People often ask me if we school through the summer. I have to laugh because when you home school even if you don’t “school” through the summer, you usually really do. The other question I get asked from non-home school parents is “What can I do with my kids to work with them through the summer?” I decided to put together a possibilities list. This is just a starting point, the sky is the limit.
Get a good quality sketch book, some nice colored pencils, sharpener and a small backpack to put it all in. Carry it everywhere. When you get a moment have them take it out and sketch what they see. It could be a plant, animal or tree, anything really. They will learn observation and improve their drawing skills all at once. Have them label each piece with the date, time and a short description of what they saw, working on neat handwriting so others can read it. Then when you are at home pull out field guides or the internet and find out what they saw. Then go back and label what they found with them. You just did art, science, research, handwriting and spelling all at once!
Learn the states and capitols. Use the Animaniac’s song on Youtube, the States and Capitols version of Sequence or US puzzles. We did this a few years ago and the kids still remember lots if now most of them.
Get the different Ticket to Ride games and learn continents, countries and major cities.
Use the GeoBee app. to filling time riding in the car learning world geography. My kids LOVE this app. Sometimes we use it to compete against each other for highest score.
Build an egg incubator and hatch chicken eggs –
My #2 daughter did this a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. You can read about it in my set of blog posts.
Use online resources or your library to learn something new –
Some things we have done and you could learn to do:
Cook- Then make a cooking show video. We did this one year. The kids learned to make a script, shoot each scene and the edit. We posted a few to FB for family and friends.
Build a playhouse
Learn to process wool
Get a monthly subscription –
Google monthly kids subscriptions. They come in the form of crafts, science projects, magazines and all kids of crazy stuff.
My son just started doing one called EEME. He is learning about electric circuitry. He is sent a project at the beginning of each month and a link to online lesson plans. There is 1-2 hours worth of stuff to do on each project. Super cool!
Build a solar oven – This is what my kids are doing this week. Everyone is building one and we are going to test them out against each other when they are done. Before you build learn a bit about solar power and look at a few designs. Talk to the kids about heat sinks and reflective materials. We are doing this along with Apologia’s book Chemistry and Physics. It is full of great projects.
Food pantries, libraries, nursing homes, churches…they all like the extra help, even if it is only for a few months. You would be surprised the skills you learn volunteering.
Go camping as a family –
Either go to a campground or find a family camp where there is family friendly activities. Build you family relationships. We go to Spencer Lake Christian Center’s Family Camp every year and absolutely love it. It is the least expensive vacation we have found that offers so much to do.
If you are still at a loss –
ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO LEARN. In the summer when I have more time I let them tell me what they are interested in. They usually come up with some of the best ideas.
When all else fails, Pintrest. I typed in homeschooling just to see what it brought up. You could do this on your own, make a folder of ideas you are interested in and then let the kids pick from that. There were all kinds of great ideas! I might try some new ones.