“No more classes, no more books. No more teachers dirty looks!” I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling than knowing that you have almost 3 full months of nothing ahead of you.
Well, “nothing” for me was the summer reading program at the library, as many books as I could read, outside play with friends and a seemingly endless space to explore. However, things are not like that anymore. I can’t let my 8 year olds out to play like I was let out at their age. It’s just not safe enough anymore.
So, what to do? Well, continue schooling, of course! Summer is a perfect time to expand on what your child learned the past year and explore their interests. The laid back vibe of summertime learning and the absence of pressure from tests, can open your child up to true learning through exploration. You never know what they’ll discover that can end up shaping them for the rest of their life!
If you’re like me, however, you stare blankly at your kid every morning when they ask “What are we doing today?” I am not that mother that can pack my kids up, head out the door and make up an adventure as we go along. I need help with this stuff. Where to get help, though?
Um, Pinterest, of course. Duh! Here are some of my favorite!
Working on telling time? Learning Ideas Grade K-8 has several great ideas for clocks.
Have a preschooler or Special Needs child? Sweet Serendipity has some great tooth care activities!
I absolutely LOVE this activity from The University of Utah!! Perfect as an introduction to Anatomy, it can also be used as a guide for higher level work as well.
Children learn better when their education is a hands on experience. With a little creativity, and a lot of help from Pinterest, you can guide your child into a whole new level of learning this summer. Just don’t be surprised when they find “regular” school boring this fall!
Tiffany is a homeschooling Mama of 3 girls and 1/2 of Home Grown Families. She schools year round, using the summer to learn outside as much as possible to stock up on sun before the brutal PA winter. You can connect with Tiffany and HGF on Twitter as @MomToSprouts.