Summers are for adhesive pallets, drippy, running through sprinklers, camping in the woods, and lazy afternoons reading on the lawn. But they are also a perfect time for learning.
What is that? His children are done with school and this is supposed to be his break?
understand. My kids love to take a break from the “school” Formal much as the next guy. But that’s not really what I’m talking about.
One of the values we have in our family is to raise children who are learning a lifetime. We want them to be self-motivated learners who not only enjoy expanding their minds and explore new themes, but also intentionally look for opportunities to learn outside of school and long after graduation.
We strive to do this in several ways, including creating a learning environment rich in our house, being constant learners we , and always speak of education as a blessing and privilege and it’s something pretty darn impressive.
To go along with our philosophy, who do not think in the summer as a time to block the books in a closet and let the kids drift until after weekend Labor Day but rather a time to encourage learning unique ways both they entertain them during long summer days, and instill in them a deep love of learning that will serve them the rest of their lives.
I have compiled a list of some great ways that can keep their active minds of children and constantly expanding this summer, no boring books required.
Take nature walks and make sketchbooks
* This sketch nature is taken from my sweet friend Instagram account Diana … she is a wonderful influenced Charlotte-Mason homeschooler *
This is a technique homeschool became popular by Charlotte Mason method. You can learn more about it (and see some examples of pages) here .
is a very simple but beautiful way to help children develop a love for nature, improve your drawing skills, increase their ability to make careful observations and patients, and learn more about wildlife and flora around them. There is no doubt that there has to be a homeschooler to let your kids loose in nature and arm them with notebooks and crayons pencil!
Immerse yourself in the lists of summer reading and challenges
I love it best when my children get all bookwormy and sequester themselves away in hidden corners of the house to read until someone discover. But sometimes it does not happen that way and I have to shake a little incentive in the pot.
Although often buy new books with my children in mind or sift through our extensive library of used and suggest options fun for them books, can be even more useful to do something like challenging summer reading.
Most local libraries offer lists of summer reading, special sheets or checklists to record what your children have read, and often even prizes for reading, which can be very motivating. There are also many summer programs online that you can use (such as this ) or listen this podcast for more ideas to spark summer reading.
Looking for good book recommendations? I love this extensive reading list .
Play math games online
This can be more fun than it sounds, I promise!
Math is one of those topics that can be easily forgotten over the summer months, so I like to find ways for my kids to keep practicing. Here are some options:
- Starfall – It’s free and perfect for Littles (Eng preschool and early primary.). There is also a payment option that gives you full access to all videos and games. Phonics activities are also great.
- Splash Math -. This is not free, but I’ve heard rave reviews and even have a specific program for summer time
- Seeds of mathematics – This is from the creators of reading eggs. Again, it is not free, although they do offer a free trial. This is great fun for children 3-8 years (my son who struggle with math loved it).
- Mathletics – This is our favorite. Our children found this extremely motivating. They can work through specific issues in a systematic manner (depending on grade) and win prizes, but there is also something called Live Mathletics where children can do math racesvwith around the world in real time! It is certainly the most expensive, so only worth it if you are going to use throughout the year or in addition homeschooling (which is the way we use).
Listen to audiobooks
Whether, muggy days or long trips, audiobooks are a wonderful choice. If you choose carefully, you may even be entertaining for the whole family.
We’re big fans of the history of World recordings . These are technically part of a program of history, but are read by Jim Weiss and delightfully so interesting, you all want to listen for hours. And here’s another resource you just heard about this week with stories from around the world .
Encourage them into a new hobby
current favorite of our older children this summer has been magic tricks. They’ve been watching videos of magic and YouTube channels with his father, and after spending hours each day to practice and perfect their tricks, then perform “magic shows” in our living room at night.
There are many things that can be self-study – perhaps a martial art like taekwondo, art (Our 11-year-old self-study online this year and we were surprised how much we got!) craft or sewing techniques, a new sport (we are currently learning to play tennis), or perhaps something musical, a type of computer programming or coding, or even a new language . The possibilities are endless.
Teach your children to cook
Now this … this is certainly the gift that keeps on giving learning throughout the school year, right, mothers? Who does not want to be able to take their children to have breakfast or lunch for themselves?
My favorite place to teach children how to cook excellent resource is my friend Katie class Children of Cook Real Food (LINK AFFILIATE necessary). Currently, it is not open to new members, but will be back later in the summer. Another course to teach children to cook real food is the modulus of children is a part of traditional cuisine School (LINK AFFILIATE necessary). My oldest daughter used this a lot when she was 8 years old and it really inspired to do more in the kitchen.
can also find simple recipes to show your children and then let them try on their own. I tried to find YouTube channels useful for cooking, but honestly, I have not found any good for children who do not focus heavily on cooking and get addicted goodies ( this website was the closest I came to find something useful). I keep choosing recipes or tutorial videos for adults that you think could go along with. (But if you know of a great YouTube channel, please share in the comments!)
More information about the birds and other local wildlife
Our kids love to watch birds, squirrels, lizards, frogs, insects and any other living creature that wanders near them, but it’s even better when you can identify what they are seeing. We just moved to a new part of the country a couple of weeks ago, so we are not sure about local species, but it is easy to buy local field guides (or find them in the library) or use the Internet as the incredible source of information it is.
Just looking in Google “Guide to the Birds of Ontario” (Ontario is the province, so try searching for your local area), I found these really useful resources:
Observing birds is just an easy example, but children the best you have that are in bugs, or want to learn more about the fauna of the forest, or you can study up on fish or marine animals if going to be the coast or vacation in a lake.
Look for local classes
Most community centers or recreation offer not only classes of regular swimming or summer day camps, but also classes specialized in particular sports (such as football, badminton and basketball), dance or gymnastics, art or music, or even technology, lego building, robotics, and more.
Summer is also a good time for older children to take courses in first aid, surveillance-life, or certification babysitting. It was also found that the local performing arts center offers a wide variety of art, music, theater and related classes throughout the summer.
How to prevent your children learn during the summer?