Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Fun

Yes, I know, other kids are finished school and on break. 

We live in the south--it's 9 am June 1st and it's already 81 degrees and 77% humidity headed toward the low 90's. Most children I know do not want to go out in the heat. They end up wanting to veg in front of a tv or game screen, which is very limited in our home. Life is too short to waste too many of the hours God has given us by living vicariously through tv and video games.  

Our family has decided we'd be better served to take off more time in the spring and fall/winter when they can go outside and actually enjoy it! 

A few things to keep in mind:

*homeschooling only takes a couple of hours (3) a day rather than the 7 or 8 hours kids go to traditional school

*we don't have homework b/c I'm with my children and I have a pretty good idea what they know, I don't need to give them repetitive busy work to see if they understand it  

*By schooling year round (short terms with frequent short breaks--we tend to do 6 weeks on 2-3 weeks off), we waste very little time on review. Most textbooks have several weeks of review.

Just because we are "in school" doesn't mean we can't play with our friends who are on regular summer break. I know the principal (wink, wink) and he's fine with us taking a day here and there to play! Plus we're done by lunch anyway...