Many homeschool families take a break during summer. Whether it’s for a week or a month, the learning should never stop. There are so many ways to keep learning with your kids during summer break. In fact, the flexibility of homeschool will allow you to enjoy activities to expand your child’s knowledge with both indoor and outdoor and enrichment experiences that are typical during the summer months.
Fun Ways to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer
Forget the worksheets and workbooks! Try one of these fun ways to keep kids learning over the summer. They are so much fun kids won’t even realize they are sharpening their skills.
Take a camping trip with your family and explore the outdoors. Camping gives your children an opportunity to integrate math, science, and reading skills. Take measurements to construct the perfect camping area with tents for sleeping and a fire for cooking. Math skills also come in handy when gathering ingredients for your family to eat. You could certainly try to live off the land in some areas, but if you’re like me, roasting hot dogs and eating s’mores may be more suitable to your camping lifestyle.
Experience wildlife in your camping area by going on a scavenger hunt. Look for different species of plant and animals to bring science activities on your trip. Take some time to write and journal. You may even want to bring a bird watching book to identify some of the species you find!
Check out your local community or state college for programs for school-aged children. Many host non-credit or enrichment classes on a wide array of subjects. While your child takes a cooking class or explores insects, you could take a non-credit course on painting or photography. Many campuses have all ages classes that you can explore with your child.
Your local public library is more than just a place to check out books. Many public libraries allow patrons to check out membership passes for zoos or conservatories in the area. Along with summer reading programs, libraries offer activities for everyone from infants to the elderly. Crafts, storytime, and even writing groups are a few activities that may be available at your local library. Check it out!
Planting and growing a sustainable garden is an amazing way to learn and (literally) grow all summer long! Gardening requires planning, patience, and upkeep. Properly cultivating a vegetable garden can allow your children to explore their culinary skills in the kitchen once the vegetables are harvested. Studying different types of flowers in a botanical garden of your own is a great way to connect to science while beautifying your landscape.
We love visiting national parks all year round, but summer is often the best season to engage with wildlife in area parks. If you have a 4th grader, they can receive a free national park pass through the >Every Kid in a Park program. Free annual passes are also available for military families as well as discounted lifetime senior passes. If you find yourself visiting national parks throughout the summer or even year round, an annual pass (for just $80) is a perfect way to support programs throughout the country through the National Park Service.
There are plenty of fun ways to keep kids learning over the summer! When you look a what you are doing through an educational lens, there’s always something a child can learn!
Amber is the proud homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (27), Rosaleigh (13), Carlyn (10), Naomi (7), and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes four cats.
She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy. In addition to Metro Detroit Mommy, Amber has a passion for hosting karaoke and trivia with L Sharp Productions. She enjoys the Metro Detroit nightlife especially, singing, dancing and meeting new people.