By: Sung Bin
Now that we are on our official summer break from the little one's preschool, I have to admit I am a lithe terrified having to fill some of the extra time during the week. Even though my preschooler was only at the preschool coop two days a week, it was still enough for me to pack in as much "me" time for freelancing or errand running as possible solo. So, now that the scheduled playgroups and days at preschool are over I have been trying to decide whether to have a true summer vacation or to supplement our next few months by a sort of homeschooling with a lot of breaks for excursions and relaxation. A few sites I find inspiring gave me some great ideas for what to include in our summer of learning at home. Of course all or most of what I have in mind can change at the whim of my three and a half year old. I would follow her lead particularly if she ends up taking a strong interest in something or just wants to relish in playtime fun. Case in point, I started the week with some ideas from Weefolkart.com, a Waldorf inspired blog with free homeschool companion guides and nature based lesson plans. My daughter wanted to learn all about fairies so we decided to focus on fairies and butterflies instead for the week and spent most of the days in pretend play and puddle jumping. Weefolkart.com's book lists are exceptional and I have found some great books to work with. Another blog I really enjoy from a more Montessori based perspective is Carrotsareorange.com for hands on crafts and activity ideas. I don't know if schooling through the year is for everybody or if it's better to take a summer break for kids to enjoy but I also want to continue to nurture that natural curiosity and appetite for learning so I think I will give it a shot.
What do other families do during the summer break? Do any of you continue lessons throughout the year?
Cape Cod Moms