Make YOUR OWN list—what do you want to do this summer? Go
camping? Swim weekly? Learn to ride a horse? Now share your list
with your parents. Our list is great – but your list might be
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue05 (p 8)
||2. Choose a day - or two - and perform random acts of
kindness. See how others respond. Browse Kindness Ideas, and
share your stories as well.
||3. Be creative this summer! Discover
your talent with drawing lessons from
They have some great
as well as
lessons to purchase.
One of our favorite free lessons is the
||4. Similarly - be crafty!
offers lots of premium quality, Made in America, children's fiber
(like potholder making) are available as well as some traditional
||5. Learn to play an instrument. Many music teachers are
reaching out to homeschoolers on our Local Homeschooling pages.
Piano, violin, guitar, voice and more! And yes—your voice is a
||6. Lie outside at night
and watch the sky for shooting stars. Find out why shooting
stars aren't really stars at all.
||7. While you're out there, check out the moon! Learn
about a full moon, as well as the different phases of the moon. Fyi
– the full moons this summer are on the evenings of May 21, June 20,
July 19 and August 18th.
||8. Decorate your flip flops.
||9. Learn watermelon science!
||10. If you have
younger brothers and sisters, you can help them learn to read this
offers reading games, fun science &
history field trips, and lots of stories for you to listen to.
Try a FREE month on
or in the
Apple App Store!
||11. Guess what? You can download even MORE great
learning to read apps from
Bob Books Reading Magic Sight
is an Academics' Choice award winner and a
great way to help kids learn to read at home or while traveling.
Magic Reading Apps 1 & 2
are also available and you can try the lite version free of
charge. Plus, Bob Books offers lots of
(coloring pages, games and more!) that
your entire family will enjoy.joy.joy.joy.
||12. Make your own sidewalk chalk!
Then make a work of art in your driveway!
||13. Learn about cotton candy. There's not nearly as much
sugar in cotton candy as you might think.
||14. Make a summer activity memory jar. Or, maybe make a
||15. Keep a summer journal.
Not only does it keep writing skills sharp through the lazy, hazy
days, but it gives you a place to log your vacation adventures or
have fun with
||16. Become a scientist this summer!
offers hands-on fun science resources you won't find at an
ordinary science supply company. They offer GREAT
summer science camp ideas
for K-College, and their
Home Science Lab
for ages 6-11 delivers a boxful of fun (and engaging) science
experiments to your house every month
||17. Try a food you've never tasted before. Go on...take a
||18. What's so special about the number 9? You can find
out here. (p25)
||19. Have a Cannon
Ball competition with your friends. Read the
following link and you just might win!
||20. Blow bubbles with
bubble gum – have blowing contests with your siblings. You
can even learn how to blow double bubble!
||21. Learn about bats - why they are important and why they
are beneficial. Did you know that a bat can eat as many as 1,200
mosquitoes in an hour? Try building a bat house.
||22. Read a book a week! Or more! Choose topics that really
interest you. If you're in grades 1-9, you can launch into summer
reading fun with
– there are 29 novel series to choose from. If you like a story, you
can read on....and on...and on!
||23. Interview your grandparents. They're interesting people!
Find out what toys they played with when they were young, what their
parents were like (your great-grandparents), what kind of clothes
they wore, etc. If you can, record the interview. You'll be glad you
||24. Have a piñata party. But first, make your own piñata.
Or for a wet twist, make a water
||25. Master a cartwheel and
physics of tumbling.
||26. Make a kaleidoscope!
||27. Do something especially nice for Father's Day (June 19th). Show
your Dad how much he means to you. Write him a letter expressing
your love. It's a gift he'll keep forever.
Learn a language.
How about Spanish?
All Bilingual Press
offers Spanish courses for kids K-12. The courses include audio
programs, poetry, cultural vignettes and much more. Aprender español
puede ser divertido!
||29. Discover what it takes to swim like a champion!
||30. Have a S'mores
party! If you can't roast the marshmallows over a
fire, make BroilerS'Mores.
OR, better yet, make Solar
S'Mores! Be sure to get parental permission.
||31. Make a nail
polish masterpiece (it's
really cool and very unique)! The website carlasonheim.com offers
interesting and thorough video tutorials for this and much more! The
site also offers online
and self-study art classes free
||32. Discover the 11 Rule of Multiplication and practice it
until you can do it in your head.
http://www.homeschool.com/Magazine/Volume01/Issue07 (p 82)
||33. Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play
ball with him, and take him for a walk. Likewise, cuddle your cat,
pet your hamster, talk to your bird, etc. Spoil your pet several
times over the summer. Turn it into a habit!
||34. Put on a show! Get together with your siblings and
friends to perform skits for the neighborhood. There are dozens of
royalty-free collections of
Pioneer Drama Service.
You can check out all of their plays and musicals
||35. Go Geocaching with your family!
||36. Build a fort. This can be in your living room – made
out of blankets, or in a tree with wood and braces. If actual
construction is involved, you will need an adult's supervision – and
depending on where you live, you might even need a building permit
or approval from a Homeowner's Association. But think how much fun
it will be!
||37. Buy several pairs of inexpensive sunglasses (think the
Dollar Store) and decorate them.
||38. Become an entrepreneur this summer! You can talk
to your parents and brainstorm ideas. The
Institute for Excellence in Writing
including the books Lemonade to Leadership and Micro Business for
||39. Visit a lighthouse! You don't have to live on the
ocean! Where else might you find a lighthouse? There are 680
lighthouses in the United States!
||40. Learn about bees and why they are so important to our
environment. Also, learn how you can protect them.
||41. Attend a week-long summer camp!
Time is spent constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered
cricket with a unique habitat and disassembling electronics using
real tools. It's perfect for 1st-6th Graders, and they have
locations nationwide. Your parents can sign you up at
(early registration discounts are available) or they can call
reinvents summer fun!
||42. Learn to skip stones. There's a science behind it.
Write a children's book
– maybe one you can share with your siblings and friends. The Easy
from EasyGrammar.com can help.
They even offer
||44. If you're being homeschooled through the summer, give it
||45. Have an old fashioned weenie roast - and make your own
mustard. There are over 100 recipes for mustard on the following
summer - learn about the sun!
(this is a free app)
||47. Learn robotics - it's a great S.T.E.A.M activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art
and Mathematics). Robots-4-U
offers fun and interesting homeschool
Dynamic Art, Drones, KIDS Battle Robots and more!) and they offer summer
Really - it's where learning and fun come together!
||48. Find out how youto take a good photograph. There's more
to it than pointing and clicking.
||49. Make (and eat) some butterflies! Yes, you read that