Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
Summer will officially knock on our doors later this week, and everything outdoors is bursting with life. Indoors we are bursting too–to get out and enjoy different activities–biking, swimming at the beach, eating ice cream, basking in the sun.
But we sometimes forget about the other side of summer. It varies depending on where you live, but may include: hot, sticky afternoons when you run for shade and a/c, bugs and mosquitoes, afternoon thunderstorms, and a lack of structure that sends many kids (and their parents) over the edge.
I wrote this post to help prevent the latter from happening. Whether you school year-round or not, you may find yourself in need of summer learning ideas to keep everyone happy at home.
Hopefully these links will help!
* A lighthearted summer reading list for kids (& moms, too!) @ Simple Homeschool
* Free summer bookmarks & reading charts @ Wise Owl Factory
* Summer library programs – Years ago I wrote about why I would not sign my children up for the library’s summer reading program. When I wrote that post I wanted my young kids to fall in love with reading–as opposed to falling in love with bribes and rewards from their reading.
Now that my kids’ love of reading is firmly established, I would sign them up if they were interested. Just goes to show how our seasons as mamas and families change and what we need changes as well.
* Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles by Violet Findley – Tsh @ Simple Mom mentioned this in her summer post the other day, and it looks so fun! (There’s also a version in print instead of cursive.)
* Math Game Time – This site has a ton of free online math games and videos–perfect for fun and refreshing those math skills all at the same time.
* Math Arcade @ Fun Brain
* Around the world – one picture book at a time @ Simple Homeschool
* Summer history project @ Celebrating Family
* A beach blanket education @ Simple Homeschool
* 50 summer science ideas @ Science Sparks
* Lessons learned while camping @ Simple Homeschool
* Summer Bridge Activities – These colorful workbooks come highly recommended. For those concerned about summer learning loss, and particularly if you have a child who enjoys workbooks, these contain 15 minute reviews for each weekday of the summer.
* Create a summer points chart @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Kids earn points for tackling various challenges over the summer and cash in their points for prizes set by the family.
* Pool school @ Teaching Stars
Ways to use the water for learning as well as fun!
* Inspiration for the mama – Summer often gives a little extra breathing room for mamas to reevaluate our roles and any changes we hope to make within our family life in the future.
My new ebook, The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide: Joyful Motherhood on Your Own Terms, is now available, and I hope it’s an encouragement to you!
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
~ John Lubbock
Have any links to add? What resources do you plan to use as your family learns this summer?