I’m so excited about this series! I shared a few weeks ago about how we homeschool-year round, and some of our reasons for doing this. One of the reasons we homeschool year round is to encourage our kids to retain what they have learned, and to keep them in the habit of learning all year long. I think this is important, whether you actually school year-round or not.
You can encourage your kids to learn all year, even without school!
I started this as a post, before I quickly realized I could never fit all the information I wanted to include in a single post. So, this is the beginning of an 8-part series. Each week will have an idea for educational fun for the whole family–get mom and dad involved as much as possible!
I get it. There has been a big buzz lately about over entertaining our kids. We don’t want to do this. Our kids need time to get bored, time to explore on their own, time for free play. I absolutely recommend all those things–not just in the summer but all year long!
So, I am not suggesting elaborate activities planned for every minute of your child’s day.
However, our kids also need a little bit of structure, a little bit of routine. They can get restless just like we adults do at times, and having a few planned activities can go a long way toward preventing this.
Learning can be fun and simple. And that’s what I want to share with you over the coming weeks. Some ideas may take more planning than others, but I just want to share one idea or resource each week that will keep your kids learning this summer.
And, keep the list handy and come back to it throughout the year! Learning can be fun all year long.
This series is for all the parents who want to keep their kids learning this summer. Maybe your kids are in public school and they are home for the summer, or maybe you homeschool and don’t school year round, but want to do something during the summer. The ideas in this series are for anyone who’s looking to make learning more fun throughout the year as well.
Education doesn’t have to be a drudgery and shouldn’t be. Learning can be fun! I’ve shared before that we see learning a bit differently in our family. We’re more laid with our schooling and learning, because we think learning should be a part of everyday life, and should be fun.
I want to share some of our fun learning strategies with you, so that you can keep your kids learning all summer long, and show them that learning doesn’t have to be drudgery–it can be fun!
So, follow along every Monday this summer and be intentional with spending time with your kids, and helping them learn in the process.
Here is a tentative schedule of topics. I will be expanding on these ideas over the coming weeks, and will link the posts here as they are completed.
Don’t let the titles of these scare you. If some are more involved, I offer options to make them easier. If some are more “boring” for some children, I offer ideas to make it more fun.
And, as I said above, many of these ideas are good for all year long!
- Science Experiments
- Summer Reading
- Grow a Garden
- Subscription Boxes
- Field Trips
- Board Games
- Building Toys
- Make History Come Alive (field trips, costumes, acting out scenes, etc.)
- Hands On Fun (art projects and more)
- Make Homemade Ice Cream
- Workbooks Can be Fun