Some homeschoolers take the summer off. We go year round. Some homeschools are structured. Some are completely unstructured. We are semi-structured. What I mean by that is that Yak has a daily list of assignments that he can pursue on his own time, within reason. I want his assignments done by 2 pm because often I will have a project for us to work on together. Usually, these projects are school related. Some days we have a field trip or something to do in the morning, which moves assignments to later in the day. Or even gives him a day off from his assignments.
We do school on Saturdays.
Yak gets his assignments done in 2-3 hours a day, so doing school on Saturdays is not unreasonable. It is a lighter assignment day, though. Usually, we will have some “alternative” schooling going on Saturdays, as well. This also keeps us moving towards finishing up high school requirements. Now we can move on to exploring life skills and possibilities for making a living. Deciding whether or not college will factor in. Did you gasp? Look around. Today’s college grads have lots of debt with student loans but they have to claw their way into any kind of decent job. College is not the solution that it used to be. Unless your student has a clear notion of wanting to enter the medical, legal, or engineering professions.
So what are some of our alternative schooling and projects?
Learning to cut and fit new light panels in grandpa’s ceiling.
Caulking the bathroom sink.
Brushing, skimming and vacuuming the pool.
Working on mom’s truck: replacing brake lights, fuses, learning to check the fluids.
Fixing up the bikes we got at a yard sale: washing, replacing tires, adjusting brakes.
We’ve gone to the movies (historical fiction/fact).
La Brea Tar Pits
Park days with homeschool group
Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls, San Antonio Falls, Murphy Ranch.
We document everything and save it in electronic files. Even pictures and videos. Soon I will be deciding how I will structure his portfolio and I will begin putting it together from all this documentation. This way he will have an official record when he decides to apply for college, jobs, or whatever.