Life is short, and we need to enjoy it. The same goes for our kids. Many of us in the homeschooling world get caught up in trying to set this incredible standard with academics we often forget that learning can be a fun and exciting experience. If like us you homeschool year round you can lose track of the fun parts of summer. You do not have to. Build your homeschool summer camp and make it fun.
With summer in full swing ask yourself “How can I make this year fun and encourage learning and discovery at the same time?” What programs, activities, and events are going on in your town? What fun and active things can you do with your child to make summer learning fun? Spend some time brainstorming and even talking with your kids about ideas.
We are all about having fun when we do school in the summer. I pull out odds and ends from the Mother Goose Time Curriculum that will be great for summer like this Lemonade Stand from February and random leftover art supplies I keep in a bin, for the kids to raid and make things like the bracelets in the picture above. They are learning and having fun.
Mix in crafts for a homeschool summer camp
Crafts are fun, though often get overlooked as kids get older. Bring them back int to the picture and while you’re at it drag your children’s friends into the fun. Gather them together outside and challenge them to try a fun new summer craft or create a work of art to go with something your children are learning academically. Try classic summer camp projects like friends ship bracelets. Have run and learn together.
Get active with old-fashioned activities in your homeschool summer camp.
Drag the kids outside away from the textbooks by their toes and dive into some fun… As if you had too right? Here are a few great ideas.
- Host a big water balloon fight. Those fun easy to fill, and self-tieing water balloons are perfect for this.
- Three-legged race
- Water balloon toss
- Egg and spoon race
- Go crazy with glow sticks
- Enjoy smores by a campfire
- Learn and play with bubbles
- Sparklers and fireworks
Get away from the house for your homeschool summer camp
What field trips can you plan to get the kids out of the house and active this summer? Then build learning activities to center around those events after.