Summer is around the corner! Can you smell it yet?! Can you taste it?
Even though we do year-round homeschooling, our summer is a little more relaxed than during the school year. However, if you and your children have the summer off, have you ever considered adding some inspiring, educational activities into the summer months?
Here are some ways to keep your children inspired and learning even during summer vacation.
I find math to be one of those subjects that can be easily incorporated into summer days.
- Board games are a wonderful way to blend “play” with math.
- Cooking and grocery shopping also allow plenty of opportunities to explore money, fractions, and measurements.
Summer is the time of year to get out and enjoy your community.
- Take community walks and make maps of your neighbourhood.
- Participate in community volunteer opportunities such as litter clean-up events and assisting in maintaining community gardens.
- Be a “tourist” in your city. Visit museums, art galleries, heritage landmarks, and legislature/parliament grounds.
Science is something I don’t have to do a lot of planning for because science is everywhere!
- Study insects, trees, birds, and nature.
- Work together on planting and maintaining a small vegetable garden.
- Go for nature walks!
- Use a guide such as the Nature Anatomy book by Julia Rothman, to inspire nature exploration.
- Keep a nature journal (write, draw, and collect leaf specimens for the journal).
- Take trips to the beach to collect sea shells and investigate water samples.
- Stargaze with astronomy maps.
Reading and summer seem to go hand-in-hand. I always have a few summer novels that I read while lounging outside or laying in the shade of a tree.
- Consider joining (or hosting) a summer reading club.
- Make regular visits to the library.
- Choose a delightful summer-themed book as a read aloud for the summer months.
Writing is something you don’t want to neglect during summer vacation. Here are some ways to keep your child interested in writing.
- Keep a shared journal (take turns writing to each other in it).
- Encourage them to keep a journal of their own.
- Write a haiku about summer.
- Write an acrostic poem about summer.
- Provide some summer writing prompts to encourage your child to write!
Download a free copy of 30 summer journal writing prompts here!
Summer doesn’t have to be a time of little educational value! With a bit of planning, your child will learn throughout the summer months (and not even be aware of it)! Try a few of these suggestions! You may be pleasantly surprised!
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