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Subject: Anyone else doing summer school?
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 9:20 AM ET
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We haven't done alot, mainly working on math & spelling (our weak areas).

Does anyone else school year round? (Be it officially schooling or not).

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 10:09 AM ET
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Year round

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 2:06 PM ET
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We do year round as my dd has so many outside interests and activities, we need it to finish book work. One of the perks of homeschooling.

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/20/2008 11:54 PM ET
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We are too!  There just aren't enough days in the year to get everything done.  We've mainly been working on 4-H projects, which have required a lot of writing.  I have also been  reading our Sonlight read aloud books that we hadn't gotten to during the regular school year.  The kids beg for more of these!  We also do the summer reading program and are studying music styles by taking in several concerts in the parks.  Homeschool is such a way of life that the kids really don't know we are still going!  Oh yes, they get plenty of Gym class in our pool too.  Hope your summers are going well.  Carrie

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 7:57 AM ET
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We are just starting back with 'unoffical' school. We are starting a unit on Mark Twain/ Mississippi River / and Tom Sawywer.  We have a Mississippi River museum about two hours from our house so we went there on  Thursday to jump start our unit. Now he is intrested in learning all there is to know. I told him we will start 'offical' school at the end of August. We also have classes that go on here at the local muesums so they count as school too. Hope everyone is having a good summer Michele

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 10:23 AM ET
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Funny you ask.

I always start my school year with grand plans to be finished with our "serious" school work by the end of May--and then life happens.  We usually have at least one subject that drags on into the summer.  I have, however, decided that some textbooks don't have to be finished (just like in regular school), and that some subjects (like math) seem to stick better if we don't take too long of a break anyway.

I'd consider going all summer "seriously," but I've found that summer is full of great activities that enrich our education in other ways.  As a homeschooler, I can find many more day-time activities available in the summer (when the other kids are out of school).  My almost-ninth grader enjoyed the extra training her swim team offers in the summer, and we just came back from attending a re-enactment in Gettysburg, PA,  celebrating the 145th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.  Over the past few years, she's also been involved in a video camp offered at a nearby community access TV station, drama camps, trips to visit family and friends in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Florida, and a lot of free reading time.  (Yes--we do leave some time for hanging out, too.  Somewhere....)  I'm not trying to sound like a super-homeschooler here; I just happen to live in an area where there's a lot of neat stuff around--and I'm the kind of person that never wants to miss anything! :)

So--even when I have grand plans to "get a head start" on next year's school, we usually wind up just enjoying the educational opportunities summer offers.  (Like free Shakespeare In the Park performances!  Ooh!  Must add those to my list....)  :)

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 1:35 PM ET
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We haven't done much, even "unofficially", but my kids have kind of shocked me.  The local district starts on Sept. 2nd, here it is, barely the end of July, and the kids have been asking to "start school".

I guess I should throw them a bone.  ;-)

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 2:01 PM ET
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We've always HS'ed year round.  We take off, from the schedule, from Thanksgiving to New Years.  We'll still do work when we can, but it's not scheduled.  So what we do just gets us done earlier in the year.  If we have no time between all the activities and work, then so be it.  DS does a lot of self-directed learning on Cosmeo, Explore Learning, etc.

We also take a bit of time off in the spring when the weather gets so lovely.  We take off other times in the year as needed.  Typically it's due to me having an auto-immune flare.

In the summer, DS does math daily, and we do music, and other fun stuff we couldn't fit in during the "typical" school year.  He's so busy with activities that just getting the math done some days is a stretch.

Just now the neighbor kids came over and asked if they could "do science".   My DS used to get picked on for being smart - now the kids have figured out that it's an okay thing...and that we have a very cool home library of "smart stuff".  They just left with 12 DIY science project books - off to make goop, and whatever else looks fun!  :-)

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 7:06 PM ET
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We homeschool year round.  We take days off when family visits, on the holidays we do celebrate, and on occasion when my hubby is off of work.  Sometimes with all the days off, we are behind schedule.  We usually plan the summer according to what didn't get finished, or if the kids just want to get ahead.  The schedule varies each year.  This summer we are doing math & learning typing skills, and lots of reading.  We were just going to do Math, but then decided to add Typing to the mix, so they wouldn't have to do actual lessons during the rest of year.  Plus, the typing will help w/ some assignments from other subjects.  The kids just read whenever and whatever.  Everyone in the family loves to read, so its not anything I have to 'assign.'

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 7:14 AM ET
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Kandi, except for the husband, sounds like us.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 9:25 AM ET
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We've always hs year round also.  But we are are one of those families that if there is something really cool to go see on one day we'll skip the book work and go do that instead.  I figure everything is a learning experience for them, and this way they get the breaks they want but they don't forget what they have learned also.   Only problem is sometimes the families and friends don't  understand, but oh well!

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 2:45 PM ET
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Wow, I thought I was the lonely only who went year round!  Apparently not!  We hvae gone year-round the last two years due to family issues that have kept us from completing our work int the 'normal' timeframe!  LOL  But since we do that, I normally give them an extra couple weeks off at Christmas (normally from Thanksgiving to New Years we are off school simply due to traveling with family).  So it all works out for the best.