Summer Plans for Abby

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Summertime around our home is really no different than any other time of the year, with the exception of a few extra activities and more time outside.  While I'd love to say we stick to a certain schedule to help our days flow better, I prefer a loose routine with plenty of room for alternative plans and last minute activities.  Part of that routine includes continuing with our school, just on a lighter scale which gives us a chance to tie up loose ends if needed.  This year, Abby will be involved in several summer day camps that will occupy most of her time during the summer months, giving her a nice break yet still allowing a few weeks here and there to work on various subjects. 

Mid-year, I made several changes to Abby's second-grade curriculum which you can read about here.  Because of this, there are a few programs we will not have a chance to complete before the end of her second-grade year the first week of June--Horizons, Mathematical Reasoning and Language Smarts.  All About Reading is another program we are slightly behind on due to poor planning on my part in the beginning.  The majority will be complete before the fall or not long after, except Horizons which we will finish up in November.

During those mid-year changes, I discovered a new way to plan which was a complete game changer for me.  In just a few days, I was able to plan out the rest of her second-grade year, pre-plan for the summer months into her third-grade year.  I love it! 

Here's a look at her first week. 

week 1

This particular week, she has full-day camp on Friday only so we will not do any school work that day.  This amount of work takes her about an hour/hour and a half depending on how quickly she works. I also wanted to keep subjects she really enjoys like History, Geography and read alouds. 

I will be doing a detailed post on how I plan soon, but until then here's a brief explanation. I pre-numbered worksheets starting at Lesson 1 on up for the summer months, tore them out of the workbooks and placed in folders labeled Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 and so on.  For subjects a little tricker (in our case Reading, History, and Geography) I used post-it notes to pre-plan what to do that day. For example, I spread her All About Reading lessons out over several days so she isn't overwhelmed by all the words, so it takes us a little longer than it may some.  I go through the teacher's manual, activity/fluency sheets, and stories jotting those daily lessons on a post-it note.  Then, I stick the post-it into the folder to eventually enter in to my spreadsheet when I get a chance.  Our History and Geography lessons, same deal.  It's such a simple system and has saved me so much time!




8 comments:

  1. Oh wow. What a great plan. I am so Happy everything is working out for your school and Summer schedule. Very exciting! 😄

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    1. I love the new system, it's been amazing!

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  2. We have also done some adjusting to our school schedule recently. So far, things have been running much more smoothly. I hope your new plans do the same. :)

    Jenny (visiting from Weekly Wrap-Up)

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    1. I have to admit there is such refreshment with a new plan. Hope your plans work out well!

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  3. Oh my word. Your schedule is so much more complicated than mine, and I'm homeschooling nine kids! Good for you!

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    1. Wow, a busy day for sure with 9 kids! It may look like a lot, but really goes quickly. My girls love to dance around and review geography while I prepare lunch, so it helps check a few things off my list right there. ;-)

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  4. Sounds like a great plan and simple enough to follow! We often end up switching curriculum mid- year and that throws us off slightly but more often that not the new program works so much better we can move through it much more quickly.

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    1. I have the hardest time sticking with something that isn't working or I simply get bored. I feel like if I'm bored more than likely Abby is too so let's shake things up. But you are so right, once you find the perfect fit it goes much more quickly and much smoother.

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