Yesterday Nat asked if school was over for him for the summer, since kids in school are done. Nope, I told him. You will continue to do your fifteen whole minutes of math per day, and you're going to keep doing read alouds and we'll probably have spontaneous messy science projects. I'll try not to scream too loudly when I discover them in progress. ("Mommy! We weren't being bad! I wanted to make super bubbles with the ketchup and the dish soap!")
But I realized that I haven't actually done much planning. We'll move up to the Grade 2 math book, probably revisit Khan Academy, and blaze through the Narnia series, but I haven't done much thinking about other parts. I'll use some of Ambleside, although I don't think Nat needs reading instruction anymore, just encouragement to read. We have a bunch of excellent poetry books, we're talking about navigation and the solar system generally a lot, I don't know whether to do science as a separate planned unit, or just let it slide, since so far we've talked about molecules and atoms, mass, celullar respiration, the digestive process, the circulatory system, the role of the brain and nerves, the different classifications of living things, and the structure of a cell, Plus all the stuff they've picked up through the museum, Bill Nye, and Magic School Bus.
For Thomas, we'll keep practising letters and doing occasional copywork, and we'll spend lots of time outdoors. That will mean, outdoors with Thomas and the girls coated in mud. We're washing towels a whole lot, but they're getting Acquainted with Nature, and sometimes they come in tired, which is very important to me. I'm still casting around for a good chapter book to read aloud to him. I might start with some Gordon Korman or another funny, unserious one. I don't think he's ready for Little House yet, but you never know. He's a much less patient listener than Nat, so it has to hook him.
And now it's time to go shout at all of them to wake up, so we can head down to the beach with sandwiches.