year.
We have schooled this entire year. Actually, July 5th is our home school-aversary.
We knew when we decided to home school that we would “school” year round.
Little did we know the amazing journey that decision would lead us on!!! (completely different blog post, stay tuned)
Our learning is incorporated into our daily living, so we don’t have specific schooling times…it’s literally just alllllll the time.
More on how we unschool in a later post😊
But there is something about summer that brings new ideas and fresh inspirations.
Living in Montana, when you come out of a drab winter, you want something beautiful in the summer.
I wasn’t sure how the kids were going to react to learning in the summer, but realistically…this has become our life, so there has been no complaints from “The Munchkin Center.”
We make learning fun and interactive so there isn’t much room for complaining and attitudes.
But I have instilled some fun, new looks for this summer’s extra curricular learning.
It may be something we keep on through the fall or through forever. We just really really like it right now!
We call it CIRCUITS.
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So I have 5 kids that are schooling age. My toddlers do their own version of learning (blocks, videos, coloring, stem projects, etc.) but they are not peddled through this specific circuit cycle.
So I made 5 cicuits that the kids flow through in just under 2 hours.
Each cicuit is for 20 minutes and then we allow for 2 minutes to switch.
So far it has been AMAZING!
You can pretty much do whatever circuits you want, but here are mine.
This is done at the kitchen counter. It gives me a chance to still roam around and straighten certain rooms while working with the kids. Depending on the activity, sometimes I am completely dedicated to them, other times I can go back and forth as they work.
So Mom time has been both “mom led” and “child led.” If I have nothing pressing for them, I will let them pick what they want to do with me.
No, they can’t snuggle or watch Gilmore Girls…it has to be “educational.” But I promise, there will be both snuggling and Gilmore Girls later!!
This is my time to work on a problem area for the kids. Fractions, thermometers, alphabet, shapes etc.
We will do anything from papers, to reading, to flash cards, to writing crazy stories to brain quest questions.
(Small note, which is probably no surprise to moms who homeschool multiple grades….my kids like to compete while doing the Brain Quest Cards. Whoever answers first gets a point and so on)
So Mom time is really open to whatever, it is simply their time with mom ALONE for 20 minutes.
Also the other 4 know not to interrupt at all (unless death is occurring) while another child has mom time—Pssst…that helps build independence on their part!!
If you know me, I don’t push this on my kids…every one of my kids ask for it (with the exception of Lexis, only some of the time) My kids love workbooks and papers and writing and activity lessons.
I’m over here like “please don’t make me sit down for 20 minutes!!”
Nope, everyone of them gladly find what they wanna do and enjoy it.
This is where “child led” comes into play (Yes, I will get into that in another post)
So here is where they do anything they want really.
I print off pages from Education.com in each grade and they are welcome to any of those.
They also have their own Homeschool Journal which I stumbled upon and BOY DO WE LOVE THEM!
There are so many to choose from, perfectly for each learning style.
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So seat work time is completely independent and free, but done in their “seat.”
Again, something I feel our unschool approach has blossomed in our kids. Reading is not a hassle anymore. They love it. I allow the kids to pick their own library books and they dive right into them. Mermaids and fairies and Soccer. Oh my!
They do this time quietly in their rooms. Most of them will read for 20 minutes and then also read for their seat work time too. And then ask to read more after our circuits are over.
It really is a beautiful thing.
Again, this is done independently. I do encourage my kids to have a pencil and paper handy so if there is a word they can’t read or don’t know the definition, I can help them with it later.
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I can’t say enough how much this has helped our family. It has everything you could ever imagine for your home school day.
The kids have been working through the Summer Guided Lessons. They are interactive learning maps that help them through reading and math in the grade you choose.
It gives them new things to do every week and the kids constantly ask to work on them. It is so packed full of learning, I am happy to turn it on and walk away…knowing my kids are having fun and learning at the same time.
We have also stumbled upon and purchased Brain Pop. Lexi specifically learns visually and this website has a video on anything you want to learn about. Games, music, quizzes…the whole 9 yards.
We have been doing A LOT of painting this summer. Like a lot a lot a lot!!
We do a lot of crafts and music and drama and art! This will be the circuit for that.
For now, we will keep it at painting, but I already have some ideas up my sleeve for mixing it up a little.
Those are our 5 circuits! They are fun and keep the kids in tune the entire time. No boredom here!!
What fun types of learning do you do with your kids in the summer?
We would love to know!