I do not like to give up homeschooling just because it’s summer. You’d think I’d be looking forward to a little vacation, but I don’t! Here’s the thing: I am – and always have been – head over heels in love with my children. I am! It’s why I wanted to homeschool them in the first place. My heart just couldn’t stand the thought of letting some stranger have the best hours of their days. I love to be with them, to listen to them and talk with them and discover who they are and what makes them tick.
And then summer comes along, with long hours of outdoor play, and they disappear. They climb trees, hang out in their clubhouse, pet neighboring horses, ride bikes… and I’m left all alone. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I long for breaks as much as the next mother, but I don’t need a break until after I’ve spent the morning with them!
So I hold a summer school, with lots of books and activities and fun time together, and zero pressure. There aren’t any writing assignments or speed drills or required readings or grades. It’s just us having some happy family time before we run off to our personal pursuits.
And maybe we learn a little something, too, about things that don’t fit in our school year. It’s a win/win.