3 Truths to Help Your Family Easily Transition to Summer
1) Slowly stop doing “school.”
I love how our homeschooling can parallel the beautifully natural flow between seasons.
During these last few weeks of May, I find us still schooling, but we have slowly begun the process of letting our typical school rhythm go because it’s the end of the school year.
These days are an unpredictable blend of, one day, traditional school learning (as we finish up our goals and projects); and the next day, a modified learning time full of outside exploration.
Just like the warm days of summer eventually come, our school days eventually flow into less and less structured learning and more time for play.
This is rhythm! And this is awesome!
This isn’t the abrupt “we’re-done-learning-and-you-can-return-to-your-regularly-scheduled-life-now” type of school.
Instead, it’s acknowledging that, like the seasons, the learning style is changing and we’re embracing it.
If we homeschoolers really do want our kids to have an exploratory-type school mindset, (instead of a “sit down because it’s school time” type), then this gradual transition at the end of the school year only makes sense.
Do you love this gentle, beautiful approach to learning? Then you’ll love Plan to Be Flexible!
Summer is a wonderful time to be encouraged and regain your stamina, and Plan to Be Flexible is full of real-life stories and wisdom that will help you discover how to best lead your family on this homeschool journey.
2) Embrace a new type of learning.
During the school year, it’s easy for us to get set in a “this is learning” and “this isn’t” mindset.
And yet, there is so much for our kids to learn that falls outside of “typical” learning!
Now I know you’re saying “Don’t we teach them about real life throughout the year?”
Yes, we give them chores and responsibility, true; and we do our best to present opportunities that challenge their character.
But think about the possibilities that summer affords! Think of the real, in-depth learning experiences that are far more difficult throughout the year, on all kinds of “non-traditional learning” subjects:
- teaching kids to cook on their own in the kitchen
- showing them how to organize summer trips or plan large summer events
- having time for short term missions trips
- getting a jump start on learning a musical instrument
- sharing some “must read” books, individually and as a family
- exploring the world and visiting family on vacation
These are some of the things my husband and I have in store for our kids this summer! And there are so many more ideas out there!
Talk to your kids about what they’d like to learn about!
Plan to Be Flexible also shares how we can marry our kids’ individual interests with more traditional forms of learning.
By elaborating on the “rhythm-based homeschooling” concept, it gives parents a framework to gently guide kids on a fruitful learning journey.
But, honestly, I saved the most important tip for last.
To make this transition to summer as easy as possible (and to honestly, truly enjoy our summer ahead!) we must, must do this final thing.
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