We officially finished our school year last week. Yet, last week our days were filled with plenty of learning with our homeschool Drama Troupe’s production of The Jungle Book.
This week I have been tying up loose ends. One is writing Narrative Report Cards following Barb-Harmony Art Mom’s excellent example. We’ve done these for the last couple of years. It meets our state requirement for a yearly summary report. Plus it helps us reflect on the year of learning. And the children really like getting them! There were plenty of other things going on this week, plus some heartache, as you’ll see in the collage at bottom. But back to the summer wish list…
When we move away from the regular rhythm of studies, there happens a simpler way of learning. I like to plan summer learning in wish list form. And I share my wish list below. This, of course, isn’t everything, but a start of what I’m thinking about our summer time:
- Nature Study: Intensive, delight-directed nature study with the new More Nature Study Summer ebook to be published soon from Handbook of Nature Study (HBNS). There are so many things to notice in summer. Not only during our beach trip but right in our own backyard. I’m talking lightning bugs, hummingbirds, blooming wildflowers and hydrangea bushes. Plus any of the prompts that HBNS offers us.
- Best Books for Boys – I reserved almost the whole list that Ann listed at A Holy Experience. Plus, Eldest Boy is pulling out his favorite Red Wall series again.
- Best Books for Girls from Best Books List – another stack from the library.
- Do Hard Things Book List – Total Truth, Do Hard Things and more. Summer is for digging deep and expanding our thinking.
- Adventure Boxes – you must read about this idea from Heather, Blog She Wrote. Her article at Heart of the Matter.
- Swim Team – we do our own version of this, together as a family, most every summer day. Plus, when our school year starts back, we do some math lessons then head to the neighborhood pool. We come back, shower and finish up our school day. Ah, the joys of homeschooling!
- Family Writing Club – gather around at afternoon tea time and enjoy some fun, creative writing ideas. Love this! I’m ordering these books asap.
- Make a Vision Board – each child could do this.
- Summer Learning with all these great ideas on my In the Good Ol’ Summertime Pinterest Board.
- Afternoon tea times with recipes from Cooking Fun with Children.
Here’s a Hodgepodge collage of this week…
1. “Mama, I picked a flower for you!” Mother’s Day from my youngest. | 2. Stack the States – with a real puzzle version | 3. Our beloved, sweet kitty of 15 1/2 years. We had to put him down on Monday. Still mourning. | 4. Hosted my homeschool group of moms here at our house this week – what a great group of ladies. | 5. The fun decoration Middle Girl made for my meeting | 6. Time to get out the backyard plastic pool! | 7. Second day lilly bloom – noticing the beautiful petal edges | 8. Beautiful day!
Plus, here’s another one of those great Pinterest finds: Last Day of Kindergarten printable. I’m so glad I have this! A photo taken in the spot where she completed the majority of her Kindergarten work – at the kitchen table, with her big workbox.
- Today, Hodgepodgedad shares a list of favorite resources he turns to often. His post at Habits for a Happy Home: Resources for Moral Living. Sites, blogs and a series (love that app!)
- Next week I’m sharing a series on summer with a mention of our Camp Hodgepodge. Plus, tomorrow I’m offering a list of favorite, easy summer recipes. I hope you’ll stop back by!
Many thanks to our Friday hostesses! Linking up with…
- Camera Phone Friday hostess Dawn Camp @ My Home Sweet Home
- Weekly Wrap-Up hostess Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
- and Jamerrill at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling, plus
- Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
So, have you pulled out the backyard plastic pool yet?