Summer Learning Fun
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This post was originally published on June 19, 2013 but is still applicable today.
Have you thought about sneaking in some homeschooling this summer? It is amusing to watch children learn when they do not realize it. The key is to do something fun. Sure the library reading programs are interesting but after awhile the excitement wears off. I am suggesting adding some different types of summer learning fun instead. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Have you ever had activities as part of a science curriculum and could not complete them because the weather was not conducive? Take advantage of the summer and study things that you were not able to during the cold months such as insects, bubbles, pond life, gardening, and many others.
Many years ago we studied the life cycle of butterflies. It was great fun watching the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. We purchased a kit, sent off for the caterpillars, set up the butterfly garden, and began the daily observation. The best part was releasing the butterflies. In the Hands of a Child has a butterfly curriculum with 24 hands-on activities to add to the learning experience. One activity is creating a model cocoon.
Just about every child likes playing with bubbles. There is more you can do than just blowing bubbles. We had a bubble night at Awana last year. I purchased bouncing bubbles from Steve Spangler Science. It was fun and messy. If you want to learn more about bubbles, In the Hands of a Child has a bubbleology curriculum with 15 hands-on activities. Be sure to save some of the bubble solution for winter so you can watch bubbles shatter.
Gardening is another option for summer learning fun. Well, that may be a stretch for some kids. The Get Ready to Garden Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child will help you in teaching your children about gardening. Growing strawberries or tomatoes upside down will make the experience a little more fun. You can purchase a kit from Target.
Have you ever grown a frog? We have an area where tadpoles emerge every year. The tadpoles / frogs are released after a number of days of watching them. We did buy a kit for growing a frog and kept it in an aquarium of sorts for awhile. We purchased the kit from Insect Lore.
We had a science curriculum that wanted the student to observe pond life. The first time around it was not feasible to do because there was ice on the pond. So we skipped the experiment. Another time we were able to collect some pond water and look at a sample under the microscope. One word describes it – gross. In the Hands of a Child has a pond life curriculum if you wish to learn more.
So what kind of summer learning fun will you be having?
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