Thursday, May 22, 2014

6 Steps for an Awesome Summer Series | Step 4 Summer School

Step 4 | Summer School

We have had some difficulties with our computer this last week, have replaced the hard drive, and are still having problems uploading photos.  So, no photos this week.  I will add some photos and update this post as soon as I can!

We have been doing summer school the last few years.  The system below has worked great for our family.

We meet in the morning before chores and summer school.  We pray, read our scriptures, work on memorization, and read from a couple other reference type books like Story of the World, Mathematicians are People, Too, or First Language Lessons.  We only spend a short amount of time reading from one or two of these reference books.

Read Alouds
I will read during lunchtime but I also sometimes read at bedtime and at other times during the day, as the mood strikes.  We will just be working on reading books from our 2014 reading list.  We need to focus on these since we have only read a couple from the list this year.  Below are the list of books we will be choosing from.  We also love to listen to books on tape in the car and at home.

The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
More All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Babe:  The Gallant Pig by dick King-Smith
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (Free on Kindle)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery
Summer School Binder
This is their individual Summer School Program, catered to them.  They have a chart to mark off each day in their binder.  They each have 4 things to do for summer school: reading, writing, math, and typing.  Below is a breakdown of what they are required to do in each category and the amount of minutes they are required to work on each item.  They have to do writing, typing, and math during our designated Summer School time, but the reading they can do at anytime during the day.  My kids always read before bed, so this will work well for them.  My 5 year old will have to work on the items below for half the amount of time.   They only work on their binders Monday through Thursday. 

R - Reading – (30)  Read from a chapter book or read aloud a picture book to a siblings. 

W - Writing – (20) Write a letter, email, book report, worksheet, handwriting sheets, write in your journal, or write a story.

T - Typing – (20) Internet typing site.

M - Math – (20) Kahn Academy, Xtra Math, or worksheet.

Here is one of our summer school checklists.
We store their check off list, worksheets, paper, and zippered pencil holder in their own 3 ring binder.  I love having it all contained in one place.  We pull them out once a day, work on them, mark them off, and put them away for the day.  If we have to travel somewhere, the binders and a book are easy to bring with us.

I'm wanting to join in with the kid's summer school this year.  I'm thinking I will join them in working on my own education alongside them this year.  If you haven't checked out the Khan Academy, do, it is amazing!  Such a great site and it is free!

Find the Other Steps to this Series Below
6 Steps to an Awesome Summer Series | Work
6 Steps for an Awesome Summer Series | Summer School
6 Steps for an Awesome Summer Series | Activities
6 Steps to an Awesome Summer | Crafts
6 Steps for an Awesome Summer Series | Schedules

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