Do you want to keep your kids learning all summer? Here are some super fun ways to get them learning without them knowing it! Keep their brains sharp with some sneaky summer learning!
There are some homeschoolers who work on school work year round.
We do not.
I will be brutally honest here, I look forward to summer vacation as much as my kids do. I need the break from having to have lessons planned, worksheets printed, and all the other things that come with homeschooling.
I do like my kids to keep learning all summer long. But if they think for one minute that I am trying to make them learn I’d have a mutiny on my hands.
So I sneak it in… sneaky, sneaky mommy. Oh my you’re learning something and you didn’t even know it…*evil laugh*
The summer is full of opportunities to keep your kid’s minds sharp, you just have to know where to look! Here’s a few places I’m getting my kids brains firing… without them knowing it of course!
Summer learning can be so much fun!
The Lemonade Stand– Daniel turned 9 this year but the kid still loves to rock a lemonade stand. Having our cabin at the lake makes for an excellent venue too! Beyond the setting up and selling we turned this venture into a (sneaky) economics lesson. We talked about profit and expenses. How you need to add up your expenses, which of course I made him do, to figure out how much you need to charge to actually make money. This led into a conversation about stores and how they get goods, mark them up, and sell to the consumers. He also decided to offer two sizes at his stand, and had to figure the prices and what each one was worth. He had to make change for people, organize the stand, and even whip up a sign for some marketing. Each and every step is full of learning opportunity, make sure you take them!
Vacations– Is your family headed out on a road trip? Where are you headed? Chances are that where ever you are going it’s because there are things to see and do. Vacations are a perfect opportunity to get your kids reading, doing research and learning about budgeting. Have them look up activities for your destination. Do they love to go go-carting? Have them find the closest place, figure the cost, and find out what hours they’re available. Are you visiting somewhere historic? Challenge them to find an interesting fact, or set up a scavenger hunt for when you get there so that they have to look for facts and learn as they go! Make it a point to see historic sites, go to museums, science centers, and other educational places! Travel brochures, and websites are a great place to do some reading and research without realizing it. Before you know it your kid becomes your tour guide, and they’ve done some summer learning!
Bugs & Critters– My boys are total critter kids. If it is creepy and crawly chances are they’ll pick it up, put it in a jar, and want to show it to everyone. Why stop there? Have them figure out what it is? What does it eat? If it is a caterpillar what is it going to change into? Whatsthatbug.com is an awesome resource, or head out to the library or book store and grab a bug book to get looking!
Geocaching- Have you ever been geocaching? If you want to learn more head over here to check it out. There are caches hidden all over the place. You can find them in historical landmarks, parks, and even cemeteries. Each place has a unique opportunity for learning. Make sure to take the time to look around, read the historical markers, check out the dates on tombstones and talk about what was going on in the world at that time. Not to mention the benefits of learning about latitude and longitude, grid coordinates, and navigation.
Nature Walks – If you are going on a hike or to the park sneak in some learning! Take along a camera and snap pictures of bugs, tracks, trees and flowers. When you get home take the time to research them. Even better make a nature journal and write about what you saw, draw pictures, even glue leaves or flowers into it!
Weather– Summer is a great time for weather! Thunderstorms, humidity, lake or ocean breezes. Have the kids look at the forecast. Study the radar. Learn about what causes lightning and thunder. Start tracking hurricanes (I can safely do this without freaking my kids out because we live in Ohio). Make a rain gauge, and sit it out during a summer shower. Keeping a weather calendar or doing an art project involving clouds is another fun way to talk and learn about the weather!
Outdoor Art Projects– Don’t forget about art! Summer is a great time to get outside for messy and fun art projects. Whether it’s painting or frozen sidewalk chalk popsicles, you can have a blast with art! Fill some squirt guns with watered down paint and spray a canvas, fill water balloons with paint and let them splat on a big piece of paper! There is so much fun to be had and the mess isn’t in your house!
So there you have it… some of the ways were working in some sneaky summer learning without them knowing it!
What ways do you keep your kids learning all summer? Do you sneak it in? I’d love to hear your suggestions!