Learning Throughout the Summer
Time certainly does fly. I can’t believe summer is almost here. But before it does arrive, I always like to share some ideas for homeschooling during the summer. I don’t know about you, but my children tend to get a little lazy during the hot summer months. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind giving them a break and toning down the intensity of our homeschooling, but I also want to keep them sharp.
Too many children get what many of us homeschoolers call “summer brain drain.” The children work so hard all year long and then they nearly forget everything they learned. Then, in my case, I have to spend almost the whole first month of the new school year getting them back up to speed. It’s frustrating. Now I keep them learning but we change our schedule up a bit and have more fun. So even if you’re a traditional September through June homeschooler, an all-year long homeschooler, or somewhere in between, you can still use these exciting tips and boost your children’s summer learning experience.
Take Learning Outside This Summer
We all associate summertime with outdoor activities. Now apply that association with summertime homeschooling. There are a ton of things you and your children or whole family can enjoy. And while you’re enjoying, spend some time teaching your kids about nature, biology, history and so many other things. Here’s what our family enjoys:
- Fishing: Our children learn about the different bait and their habitat. We also study the game fish and their habitat. My youngest son knows everything about largemouth bass! They also learn about knot tying.
- Camping: We prepare an open fire and teach our children the importance of fire safely. We cook over the open fire and set up our own tents.
- Time at the ocean and bay: We collect shells, name and record the types of birds we see, and even get a little muddy as we explore the bay. It’s like having your own outdoor lab.
- Swimming: This is not only great exercise but our kids also learn CPR and water safety.
- Tennis: We play tennis as a family and the exercise and exertion helps our children burn off steam.
Build your own list of fun teachable moments and your children certainly won’t mind learning about the great outdoor world through sports, recreation, and exploration.
Take Summer Learning on the Road
Every trip to a new town or city offers wonderful teachable moments. There are museums, nature centers, historic sites, parks, and unique aspects of a town or city that makes it special.
We traveled to a small island off the west coast of Florida one year. I was worried that there’d be nothing for the children to do except swim and fish. I was wrong. Once I researched the place, I found out there are sacred Native American sites we could visit. We even took a tour and learned all about the Native Americans who made that tiny island their home. The island also had its own art community where local artists gave painting and sculpting lessons. The children absolutely loved it — and it was inexpensive.
So go ahead, take a long weekend vacation or more, but don’t forget to research the area and find the unique aspects that make it a special place. I bet you’ll find some crazy fun and educational things to do.
Create a Summertime Themed Unit Study
A summertime themed unit study is the perfect way to tackle homeschooling during the sunshine season. Below is a solid list of activities and lessons to add into your unit study. First up is our handpicked lessons from Time4Learning’s award-winning curriculum. If you haven’t subscribed to become a member of Time4Learning, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of their 14-day money back guarantee. One of the advantages of Time4Learning is that it travels easily because it’s an online curriculum. Simply login at your convenience, whether you are at home or away on vacation. Here’s a great video to explain how it works.
Also included below are games, videos, worksheets, writing prompts, and much more from a few friendly homeschooling sites. Aren’t we so lucky to be homeschooling in the summertime? Now’s the time to get ready for the season and hopefully with these ideas and resources you’re already one step ahead.
- Beach Crossword
- Ocean Vocabulary Game
- Summer Fun Spelling List – includes a handwriting worksheet and an interactive teaching game
- Picnic Spelling List – includes a handwriting worksheet and an interactive teaching game
- Summer Sports Spelling List – includes a handwriting worksheet and an interactive teaching game
- Camping Spelling List – includes a handwriting worksheet and an interactive teaching game
- Ice Cream Flavors Spelling List – includes a handwriting worksheet and an interactive teaching game
- Writing Prompt – This summer, I…
- Writing Prompt – My dream vacation
- Four Ways to Keep Homeschoolers Writing Through the Summer
- Summer Writing Classes
- Get a headstart on school with summer writing study
- Graphic Organizer – T Chart
- Graphic Organizer – Gimme Five
- Graphic Organizer – Paragraph Burger
- Summer Learning in the Garden
- Changes in Matter – Changes at the Beach Video
- Marine Life Videos and Games
- Sun is a Mass Video
- Why Does the Sun Shine? Video
- Sun Science Video
- Sun and Heat Word-o-Rama
Activities & More