Now we homeschool all year round and take our “summer” breaks through out the year, especially from Thanksgiving to the New Year because we really cherish those family times together.
Usually in the summer we focus a lot on homesteading. We have been working on a list of things we could, or might, do this summer and I thought I would list some ideas. Feel free to shout out some of your own ideas in the comments. I would love to have some more ideas.
- Bird Watching: This one my 15yo came up with. Our new home has an abundance of different types of birds and we would like to figure out what each of them are. Join The Ohio Ornithological Society.
- Gardening: We always do this one. Grow our own veggies. Plant some flowers. This is an easy science focus. About 2 years ago we planted a ton of clover in a “clover bed” we made and we enjoyed watching the bunnies come every morning for breakfast.
- Learn how to have an indoor herb garden. (click HERE for a variety of Google pics) We want to attach mason jars to a piece of wood and hang it on the kitchen wall. It could be fun to watch how it grows and when we cut some off see if it grows back there or if shoots off in multiple locations. We can also use this try new combinations of herbs for recipes.
- Find a new hobby like painting nature.
- Do more photography. Make a list of things we want to photograph and make an album and add to it as we find those things. Maybe do this in a scavenger hunt kind of way.
- Throw a Tea Party. Make finger foods. Make some scones topped with Lemon Curd. I love lemon things.
- Build a Picnic Table from scratch using power tools. Learn to read blue prints / plans. This is a good one for the wood working Papa Bear! Mama Bear just wants to sit at it.
- Build benches that go around trees. Can you tell I am focusing on what I need Papa Bear to do around here but its good for the kids to learn building skills and this also helps with learning to read a tape measure.
- Start up a book club where the books are all Beach or Summer Themed. Get friends involved and meet once a month. Discuss the books at the Tea Party!
- Learn a new instrument (I want to learn to play the Banjo, we really like Bluegrass). My Kiwi is learning to play the Bagpipes on a Practice Chanter, and Dede has been learning to play the Ukelele. They have also taught them selves piano but only Dede is learning to read music.
- Volunteer. Find something we are passionate about and volunteer.
- Practice our manners and respecting others. Learn how we can help others and not be selfish. There is too much selfishness in this world today so lets be selfless. Practice doing good deeds. I can’t stand to see people treat others in a way that doesn’t respect the person. People tend to be so self absorbed these days, walking right by someone in a store or other place that needs help and they rush away. About two weeks ago I was at Aldi’s Grocery Store and gave my cart to an elderly man and his wife. You would have thought I gave him a hundred dollars. For those of you who don’t know, you have to put a quarter in the cart to get it and I refused to take that mans quarter. That meant so much to him and I thought it was a tiny act of kindness. What we think is tiny could mean the world to someone else. Ok, off my soap box…
- For those who do bible study with your family or children, pick a new study. Women of the bible, How Jesus showed love to others while judging their sin at the same time, dig in to the archeology of Jesus’ time like how they lived at that time. What did they eat out of? Did they have eating utensils or did they use their hands? What kind of furniture would they have made? What woods (trees) were available at that time? What were other plants around the area? Look at an Historical Atlas and see if the boundaries have changed. Get creative. Think of things around you and see how or what was different back in bible times.
- Do a study on politics that you wouldn’t normally study from a text book. Compare thoughts about ideas and issues and how each political party looks at the issues. Watch different news stations (local probably won’t work, go for the bigger Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ect) on the same issue and compare how each station slants the story one way or another, or if they all feel the same about a story or how their views are different.
- Make your own music video and or movie or TV show. Act out an episode of a TV show or movie you like
- Learn a new sport or outdoor activity like Archery.
- Get creative and invent your own game.
- Write a book or short story.
Ok, that is all I have for now. Don’t forget to shout out your ideas, or a link to your similar post. If you post a link to your homeschool site Summer Activity list I will stop by.