Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unscocialized Homeschoolers
Now that the season is in full swing, beating the summer heat can be difficult.
These suggestions should give you some ideas for ways to keep boredom at bay without sweltering in the hot sun.
Playing with water, in some form or fashion, is always a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Some ideas:
- Set up a water table – You can build a simple DIY water table or just fill a container with water and place it outside.
- Water balloon war or toss
- Water gun battles
- Sprinkler fun – Water the grass and entertain the kids all at once!
Kids Bowl Free
It’s not too late to sign up for Kids Bowl Free. My family has already been bowling several times this summer and the kids love it. So do my husband and I! As a matter of fact, we briefly discussed the merits of finding a random kid to take so we could go bowling while our kids were at camp.
I’m kidding. Mostly.
Check your local bowling alley’s specials. Ours has a couple of days each week in which food specials make eating at the bowling alley a reasonably-priced, fun treat.
Libraries, museums and aquariums
Photo by Chun Xia
When it’s really hot outside, sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to find an indoor venue for a day of family fun. Take advantage of specials that local museums and aquariums may be offering. Keep your kids’ supply of summer reading fresh with regular trips to the library.
Summer reading programs at the library are usually lots of fun, but if your library doesn’t offer one or it’s inconvenient to attend, create your own summer reading program.
Life skills training
Summer, with its more relaxed schedule, can be a great time to teach your kids some basic life skills. Some examples include:
- Yard work
- Balancing a checkbook
People often ask us why we start school so early (usually the second week of July). It’s because we school year round.
While there are at least a dozen benefits to homeschooling year round, one of them is definitely the fact that it’s too hot to do anything else in July (at least here in the South), so we might as well be doing school.
Starting in July keeps everybody occupied in air conditioned comfort and it allows us to get ahead so that we can enjoy being off when the weather is cooler in the fall.
What activities do your family enjoy to help beat the summer heat?