For various reasons, there are more and more families who are pulling their children out of regular school and teaching them at home. Some parents or guardians will home school them while keeping to the traditional nine month school year. Other parents or guardians choose to home school them all year round, including in the summer. Home schooling your child during summer break is something you should think about before jumping right into it. This is a decision that can have both it’s ups and downs. To help you think about your decision, here are a few of the pros and cons of home schooling in the summer. There are also a few tips to help you balance out the pros and cons.
Pros of Home Schooling In The Summer:
The Learning Continues.
When you continue to home school your child in the summer, the learning will continue. You will not have to worry about children forgetting what they have learned from September through June. You can also use the summer to help children strengthen any subjects they may not do so well in.
Will Cure Boredom.
Even during summer vacation, children find themselves with nothing to do. The weather may be too hot or rainy, or their best buddies may be on vacation or at summer camp. When this happens, you can pull out a worksheet or small lesson for them to do. Try to keep it fun, however, because they are looking to cure their boredom.
Do you already have next year’s lesson plan thought out? You could do a little of it over the summer! This will give you a more flexible schedule over the next school year. If your child becomes ill or something comes up where you need the day off, you can take off without worrying about falling too far behind.
Cons of Home Schooling In The Summer:
Everyone Needs A Break.
Everyone needs a break, and this includes children. There are plenty of families taking breaks from school and vacations from work, make sure you schedule one for your family as well! This will give children the chance to rest their bodies and mind. You do want to give children the chance to enjoy their childhood summers while they are still young! Besides, you need a break from the teaching as well! This will give you the chance to come up with more lesson plans for later, as well as getting things done around the house and enjoying the summer.
If you do decide to home school all year round, consider giving your child breaks through-out the year.
Children May Become Frustrated.
Doing too much work all-year round may end up frustrating children. For starters, they want a break from the reading, math, science, and other topics. They have been doing it for nine months and they are looking for a break. When they see their friends playing outside or inviting them over to play, they may feel bad that they cannot join in on the fun. They may wonder why everyone else can have a summer vacation buy they can’t. This, in return, may frustrate or upset them.
Making The Lesson Plans.
If you do not have a lesson plan thought out or made up for the summer or the next school year, then you will need to plan one in order to home school all summer. Remember, you will have to do this while you are still working with the end of this school year as well as taking care of your family. If you are not planning to take too many breaks through out the next school year, you will have to come up with a lesson plan and schedule that does not interfere with the next school year. This can become stressful for you in the end.
Tips For The Pros and Cons.
So you want your child to continue learning, but the cons may outweigh the pros. You do not have to give up the learning or the summer vacation. There are ways to balance out the pros and cons of homes schooling in the summer.
The first tip would be to only turn special holidays and special events into a home schooling lesson. If Father’s Day falls after you are finished home schooling, then turn this into a summer lesson. Children can make their own gift as a way of learning about arts and crafts. Use the 4th of July as a fun history lesson! Whether you are shopping for Father’s Day, birthdays, back to school, or even groceries, this can turn into a home schooling. Children can use shopping as a way to learn about math and money, reading the sale papers or packages, and even health and what types of food you should buy. Baking a cake for a holiday or birthday? Let your children help you measure and mix the ingredients needed! You can turn anything into a summer home schooling lesson without piling them up with worksheets and textbooks.
The second tip is to do a review once or twice a month. Remind them of what they learned through out the previous school year. This is a great way to see what they still remember, and what kind of lessons plans you may need to make for the next school year. By reviewing once or twice a month, you are still teaching your children without taking up their entire summer break.
The third tip would be to have your child participate in summer reading programs. Most libraries will be doing them (and some will even give out prizes at the end). Your child can read a book of his or her choice and write a small report on it. If you cannot find a summer reading program, make a family summer reading program on your own. You can allow your children to pick out the books and give them a short questionnaire on it (or ask them to do a small book report). At the end of the summer, you may decide to give them a small reward. Children love to work for rewards, and summer reading will encourage them to read more!
The fourth and final tip is to enroll them in fun classes. Learning doesn’t always have to be about math, reading, mad science. Children can also learn about art, music, gardening and helping others. Look for different clubs and classes that may spark your child’s interest. This can include art classes, music and dance classes, theater, gardening clubs, chess clubs, bug clubs, and even Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Children can learn and have fun over the summer! This can spark an old hobby or even start a new one!
Knowing the pros and cons of home schooling in the summer, as well as helpful tips, can aid you in making your final decision. If after considering the cons you still decide you want to home school your child, you can always keep the tips in mind to balance everything out. This way you can rest assure that your child is still learning, and your child can rest assured that he or she will still be able to enjoy their summer break! Enjoy your summer of fun and learning!