Posted on Jun 17 2013 in Cool Sites by admin
3.1 Christian Resources: Gospel Reading for Summer
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article: “What if I Had No Money for Curriculum?”
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Summertime Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids
3.4 Summer Project: Plan a Trip (or a Virtual One!)
3.5 Arts and Crafts: Create from Recyclables
3.6 Homeschooling: “Lifeschooling” Video with Kirk Cameron
3.7 History and Geography: Around the World in 60 Days
3.8 Science: Stormy Weather
This homeschool mom has chosen the book of John for her family to read as their Summer Reading Challenge. Read her thoughts on implementing a program to keep skills sharp while also feeding her children’s hearts.
One mom wrote how she would manage with “just an Internet connection, printer, and Kindles.” Even if you do buy curriculum, check her website suggestions to see if any may be useful.
While the older kids are planning their trip(s)–see 3.4– the younger set could be occupied working their way through a summer playtime bucket list. Here are 50 activities that your kids will love. It helps that most items on this “to do” list are free or cheap and are done at home! The activities take varying amounts of time and supervision, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs at a given time. Try out fizzing sidewalk paint, a pill bug race, or make “dirt soup.” Be on the lookout for bits of things to go into a summer memory jar at the end of the season. Some children who are above kindergarten age may also participate happily.
The process of trip planning can teach a lot, from research skills to budgeting one’s time and money. Children will learn to organize their thoughts in planning and their possessions for the trip. Planning builds anticipation, brings up questions, and maximizes learning. Enjoy!
Sift through the various projects to see what piques the interest of your kiddos and corresponds to the almost-trash you can rescue; then make something creative and useful!
The website introduces the two-minute video with, “Actor Kirk Cameron allows the viewer a chance to look into his decision to homeschool in Hollywood. Following the video, you may walk away with a new perspective in mind–Lifeschooling.” He has other videos on the site too.
Are you interested in some painless and downright fun geography? Get a free downloadable map, itinerary, passport, and stamps for “Around the World in 60 Days” from Focus on the Family and Thriving Families magazine.
We are reminded by recent weather in the U.S. that this time of year can bring severe storms. Parents know best when and how much info to present to their children, so review the resources and see if any of the many topics and resources meet a need in your home. The site recommends the material for students who are approximately eight years old and up.