Summer Homeschool

This is our summer schedule:

We go by colors so that when we are interrupted by baby crises or appointments or work, we know what activity to return to instead of worrying about what time it is.

We get through each color everyday.

Everyone is in a different place during each color time, with group recess and snack between each color.

This gives Nathan and me one on one time each day with each child, while making sure everyone gets done all they need to finish.

It also keeps them busy with homeschool all summer, without only drowning in lessons.

Reading aloud and speech is done with a parent, and everyone has different assignments so requires some prep work the night before or early in the morning before they are up.

The computer time is for math and reading fluency programs we use, as well as typing lessons.

Outside time is play time by themselves in the backyard, because there are so many of them they also need to learn to play alone and feel safe and content by themselves.

Practice and play time is violin and piano for all of them.

PACEs are the workbooks we use in our homeschool curriculum.  They do these completely independently, and we only check them for them.

Makeup work is anything missed because of appointments, or pace corrections, and then they have free time to color or paint or do play dough, but something creative.

(Jessica is my niece that often comes during the summer.)

We have done this for three years, and it’s what works best for us!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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