The Homeschool Summer…
While homeschooling with traditional curriculum year round may be a great option for some homeschool families, it may not be suited for everyone. If you’re anything like me, you need a little summer vacation to clear your head, purge the house, and get things in order for the upcoming school year! This is where summer worksheets & simple workbooks for kids come in handy.
Let me introduce you to a little something called homeschooling over the summer – made easy.
If ditching the formal learning schedule, sticking around the house, and digging your heels into some much needed productivity sound more like your summer homeschool style… Check out Summer Tips for the Homeschool Mom for more tips on how I use our summer months off from homeschooling!
Behind on homeschool lessons?
Check out How to Catch up on Homeschooling Over the Summer instead!
Workbooks for Kids, and more…
This! Workbooks for kids, summer worksheets, and other fun learning activities are what makes summer learning the absolute best!! We homeschool with a simple 3 day homeschool week, Aug-May. Then, when summer rolls around my kids spend an excess amount of time swimming, reading, playing, working on simple school work, then swimming some more. It’s totally amazing!
Summer is a major hands off time for me as a mom. Most of my kids learning happens independently, leaving me with plenty of time to regroup, plan, clean, and whatever else I need to focus on in the moment.
Workbooks & Worksheets – THE WHY
This is simple, you guys! Skipping the formal schedule and letting your kids be kids through play and simple book work, frees mom up to do (or catch up on) whatever she needs to!! Summer is a great time to put your focus on other things (outside of homeschooling) and allow your kids to practice their much needed independence!
Love structure? You don’t have to throw it completely out the window over the summer if you don’t want to! Once we’ve taken a couple weeks off, I tend to play around with a simple schedule for summer time as well. Free play in the morning, down time in the afternoon. Easy-Peasy!
Workbooks and Worksheets – THE WHEN
Are you ready for this?? Whenever.
Seriously though! I don’t always have to stick to a strict schedule of when it comes to summer book work. I simply pull out a sheet or two whenever my young daughter complains of boredom, asks to do her tablet, or is already sitting down doing an activity that she can easily tack some summer worksheets onto! simple right?
With that said, I do set weekly goals and keep a summer pacing guide for our book work and individual worksheet pages. This simply helps give me a visual of what my children are learning throughout the week, and where we will be come Mid August when our full time homeschool schedule rolls around.
Another reason I do this? Because we tend to start easing into new curriculum over the summer months as well! I’m also just a huge planner, you guys. Pacing guides, to do lists, and other productive visuals help fuel this momma’s productivity!
3 Ways to Make Your Own
Summer Worksheets Pack…
#1 Search Pinterest & Teachers Pay Teachers for Freebies!
This is so simple, you guys!! When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I literally only used worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers. While many things were free, I did end up paying for a handful of awesome phonics worksheets… but guess what? They were totally worth it!
Plus, when you purchase something from TPT, you are helping to support another mother, teacher, or homeschool family like yours!
Want some TPT freebies (and not so freebies) to get you started?
Check out the top 2 items from my TPT store! These are the perfect summer worksheets for creating your own learning packs at home!
*Feel free to bookmark my store as I have other worksheet projects in the works!
Kindergarten Handwriting Sheets (freebie)
Kindergarten Writing Prompts (not so freebie)
#2 Purchase Simple Workbooks
Probably the simplest idea yet! While this tends to cost a little extra, all the work is literally done for you! Purchasing workbooks for your children to work on over the summer is easy peasy. No searching or printing required!!
While I do utilize workbooks over the summer, I still take the time to tear out sheets to use in our weekly/daily summer worksheets pack. This breaks things down and makes them less overwhelming for my younger students.
However, if you wish you skip the prep and just hand your kid a workbook… totally doable, you guys! In fact, my older boys prefer that method!
Need Workbooks for Kids?
CLICK HERE to jump straight to my workbook recommendations or simply click on an age group below!
Like the idea of using workbooks, but feel like they are too much for your kid to finish over the summer? Spread it out even further, by allowing your child to finish them up during your homeschool year by incorporating workbooks for kids into your Morning Basket routine or Looping Schedule!
#3 Use up Old (or start new) Curriculum
If spending time searching for the perfect summer worksheets or spending money on new workbooks doesn’t sound doable for your summer plan or budget, try using what you already have on hand! As homeschool moms, we all tend to have some extras lying around. Rather it’s unfinished curriculum or new things we have already purchased for the upcoming school year, there is bound to be something we can utilize for free!!
Put on your thinking cap and dig through your current resources. Not only is this resourceful in the sense that you are using up things you already have one hand, but it’s also extremely budget friendly!!
Simple Tips for Using Curriculum
in Your Worksheet Packs…
- Use activities and worksheets that may have been skipped over or unused from past years. Have something left over from 2-3 years ago? Totally use it! There is nothing wrong with a little extra review!
- Pull worksheets, activities, and full lessons from the first 3 weeks of new/upcoming curriculum! The first few weeks are always review anyway. Plus, you will simply be starting your school year off a little early. Huge win!
- Have younger children use up older siblings left overs (Quite possibly my favorite option)!
- Erase old work (if done in pencil) and have your children review, by redoing! Or, if you purchase PDF versions of curriculum, simply reprint the concepts you feel your child may have struggled with most during the year. Extra practice in weaker areas is always, always a good idea!
*Note: if a workbook is marked with an * this means we have used this workbook in our home and highly recommend it! If it isn’t marked with an * it simply means that it is either on our wish list to try in the future, or it’s something that happens to be the same brand of workbooks that we have tried (and loved).
Just be advised that we have not personally tried them out yet!
Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten
School Zone Workbooks
Other Fun Summer Resources
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