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Homeschooling over the summer

Doing some school work during the summer months
Doing some school work during the summer months
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We are in the last few weeks of our homeschool year and I have been debating whether or not to continue schooling during the summer months. As both the mother and teacher of our family I am definitely looking forward to taking a break. However, I am a little concerned about the children not retaining the new math skills that they learned this year. So, this is what I have decided.

The children will complete math worksheets and do some drills a few times a week. I have three kids who have spent a good part of the year memorizing addition subtraction, multiplication, and division. It would be a shame for them to lose that retention over the summer.

We will continue to check out and read books from our nearest San Antonio Public Library. Library visits are just a part of life for us. The children will be free to check out whatever interests them. We won't be reading about any particular school subjects while on break.

I will have the children participate in a summer reading program. The children might as well earn a reward for all of their reading. Check out the H.E.B. Summer Reading Program and the one at the library. They are both great options.

Hopefully we will visit at least one fun place that is also educational. I would love to go back to the H.E.B. Science Treehouse at the Witte Musuem. Or perhaps we will find a new "field trip" this summer.