Tuesday, April 10, 2012
G is for "Goals for Summer"
Isn't it strange how just when you start to get excited about closing out a current school year, that you already start getting excited about the next one? Maybe it's just me (but I doubt it).
Not only am I planning our curriculum, schedule and activities for next year, I am also setting some goals for summer.
Do you homeschool in the summer? We do not have formal school, but we certainly do learn all summer long. I don't really schedule anything. But learning opportunities just seem to show up. (And, I am planning on counting those days as school days, if we really are learning. We definitely have "school" more than the 180 required days per year.)
I have some general goals for us this summer. We are planning to resume formal school on July 23rd (at least the little two are). Until then, there are some things I would like us to accomplish informally.
1. Library. We will be participating in our library's summer reading program, like we always do. Each child has a goal to read 20 books. I try to encourage more. This year I think I will have them each read their 20 books and then read one chapter book. That will be a real stretch for Eli, but a huge accomplishment.
2. St. Louis Vacation. Dawson requested that we go back to St. Louis, Missouri, for vacation this year. The last time we were there, he was Brynne's age. He wants to revisit the Arch, go to The Magic House, to City Museum, and to the zoo. Last time it was the bicentennial of the expedition of Lewis and Clark, so there were many exhibits. I will do some research ahead of time and see if we can come up with something else to learn about.
3. Prepping for the Olympics. The first unit Eli and Brynne will be studying when we start school on July 23rd is the Olympics! We will spend some of our summer break getting ready for it!
4. Swimming. We will be swimming anywhere we can and as much as we can. We get season passes every year to a local water park and try to go at least once a week. We also have the opportunity to swim in a neighbor's pool when they are gone to the lake for the weekend. That is a blessing! Staying cool is a major goal!
5. Organization. Drawers, cabinets, and closets need purged and organized! We have been in our house for almost 5 years, so it is more than time. I am hoping to really get some of that done this summer. Under this category also falls getting our supplies, curriculum, and lessons organized and planned for the upcoming school year. I did a lot of prep work last summer, and I have been so thankful this whole year that I did that.
6. Relax and Have Fun! Summer will come and go in the blink of an eye. We need to enjoy it while we can.
Do you make goals for the summer?
Linking up this letter g post with Marcy at Blogging Through the Alphabet. Join us!