This summer you can use some or all of these 7 Easy Summer Homeschooling Ideas to keep your kids busy while educating them. Instead of making them sit at a desk all day throughout the summer, you can turn to these alternatives that give them something fun to do, all while helping to engage their minds. If you homeschool year round, these are also great ways to have some fun school days that are a bit less traditional.
7 Easy Summer Homeschooling Ideas
1. Visit a state or national park
There are so many beautiful state parks to visit. Take your kids along to the Ranger station and find out if they have a Junior Ranger program. Even if they don’t, there will be a lot of great ways to learn about your closest state or national park. Learn about wildlife, hike trails, or watch videos available that teach about what makes your park unique. This can be a great basis for a unit study in science or even history of your state.
2. Go to kids museums
There are hundreds of children’s museums nationwide. These feature great interactive educational programs and often day camps. Check with what is available in your state and make plans to visit. If you have a museum close by, you may want to invest in a family membership and go regularly throughout the year to see new exhibits and take part in fun activities.
3. Learn about your state flower and tree
Summer is a great time to take advantage of your state information and learn about flowers, trees, and other foliage that is local to you. Giving your kids a great history of their state can be easy when you head out and explore during staycation days.
4. Learn about famous Olympians
Even if it isn’t an Olympic year, summer brings about some of the most popular Olympic sports. It’s a great time to research and learn about famous Olympians, the first Olympics, and key Olympic events through the years.
5. Take a cooking class
For kids who enjoy cooking, a fun class you create yourself or a local community class is great. It is a perfect way to introduce measurements, fractions, and, of course, the art of reading and following directions. Plus the results are always fun!
6. Visit your state legislature
Go to your local or state capital and take a tour of the state building. Meet local representatives and learn about what bills are currently being looked at in your area.
7. Explore local beaches or lakes for shells, fish, and signs of wildlife
After your visit to a local state park, you may have learned more about local fish, wildlife, or even sea creatures. Take a visit to a local body of water to swim, but also include some exploration for the purpose of education. Collect and identify specimens.
Just because temperatures have risen doesn’t mean you can’t put these easy summer homeschooling ideas to use this year. Get your kids out and about exploring various things in your state and local area that can double as educational opportunities.