Homeschool Mom's Summer: Focusing on the House

Summer!  Woohoo!  It's finally here.

When we first began homeschooling, we stuck to a year-'round schedule and just took breaks whenever we felt like it.  As my children got older and had more summertime activities available through church and with other friends, we decided following more of a traditional schedule would work better for our family.  My favorite school year scheduling plan now is to spend six weeks focusing on our typical schoolwork and then take a week off, along with a long break between Thanksgiving and Christmas and then a couple of months off in the summer.

A throwback pic--many, many summers ago in Florida!

A throwback pic--many, many summers ago in Florida!

In order to make sure this whole summer season doesn't just slip by, I've found it helpful to write down a few fun activities to do every week (besides the usual hanging out, reading a zillion books, and running through the sprinkler!), as well as a few things I really want to see accomplished around the house.  I'm not as good at multitasking as I used to be, apparently, because over the course of our school year it always seems things get a tad out of control.  By the time summer rolls around, I definitely have closets needing to be sorted, kids' rooms needing attention, and appliances crying out for a good scrubbing!

And so ... this summer, along with the summer fun list, we're also taking just about an hour a day to work on the house.  We focus on one area/room each week, which gives me plenty of time to sort, scrub, reorganize, paint, or whatever needs to be done in that spot.  So far we've managed to weed the flowerbed by the driveway, clear all the extra *stuff* off our front porch, and find a good place for the kids to store toys in the backyard.  I'm hoping to buy some flowers to brighten things up out there before the week is out, and we even made a major change with a new, bright paint color for the front door. 

Ahhhhh ... blue!  This reminds me of Caribbean water.  It's a great improvement on the former burgundy, which felt too dark-hole-ish to me.  I'm planning a beach-themed wreath with some starfish and shells and maybe some burlap ribbon; stay tuned.

Ahhhhh ... blue!  This reminds me of Caribbean water.  It's a great improvement on the former burgundy, which felt too dark-hole-ish to me.
 I'm planning a beach-themed wreath with some starfish and shells and maybe some burlap ribbon; stay tuned.

Next week, we'll move onto our entryway; I need to find a better way to store all the jackets and shoes that congregate just inside, as well as creating a new sitting area and touching up the wall paint behind the boot tray (does anyone else throw shoes into said tray from across the room, or is that just me?)

The girls' bedroom will be done while they're off at camp a few weeks from now, and the loft will hopefully have a new wall put up next month.  By the time schooltime rolls around once again, everything will be in good shape--or at least dramatically improved shape!-- and we'll be ready to plunge in!

How do you keep your summers from drifting away completely?

misty krasawski

Misty Krasawski, Louisville, CO

Misty Krasawski is hopelessly flawed but eternally optimistic, because God has promised to be the Author and Finisher of her faith! She is also wife to Rob, mama to eight precious children and two beautiful daughters-in-law, and spends all her free time trying to avoid the laundry by reading classic books, painting with watercolors, lighting too many candles, baking copious amounts of cookies, and studying as much theology as she can lay her hands on. She's currently pursuing a degree through Colorado Christian University and is a regular contributor to both The Better Mom and For the Family, and also occasionally pours her heart out at www.mistykrasawski.com and the brand-new www.itsabeautifullife.org. She loves encouraging people to chase the dreams God has placed in their hearts, preferably over steaming cups of tea and coffee and probably something chocolate.