Summer School: A flexible schedule

We don’t *Stop* schooling over the summer. In fact, I subscribe to the philosophy of everything is learning, and every day is a school day (yes even weekends and Holidays!) If you have been a subscriber and a blog reader for awhile, you also know my motto: There is no wrong way to homeschool! There is only your way, and that’s the right way! So as we ease further into summer why not try a flexible summer homeschool schedule where each day has a bit of a theme? I’m going to share my fun ideas with you – but there are literally tons of these things floating around the internet. Be inspired, but do what works for YOUR family, the area you live, your comfort level, supplies, etc.

This type of summer homeschool schedule also works great for families who are not currently homeschooling and just need a little something to keep their minds busy. 

Movie Monday – watch, share, create

Each Monday watch a movie, create a “book report” type activity to go along with it and discuss as a family the aspects of the movie. You can make: Movie posters, dioramas. character maps, write new endings, puppets, Lego builds, etc. Discussions can include character development, plot development, setting changes (what if the movie took place in space?) and if the movie happens to also be a book, that opens up a whole realm of compare and contrast! 

We have a FREE Movie Discussion Guide in our Homeschool Holiday Store.

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Download your FREE Movie Discussion Guide in the Homeschool Holiday Store!

Take a Trip Tuesday
get out or make it virtual

Field Trips don’t have to be expensive and elaborate. A picnic in the backyard works! There are many Virtual Field trips as well to museums, amusement parks and zoos all over the world. Home School Holiday has a “Travel the World” Field Trip activity in which you can “visit” 14 different countries. Your learners make a passport and everything. This cool activity is available in the Homeschool Holiday store as well as your favorite online teacher marketplaces.

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Visit the Homeschool Holiday store or your favorite teaching market place to purchase.

Want something a little shorter? Try our FREE virtual field trip to France! France happens to be the most popular tourist destination in the world and you can visit with our Sample activity! This freebie also includes a template for making a travel brochure. It can be used for the virtual trip to France or as an activity after on of your summer field trips!

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Visit the Homeschool Holiday Shop to download this freebie!

Word Study Wednesday
vocabulary, reading, book club

There are so many options for increasing your word power! Use Wednesdays to read together as a family. You can use a different book each week, or a longer book that builds anticipation. Invite a few other families to join and create a book club in which you can share ideas. You can meet using online tools such as Google Meet or Zoom . You can hold a book club in person if you’d like. Your learners can also simply engage in their own personal reading time. If you want to add more of a vocabulary twist to the day, why not use a word of the day/week activity such as the one available from Homeschool Holiday. This Vocabulary of the Day/Week has 200 words suitable for grades 3 – 7, or you can easily use the worksheets with your own words. This is another great FREEBIE!

Cover image for the vocabulary word of the day / week free product download. Shows sample templates for exploring the parts of speech and using the 200 provided words in a sentence.
Visit the Homeschool Holiday store to download this skill building freebie!

Think Thursday
science and math, puzzles and games

We always defaulted to puzzles and games on Think Thursday! The kids can use apps to keep up with their math facts or even a deck of cards. My all time favorite for the middle grades is to play multiplication war. It’s like the old fashioned game of war – but you want to be the first to multiply the two cards. A tie in calling out the answer results in the “war”. Spending a few hours together on a puzzle or playing a board game is summer fun that simply can’t be beat! You can also try an out of the box idea and go on a Scavenger Hunt! 

There is a fantastic Free version of the Indoor Scavenger Hunt in our Curriculum Club Member Area*  or you can snag the Mega Pack  With 20 different hunts!

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Vist the homeschool holiday store or your favorite teacher marketplace to purchase is fantastic collection of Scavenger hunts!

Traditional puzzles and board games work great for “Think Thursday” too. It’s a day for Sudoku, Dominoes or even old fashioned 21. Some other Brain Games you may like to mix thing sup can be found in our Puzzles and Brain teasers Pack. There are 10 different activities all designed to improve cognitive function and problem solving skills for multiple ages.

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Visit the Homeschool Holiday Shop or your favorite teacher marketplace to purchase these cognitive stimulating activities for your fast finishers!

Fan Art Friday
recreate the greats

Whatever your level of “creative” – find a famous painting, sculpture, or even craft item and use whatever you have on hand to make your own version of it. Be inspired by the art! Playdough (find an easy homemade recipe for extra fun) is a great way to make sculptures. What about a Lego bust of a famous face? Summer construction paper mosaics suddenly become masterpieces when hung on the fridge – guaranteed! 

If you want to keep the “Schooling” going into the weekend, we call it: 

So Together Saturday and Sunday
special meals, one on one with each child, chores and gardening

Use the weekend to cook together, make sure you spend one on one time with each of your children (even if it’s while you fold laundry!) and get outside to do some yard work and gardening. Summer is a perfect time for flowers or vegetables! If you have a small space, try container gardening. Chores are a wonderful way to maintain responsibility and build character. 

Whether you do *something everyday* or just one thing each week, I hope these ideas help you keep the minds you share space with active this summer!

Until next time, Be Blessed!

– Mrs. Crabtree

  • Post updated 2021

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