I find the summer months a great opportunity to do lots of non academic learning that we never seem to find time for.
We have a great fossil beach nearby, and armed with little hammers the children love to excavate, then come home to identify their finds.
We have wildlife projects- watching butterfles develop, and long conversations about the solar system, politics, current affairs and local history.
Although their traditional school learning may slip a little, we have the time to consolidate the contextual framework into which their academic tools operate..
And have time to relax and have fun- to nourish their emotional development and strengthen family bonds.