Have you ever wondered how your approach to summer homeschooling compares with other special education homeschooling families? We did too, so we asked our community how they approach summer learning and this is what they told us.
Summer Homeschooling Poll Results
From our poll, here are the results we received:
responded that they homeschool year-round and do not make any changes in the summer months.
responded that they homeschool year-round but they make an effort during the summer to do more hands-on and play-oriented learning activities.
responded they take the summer months off from formal schooling, but still incorporate lots of hands-on and play-oriented learning into their schedules.
responded they continue with their delight-directed or unschooling methods as usual.
responded they do their version of delight-directed or unschooling during the summer months.
responded that they were still in the process of figuring out what they were going to be doing for the summer months.
“Summer may be a good time to try a different approach or even to make a switch to a new approach for the coming school year.“
Choose Best for Your Situation
No matter what approach you decide to take, if you have considered what your child needs, what types of breaks you need as a teacher, as well as what works best for your family, then you will find the best summer homeschooling approach for your unique situation.
One of our parents shared this great example of her summer homeschooling approach:
“My son is 6 and right now we’re putting a heavier emphasis on non-academic skills (aka activities of daily life that he needs to learn to do to care for himself – like dressing, hygiene, etc). Unschooling as always in our school fits the best at this moment since formal academics are not our focus yet.” Lisa P.
Lisa’s comment is a great reminder that being flexible in your homeschooling approach can also extend into the full school year. Summer may be a good time to try a different approach or even to make a switch to a new approach for the coming school year.
No matter how you choose to extend your homeschool learning over the summer we hope you enjoy the time with your children and create lots of great memories while learning together!