Saturday, May 28, 2016

Preventing the "summer slide" with over 100 things to do this summer!




If you're like me, you're going to continue with schoolbooks right on through the summer. There are two main reasons for this:
  1. We didn't meet all of our learning goals for the year and summer is a great time for playing catch up. 
  2. Learning never really stops anyway. However, we had goals and failed to meet them so we're using this slower season to catch ourselves up. 


If you're not like me and you DID meet your goals (or even if you didn't meet all of your goals but would like something less "traditional" for the summer months), check out Homeschool.com's "101 Things To Do This Summer"! This list has some of the most unique ideas I've ever seen. I don't know how the owner never runs out of ideas, but she's full of creativity! Some of my favorites include... 


6.  Lie outside at night and watch the sky for shooting stars. Find out why shooting stars aren't really stars at all. 
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question12.html

12. Make your own sidewalk chalk! Then make a work of art in your driveway!

13. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much sugar in cotton candy as you might think.
http://www.cottoncandy.net/  

31. Make a nail polish masterpiece (it's really cool and very unique)!  The website carlasonheim.com offers interesting and thorough video tutorials for this and much more! The site also offers online and self-study art classes free tutorialsand  instructional books
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43. Write a children's book – maybe one you can share with your siblings and friends. The Easy Writing products from EasyGrammar.com can help.  They even offer blank books.69. Make a Tic -Tac -Towel. Great fun for the pool or beach!
http://www.marthastewart.com/273719/tic-tac-towel 

78. Barter your services. Want to ride a horse? Offer to clean out stalls in return for riding time. Want to take guitar lessons? Offer to mow the instructor's lawn in return for lessons. Get your parent's permission and then make sure you follow through on your end.

85. Find out how hot air balloons work. Depending on where you live, you might be able to go on one or at least watch one take off. Did you know they make quite a bit of noise? 
http://www.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/hot-air-balloon.htm 

....and more! There are just too many to list, but I plan for us to accomplish at least these things plus several others I didn't list. I've already discussed (individually) each child's summer learning goals and have typed two copies--one for the child to keep in a visible place he or she will see it often and one for myself.

Do you know that if you made it a goal to get through just three things (each week) on the "101 Things" list, you'd still have plennnnty of fun activities to do when the new school year begins? If you want to get through the entire list, you'll need to do at least 2 things each day. Given that some of the things take longer periods of time than others, this isn't entirely impossible to do! You'll stay super busy, but you'll have FUN making memories your children will never forget. And that's always worth it. ♥ ♥

Enjoy! 




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