Saturday, September 26, 2009
What I did on my summer vacation
People often ask me if we stop during the summer. Are you kidding? we get in our best learning in the summer.
Our summer was chock full of trips to the shore where the kids went fishing and crabbing and jumped waves and made sand castles.
There were camps attend; Music camp which stunk b/c my kids were the only ones enrolled. Theater camp where Johanna said her big line,(after much prodding from the other kids on stage) "Holy cow" in play the class wrote themselves; there were the day camps at the museum; Colonial food camp was a big hit, what with making butter and tea bags. There was Reduce reuse recycle in colonial times camp and Gargoyle camp for Michael, whose theater camp got canceled b/c of low enrollment (If only music camp did the same thing)
Johanna passed the deep water test and was allowed to go down the slides at the pool. My big regret is that I never brought a camera to capture her jumping from the diving board or splashing in off the slide.
Theater camp, besides being fun, also gives us a taste of what it's like to have to get ready right away in the morning. It was hard for 2 weeks and I am glad I don;t have to do it for 9 mos.
so no, homeschool doesn't get time off for the summer or even snow days. Even with the bit of sit down academics we do, I save for it for "nothing else to do" kind of moments.
..Yet somehow in those flung together brief moments, Michael has learned to recognize words like Cat, Pen , Hen, Michael,Johanna, hot and pot.
and Johanna can skip count by 5s and 2s and sort of by 3, In the big picture though I think bike riding, ice skating and swimming take priority over the academics for now. If a child's work is play I want my kids to have all the play tools available to them.
Next semester..jump rope!
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