should I do summer school for homeschool: why less is more

There are always too many activities I could sign up for in the summer, almost like summer school for homeschool.

For the first five years, I did sign up for everything I could, because kids are always learning and I wanted to make sure they had every opportunity.

Also, I wanted my kids to learn outside the box, and learning outside the box meant always learning. So I needed to facilitate that, or so I thought.

So should you do summer school for homeschool?



summer school for homeschool

Should I do summer school for homeschool?

There are so many projects to do outdoors, so aren’t the kids learning summer school in our own backyards?

Our white picket fence was glued together with three-inch nails, though the boards are only an inch and a half thick. That’ll need to get taken care of.

The backyard white fence appears to be dipped in chocolate. It’ll need to get scrubbed and bring out the whitewashing.

Perhaps we’ll need to switch from reading Secret Garden to Huck Finn to learn from his painting techniques….oh wait, I think he lied out of that work. I’m not so lucky.

The garden hose, the poor garden hose, bursting out a side seems and not the actual hose…everyone wants me to just chuck the thing, but I’m too frugal.

No eco-green suggestions coming from the family. Just buy a new one, I’m told.

I’ll hold out and hope that I can maneuver three lengths of hose in one hand and the sprayer in the other, so I can simultaneously spray three parts of the garden at the same time.

Tell me these projects aren’t learning too.


summer school for homeschool

These projects could keep my summer busy alone. The other half of the summer could be consumed by kids’ summer camps.

For at least this week, I’ll forgo summer camps and programs.

I have to push against the cultural trend to find lots of activities during the leisurely summer months.

You might have been plenty busy until the very end of June, but why not continue the pattern right into summer, and hope for a vacation from the summer vacation before school starts? (I’m tired just thinking about it.)

There really are great camps out there though: horse camps, overnight camps, art and music camps, and every kind of sports camp.

We’ve taken full advantage of everything from cooking and writing classes to guitar and drawing lessons. There is so much to learn from others in the community.

But sometimes more is not more.

Amidst the allure of summer activities, remember that the simple joys of backyard projects, community engagement, and leisure hold valuable learning. Balancing structured pursuits with unstructured leisure can offer both growth and rejuvenation during the summer break.


There will always be cleaning and there will always be one more activity. Capturing the fleeting moments of summer, by slowing down and being IN the moments make for the most restfulness, allowing us to re-create ourselves and arrive refreshed to the busyness of fall.

Teresa Wiedrick, author of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer



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I help overwhelmed homeschool mamas shed what’s not working in their homeschool & life, so they can show up authentically, purposefully, and confidently in their homeschool & life.