Want your child to take responsibility for his education?

And avoid a struggle?

Yes, you can!

Have you noticed how most children initially rebel when we tell them to do something? 

They want it to be their own idea. They do not like being told what to do.

How can we get our children to assume responsibility for their own education if we don't tell them what to do?

Use your child's natural tendencies to your advantage!

  • Take advantage of children's natural curiosity. Children naturally learn all the time. They constantly ask questions as they seek to discover their world. Allow them to explore and find answers to what interests them.
  • Make it special. Approach a summer learning program with a spirit of adventure and excitement. Help your children discover their interests and make a plan that has them interested in learning.
  • Facilitate, don't plan, their summer learning. Our children need assistance as they assume responsibility for their education. They also need to take an active role in their education. As you facilitate their learning you will help them acquire the necessary skills so they can assume more responsibility. 
  • Allow natural consequences to do the heavy lifting. Help your children learn to accept the consequences of their actions. They may have an amazing learning experience or a dismal one depending on how much effort they put into their summer learning.

"It's your responsibility."

I will always remember the day we were eating breakfast and a light bulb of understanding turned on for my elementary-aged daughter. We had just completed our school year and were discussing plans for the summer.

As we were discussing what they wanted to learn that summer, I said, "It's up to you. This is your opportunity to take charge of your education. It's your responsibility." She thought for a moment and I saw the light bulb turn on. She was astonished; this revelation had never occurred to her before.

Each year, I use our summer break to encourage my children to take an active role in their education. When they were younger (under age ten), we often explored topics together that they found interesting. Sometimes, we attempted a new handicraft they had been wanting to learn. I assisted them by helping them find books to read or read the books to them. As they matured, I gradually turned the responsibility over to them not only for deciding what they wanted to learn and finding resources from which they would learn but also the responsibility for accomplishing their goals and accepting the consequences of their efforts (or lack thereof).

More than a curriculum...

The Stepping Into Self-Education Summer Learning Program is more than a curriculum!

The skills and character your children will develop through their experiences will carry forward into other aspects of their life and school lessons.

As your children begin to assume responsibility for their summer learning, they will acquire skills such as time management, motivation, and organization. 

They may also learn a new handicraft, research techniques, or presentation skills depending on what they choose to learn.

Most importantly, they will learn how to become life long learners!

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to...

  • Create an atmosphere that promotes self-education
  • Implement a self-education program
  • Provide encouragement and accountability for your child

Plus! You will receive the following editable forms:

  • Goals For Our Summer Learning
  • Curiosity List
  • Blank schedule page
  • My Summer Learning Plan
  • Reading Log

This summer learning program requires very little prep work on your part. You will not spend hours making plans that get tossed to the side. After discussing and brainstorming what your child wants to learn over the summer, fill out and print the editable checklists and reading log.

Also included are helpful tips for brainstorming and providing accountability as your child takes the first steps toward assuming responsibility for his education.