Summer Learning Plans: July

Our first “official” day of 1st grade was Monday. We ended up taking most of June off, but both Addie and I were ready to get back into some of our school routines!

July Learning Goals:

* Memory Work:

We have been inconsistent with our memory work time, and it shows. We need to get back into the habit of playing our review game several times a week to reduce frustration.

(Addie participates in Classical Conversations, which has a three-year memory work cycle. The math and timeline memory work repeat each year, so we’re practicing those two subjects during July and getting a head start on our geography work.)

* Geography: States & Capitals!

I found a few U.S. Geography resources in the Dollar Spot at Target last year and tucked them aside in my school supply stash. They are the perfect introduction to the names of the states, their capitals, and fun trivia facts.We’re doing one state each day, which MAY get us through all of them before our first Community Day. (I won’t feel bad if it doesn’t work out that way, though.) We’re learning the ASL signs for each state as well.

* American history: Liberty’s Kids DVDs and library books

Somebody recommended the Liberty’s Kids series to us, and thankfully our library has them. Addie has been VERY interested in learning more about colonial history and this is the perfect tie-in with the 4th of July! We’ve been also been reading library books for a little bit of extra learning fun.

Summer Learning Goals: July | Lone Star Signers* Sensory play & painting

We’ve been enjoying our patriotic rice bucket. I’m hoping to find some more fun (& easy) ideas for the rest of the month! And we’re hoping to paint at least once a week, too.

* Read-aloud time!

We didn’t read aloud as much as I hoped. We’ll be working our way through All-of-a-Kind Family, which was one of my favorites when I was younger! {affiliate link}

* Journal

Addie loves to write and draw all the time on any paper she can find, but I wanted to take a few minutes each day to draw a picture and write a related sentence together. I’m hoping it will be a positive experience for us both!

* Swimming!

We’re looking forward to spending a lot more time in the pool this month! Addie made a lot of progress in June, and we’re hoping to keep the momentum going.

Do you have plans for summer learning?

2 thoughts on “Summer Learning Plans: July

  1. We schooled through June and are taking July off. We haven’t started any memory work, but I’m thinking about doing it this year. I have a second grader, Kindergartener, and a tot. We will be working on a few different states this year. Boy! One state a day will be a lot of work for you! I’ll be interested in seeing how that goes! I’m interested in your read aloud. I will have to check that out! Thanks for sharing what you have been doing and happy July!

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