For many people, summer is a break from school, but for me, that’s not the case. I have school year round, so summer is more a time for me to get ahead, explore new topics, and take advantage of opportunities like summer camps.
For example, I went to a coding/programming camp a few weeks ago called Kode With Klossy. It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot, had tons of fun, became a lot more self-confident, and made some new friends!
I’m so happy that I chose to homeschool because opportunities like that were something I never really noticed before. I didn’t notice how much I’d benefit from them and how fun they could actually be. I only saw camps and opportunities like that as even more learning. Something I thought you had to run away from in summer--- little did I know those experiences would both educate and entertain.
With the extra time summer gives me to truly learn, I can get ahead in school which could even lead me to graduate high school earlier than I would in traditional school! I also have the freedom to learn more and actually remember things instead of learning and forgetting because I have the time to study and explore for my own self rather than a test or teacher!
Exploring new topics is what might better help me decide what I want to do in the future. For example, I have been able to realize how much technology and the medical field interest me so I might want to do something like design or control a surgical robot when I’m older!
An average day in the life of me during the summer starts out with making a to-do list of all the things I need to do that day. This helps me get organized and gives me a good visual of things I need to accomplish that I can just check off throughout the day. The way I split up my work is by doing the harder things on my list earlier in the day and the easier things later. Sometimes if I had a good day and did a lot of work I reward myself with ice cream or a fun break.
Instead of taking the summer off I only take breaks is when I really need them because as a homeschooler I want to use as much time to learn as I can! Being free to explore anything under the sun means I’m free to play with as many topics and ideas as I could ever want.
I’ve really enjoyed summer as a homeschooler and I can’t wait to see what new learning experiences the next summer will bring me!