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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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?

Blessings,

Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant

 

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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

13 Comments:

  1. Great post! So many fun ideas to make summer fun. I will have to look into the bubbleology one!

  2. Thanks Karyn. Let me know how the bubbleology goes.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  3. Great Ideas, We actually school year round so we try to incorporate more fun during the summer and the ideas you mentioned where great ideas for me. We love to finish up school and head outside for play and fun.

  4. These are some great ideas!! My little one would love the bubble one. We have had some bad luck with tad poles.

  5. Great ideas! I teach art classes, and one of the things we are looking forward to is sidewalk paint murals 🙂 Summer is for messy, outdoors learning in my book!

  6. We absolutely love learning through nature. We are blessed to have wooded property and a pond right here at home to view God’s glorious creatures through. Frogs, turtles, squirrel and rabbits are frequent in our studies.

  7. Hi Dana,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

    We also have a woods and a pond. A turkey stayed with us for a couple of months last year. It was quite fun to watch especially when it chased the squirrels.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  8. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for taking the time to read comment and comment on my post.

    I totally forgot about sidewalk chalk. We often have creative drawings in our driveway.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  9. Hi Stefanie,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post! 🙂

    Thank you for liking the ideas. Unfortunately, our tadpoles did not make it this year. A lesson learned.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  10. Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for stopping by, reading, commenting, and liking my ideas! 🙂

    This is the first year I have thought about having school year round. There are so many things to learn during the summer.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  11. These activities are fun anytime of the year! 🙂 I agree it is easier to sneak in a little more fun into summer learning. There are so many fun outdoor things you can do, but on extra hot days it is nice to let the kiddos play solid, yet fun, educational games at places like Learning Games for Kids, Vocabulary Is Fun, and Vocabulary Spelling City.

    Joyfully,
    Jackie

  12. Hi Jackie,

    Thanks for the suggestions for the other websites! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Angie

  13. You are very welcome. 🙂

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