We did do some school during the summer--we have our own schedule and don't follow the school district's schedule anyways. That's what I love about the freedom of educating at home! But gearing up for the new year--new books, a whole new curriculum, teaching a 1st grader and a 3rd grader while keeping our preschooler and the toddler we watch during the week busy is a bit of a challenge.
First we are switching Princess's math. Abeka 2 was just way too fast for her to keep up. The last 6 weeks, we just did review to maintain what she had learned. I didn't want what we had worked on so hard all year to leak out her brain during the summer, so we kept at it most of the summer. I'm switching her to MUS and have her in their Gamma level. She's already excited about it and can't wait to start her new book! YEAH!!!! Gotta enjoy it when your child is excited about math!
Superman will be in first grade and seems to be going with the flow. No new changes except that we're all doing Aventures in MFW together so he'll join in with us too. He's been reading through the summer and finished up his MUS Primer, so now it's on to Alpha.
And then for keeping the little's busy...always a task since their attention span lasts about 5 seconds before they are into the next thing. I'm incorporating an idea that is similar to activity bags. I purchases a canvas shoe holder to hang in our school supply room (ahem--corner). Inside the pockets I am going to add activities for Roo to do when I can't be doing one-on-one with her. I started this towards the end of last year and didn't keep up on it as I fizzled out by the end. Some of the things I've already got together are: