December and January are very busy for us, as I am sure they are for many families. Schools in Australia have their 'summer break' over the Christmas period so most children are out of school for 6 - 8 weeks depending if they are at a public or private school. I personally find that my children thrive on routine. I find that we need to do something 'schooly' most days and surprisingly that 'mental workout' helps considerably with behavior!
This summer Flossy has worked on maths, spelling, daily language review and cursive. Bugsy has worked on reading, handwriting and phonics. Chicky has worked on handwriting and phonics. We don't spend a lot of time hitting these subjects, 90 minutes tops. It's just enough to keep us going and we take lots of days off for fun stuff :)
Keeping our finger on the pulse with the essentials over the summer enables us to ramp back up to our full schedule with ease and it isn't such a shock to the system. It also means that we can focus on specific areas if we need to. For Bugsy it's been reading.