During our summer breaks, we still like to set aside some time for educational activities like reading, math games, and journaling. I think it is important not to let our brains go to mush during the summer months. Now don't get me wrong, I love to veg out and just relax during this time, but if we do this every day during our time off this summer, beginning school in August will be hard on all of us.
Learning doesn't have to be at a desk or table. You can teach your children so much by taking nature hikes, going to parks, camping, or just taking an evening ride on your bicycles. Take time to enjoy the warm weather and all the beauty that God has surrounded us with during this season.
Here are some fun ideas I think may help you make learning fun this summer:
- You can buy/borrow a book on bugs, flowers, or rocks and head out the door to find some new ones that you can study.
- Plant a garden as a family. You can teach photosynthesis, the parts of a plant and how to grow your own food during this process.
- Join a summer reading program
- Start a family journal of your summer adventures and take turns writing in it.
- Buy some fun educational games to do as a family on those hot summer afternoons when no one wants to be outside.
- Make frequent trips to the library.
- Visit some museums that have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. You can soak up some sun while learning.
- Begin learning a new instrument. You have some extra time to focus on lessons and practice, so why not take advantage of it.
- Go on a scavenger hunt.
- Work on cooking some new recipes. Be creative and allow the kids to help prepare and cook the meal. Cooking is a great tool for teaching math, reading, and critical thinking skills.
Remember to have fun as you learn together and not to take one moment for granted. In the blink of an eye, your children will be grown. Enjoy them!!!!