Do you homeschool over the summer? We love our summer days, but during the heat of the day my kids want to be inside. And after their obsession with screens became a problem last summer, I decided we needed something else to do during our days.
So we jumped into Summer schooling. The kids weren’t that thrilled with the idea, but after a few days and some creative twists, they soon realized learning could be fun! The best part of homeschooling is flexibility, and that includes your lesson plans!
Summer schooling doesn’t have to fancy or elaborate. The important thing is to make it fun and incorporate learning into some of the activities they already do on a regular basis. These are some of our favorite ways to homeschool through the summer.
Create a summer reading program
Keep your kids reading all summer long by creating a summer reading program. Assign them books to read or a set amount of time to read each day. You can even take it a step further and have read aloud time each day! Download our FREE Summer Reading & Writing Fun Pack at the bottom of this post!
Summertime is a great time to go stargazing! You can teach your kids about planets and stars, and even help them find them in the night sky! If you don’t have good visibility from the yard, try visiting a planetarium for a better view.
Get in the water
Swimming could certainly count for P.E., but you can use that time in the water to teach your kids swim lessons or create water-based activities for them. You can also do similar activities on the beach as well! Don’t forget to check out all our other summer printables!
Go bird watching
Bird watching is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature with your kids! Create bird feeders to attract birds, and learn about them! Do some research and see if you have a bird sanctuary nearby if you don’t want to attract them to your yard. We’ve got some amazing bird watching printables – Check them out!
Use arts and crafts to teach lessons
Learn about bugs and flowers by making your own crafts with your kids! While your kids are crafting over the summer, choose crafts that are educational too!
Get into the garden
Summer is a great time to get into the garden and get your hands dirty! Take this time to teach your kids about important lessons like plant life cycles and the soil during their time in the garden. Download our Garden Unit Study or any of our garden printables!
Visit the library
Libraries have a ton of great reading programs over the summer! While this might sound like the last place to go, this can be a great way to learn over the summer.
Use road trips as chances to learn
Road trips are a great way to teach your kids about the world and unique places in it! Visit towns and learn about history while you’re there! Take advantage of your travel time to do quizzes about where they are or what road signs mean too! Did you see this adorable Vacation Fun Planning Pack? Download yours today!
Build something together
Your kids can do STEM activities that go far beyond the classroom table! Help them build a slip-n-slide, giant Jenga, or other activities that they can play with!
Go to the movies
Many theaters have special discount days or dollar days over the summer. They also use the time kids have off of school to show a variety of films including the new ones that hit theaters. Have you checked out all our movie studies? Download your favorites today!
This Summer Reading & Writing Fun Pack is a fun printable companion just in time for summer. It includes 7 pages of reading and writing activities. Inside you’ll find a reading log, reading lists for ages 4-12, a simple book report form and a summer writing prompt list!
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