Summer is here—a time when most homeschooling families shut the books and take a break from formal schooling. But summer vacation doesn’t mean that learninghastoend. Withalittleplanning, youcaneas-ily incorporate some Language Arts activities into your summer plans.
Games are great tools to help your children keep their spelling skills sharp. Include a round of Scrabble, Boggle, Upwords
or Bananagrams in your schedule several times each week. Or
write a big word like “astronomical” at the top of a sheet of
paper and let your students see how many words they can spell
from those letters. Award simple prizes for the most words or
most letters used.
Plan regular writing projects over the summer to exercise
a whole host of Language Arts skills/components. Encourage
your children to write one letter each week to a grandparent
or other distant relative or friend . . . in their best penmanship.
Have them include notable family events. Help them to edit
their letters for spelling and punctuation errors before they
send them out.
Or get the whole family working together on a family newspaper. Each member can compose a short article about your
summer activities. Include a section of jokes or funny incidents which occur during this season. Older students can help
with editing and layout. Add a few photos, and you’ll have a
memorable family keepsake to enjoy for years.
Supply each of your children with a special notebook or
journal. At the end of each day, ask them to answer one of
these five questions with a sentence or two: What did I do today? Where did I go today? What did I make today? What did
I observe today? What did I learn today? Daily writing like this
not only provides practice of Language Arts skills like composition, spelling, grammar and punctuation, but also develops
analytical skills, all the while creating a record of their summer
There is much emphasis on getting children to read over the
summer, but getting them to write is just as important. Visit
the websites of the following companies for more ideas and
great products which you can use to help your children keep
their language arts skills fresh this summer.
Denim Beret, The
Set your teens on the path real authors walk to become masters
of the pen! The Denim Beret blends teacher-student interac-
tion with independent study to teach both the art and the craft
of excellent writing. Designed for students ages twelve and
up, The Denim Beret provides two levels of online instruc-
tion. Before Papers Come Paragraphs leads beginning writ-
ers step-by-step through a study of the writing process and
the basic, single-paragraph essay. Before Epics Come Essays,
still in development, continues where Papers leaves off, add-
ing more techniques to the writing process and expanding to
multi-paragraph essays. Both levels also cover special types of
essays, such as summary, compare-contrast, and persuasive.
Although intended primarily to prepare students for the rigors
of advanced courses, The Denim Beret also lays the ground-
work for any other writing task that students may face in the
future. Learn more by visiting www.denimberet.com!