What our Unschooling Summer Looks Like

Since we homeschool year round we believe our kids are constantly learning – there’s no beginning and there’s no end to one’s curiosity and pursuit to the depth of knowledge – so I’d be lying if I said we “break” for summer. Rather, we shift things around.

Summer, for us, has turned into “let’s dig deeper and reach further into what our passions might be.” It’s a time for rest and play, time with friends and family, time for traveling and reflecting on our past year while diving into interests we’ve wanted to explore. And this includes mom and dad.

Last summer I felt it was extremely important our kids were outside, every day, most of the day. This year, I’m letting my 6 year old lead the way. Since we’re outside almost every day as we homeschool (and he’s in a survival/outdoor homeschool group every Wednesday), I figured I don’t need to push it this summer. He told me what he’s interested in learning more about and I found outlets with other kids his age to explore these avenues. Many of these opportunities during the school year either weren’t offered for homeschoolers and/or if they were, they required hefty commitments and money or just didn’t fit into our relaxed schedule.

Some of these camps include:
Theatrical arts
Rockets and science stuff
Archeology
Circus play (aka: building self-esteem while juggling and standing on stilts?)
Tennis & Basketball
Gymnastics

This is also a time for mom to regroup and spend some time doing things I like to do (wakeboard, read, write, research weird things…). I’ll also use it as a time to update our learning areas in the home, specifically our art corner. And yes, I’ll plan for next year a bit.

Plan? But I thought you unschool? What on earth are you planning?

Well, there are general unschoolers, radical unschoolers and whole life unschoolers. We’re simply unschoolers… I’ll explain the difference between these some time in another post.

So yes, we unschool but that doesn’t mean being frivolous with our time together. We’re extremely intentional with the foundations and character we’d like to build and would like to help offer ways for our children to learn via their strengths (for our son that means literature, workbooks and games) and although we’re still learning about our daughter, I can already tell she’ll learn best through literature, hands-on activities and play.

All that to say, summer for us looks like a big jumble of rest, play and exploration. We may be a bit busier than we are in the school year but we’ll be coming and going from activities we thoroughly enjoy or are curious about. And “busy” to us seems to be much more mellow than it used to be or is the norm. So technically, we’ll still be keeping summer pretty simple.

What’s your summer like as a homeschooler?

With Love.

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