Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer School Goals

If you read this post, then you already know that we are moving into Summer School mode around here. I mentioned a few things in the post that I thought you might be wondering about, so I thought I'd quickly share them here for you.

In the previous post, I mentioned that I formulated a plan for summer. I mentioned that I made a list of goals for summer. I mentioned that I made a schedule for summer to include just a bit of time for school, but also some time for other pressing matters and for play.

Goals and Plans for Summer School

So, after starting the work involved in planning our family's trip in September, I realized how little time we really have and how little time and focus I am really going to have this summer to devote to school. So, I sat down and looked at the things we had going in school. I determined what I really wanted to finish before our trip. I determined which things we could just pick up with in 2nd & 4th grades after our trip. Basically, I wanted to finish up all of the skills subjects, finish a couple of read alouds and continue our regular Bible and devotional reading and discussions. Here are some of the goals I came up with for our Summer School Work:
  • Both girls finish their respective Queen Language Lessons books.
  • The Hippie finish her Cursive book.
  • The Hippie finish her current Math level.
  • The Hippie read every day (well 4 school days per week) from both a literature selection (her choice from approved choices) and a history selection (listed below).
  • The Princess read to me every day (4 school days per week)
  • The Princess read to herself every day.
  • The Princess finish her Treadwell First Reader (she's almost finished now).
  • Finish reading Trumpet of the Swan, Boy of the Pyramids and Seven Sisters books aloud.
  • Finish reading all Old Testament chapters up through the death of Moses.
  • The Hippie do drawings and copywork for each Old Testament chapter.
  • Finish reading all Fairy Tales for First Grade.
  • The Princess do drawings and copywork for each Fairy Tale.
  • Have Bible/Devotional time each morning with the girls as they eat ~ reading from The Child's Story Bible, Wisdom and the Millers and the Tomie DePaola Book of Bible Stories.
  • Listen to classical music.
  • Bake and play games and do puzzles.
  • Play some math games with the Princess (and drop the pencil/paper math work until 2nd grade).
  • Momma spend some time each week planning 2nd and 4th grades.
  • Momma spend some time each week planning our trip.
  • Spend some time each week on various household cleaning and/or cleaning out/organizing projects.
The Hippie's Summer History Reading:
  • A Lion to Guard Us
  • Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Matchlock Gun
So, how to get all of that done, you ask?

Girls' Summer Schedule
  • Morning Routine (Bible at breakfast)
  • Chores
  • Summer School
  • Project time (Baking/Games, Household Projects, Play while Mom plans)
  • Lunch & Clean Up
  • Read Aloud
  • Quiet Time
  • Snack
  • Outside Play with friends on the street
  • Shower
  • Dinner & Clean Up
  • Nighttime Routine & Daddy time
  • Read Aloud
  • Bed
I made up some new checklists for the girls, just for summer. They have about an hour's worth of work, four days a week. I mapped out what lessons to do each day in order to finish ... Their subjects will trail off as the weeks go on. The Hippie will finish up her Language Lessons after 11 weeks, her cursive after 8 weeks, her math after 9 weeks and her Old Testament drawings and copywork after 10 weeks. The Princess will finish up her Language Lessons after about 10 weeks and her Fairy Tale drawings and copywork after 7 weeks.

After that, we are off to Germany to visit my mom and will start our new school year in October when we return. So excited!

Until next time,
    ~ Irie Momma


  1. Looks full but good! Enjoy your summer and your trip!

  2. How wonderful! Have a great time. - Denise

  3. Can't wait till you all get here!!


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