Friday, July 17, 2009

Why is it so hard

to get the kids to do school work in the summer? Always about mid July we come to a halt. I planned it that way this year but we didn't quite finish up. I thought it would be no big deal to continue on another two weeks and wipe out the books. I was wrong. Nobody wants to hit the books. The kids want to swim all day and lounge around in the heat. Its this way every year. I need to go with it.

The key to success is to find the flow of your days and work with it instead of fighting it. So I have decided that we will take from today through August off just like I originally planned last fall. What is 10 or 12 pages in a workbook? Its not going to mean they can't move on to the next level. I need to quit sweating it!

Here's to summer!


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  2. I'm just gonna have to come right out and say this ~ and I only say it as your friend...

    I'm afraid that there's no way your children can go all through the rest of the summer without learning....

    ..... it just won't come from a workbook. *grin*


  3. I have two weeks left to do in our book and I, myself, can't seem to want to get it done. I pull it off the shelf and then hardly get back to it the rest of the day. I almost want to skip it and wait till August too. You might have just encourage me to do so. LOL.

  4. We have been homeschooling year round with little breaks here and there, but after five years of this, we tool July off! Sometimes you just need a nice long break. Jeremy starts up again in August, but just one subject and some reading. We need to finish up English because we did two programs this past year. He really likes the Climbing to Good English workbooks, so we did CGE and R&S. We are not going to do this again - got too far behind!

    Next year we'll take off July - August. It's too hot to think, and I agree, the lazy days of summer were meant to be enjoyed. :)

  5. Hey Mrs. D - I like your new place!

    We end up being busier in the summer what with soccer and baseball camps, history camp, scout camps... we don't do nearly as much reading and other "bookwork" as I'd like. But the kids sure do learn a lot!

  6. Must be something in the air... or the water...

    This is the first time we've taken so much time off in the summer, too. We really enjoy taking breaks (long weekends, sometimes even longer)during the regular school year so much, though, that we start our year the beginning of August. That gives us the flexibility we want and still gives us plenty of time to get in our required minimum of 180 days.

  7. I am glad you are doing this. You will be very glad you did.

  8. You're smart to just "go with the flow". :) Enjoy the rest of your summer!


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