5 Things to Do in Your Summer Homeschool
Summer homeschool can be the most fun and most memorable lessons! Whether you follow more structured lessons year-round or break for a summer holiday, the truth is you never completely stop homeschooling. One of the best things about homeschooling is your ability to draw lessons from everyday activities, teach through games and recreation, and demonstrate an attitude of lifelong learning. Check out this Homeschool Living for five fun things to do in your summer homeschool.
Summer Homeschool Learning Activities
1. Make a DIY slip ‘n’ slide
Check out this simple but effective DIY slip ‘n’ slide for hours of summer homeschool fun. Not only does this activity give you a great opportunity to examine the physics of the game, it’s also a great time to practice water safety!
2. Study lightning bugs
Lightning bugs–or fireflies!–are one of the most beautiful and unique summertime insects. There are lots of ways you can incorporate a summer homeschool lesson into the quintessential summertime activity of catching or watching them. If you plan to catch the bugs to be able to study them up close, check out these tips and guidelines for how to safely catch them. Catch fireflies carefully, treat them gently, and release them into the wild again when you’re done, and you’ll be able to enjoy these fascinating creatures without causing any harm.
3. Get messy with outdoor squirt painting
Squirt painting can really be anything you want it to be. Use any squirting tool or toy you have on hand–spray bottles, bath toys, squirt guns, etc.–and almost any paint. As long as you water down the paint sufficiently, you’ll be able to use it effectively for squirt painting, but you’ll want to consider how and where you’re using the paint to determine what type will best suit you. (Washable watercolors are easy to clean up.)
4. Carve a watermelon
Watermelon is the quintessential summer treat! Turn it into a fun, creative outlet by carving the rinds. Check out watermelon.org for some fun watermelon carving ideas and inspiration. Note that all material may not be suited to every family, and parents should use their discretion in determining which activities are right for their summer homeschool.
5. Build a fort
Building a backyard fort is the perfect way to practice a few engineering principles and create a great place for a summer homeschool hangout. Use simple materials such as sheets, tablecloths, clothespins and garden stakes, as well as environmental elements like tree branches and rocks for an easy, endlessly customizable afternoon project.