Summer provides us with so many learning opportunities. Not only am I excited for summer time holiday fun, I’m excited for what I like to call “Hidden Learning”. Hidden learning is quite simply regular learning, but the kids don’t even know it’s happening. I don’t announce: “For school today, blah blah, blah” or any such nonsense. I just whip out the activity, load them in the car, or gather the friends and relatives!
One summer, A colleague of mine needed to preview a local museum for a field trip she was planning. Rather than go alone, she invited our family to join her. Disguised as a way to help my friend, we drove into Los Angeles and had a day FULL of learning.
Other summers we like to invite over our friends and family who are on break for a week of what we call “Camp Crabtree”. During this week we all work together to put on a backyard theater production. We use dress up clothes for costumes, or complete simple sewing projects. Creating art projects and props, memorizing lines and always, always lots of fun are on the “lesson plans”. Friday evening, all the families are invited to our production!
Don’t ignore the summer holidays
I always felt bad for kids who had summer birthdays. They didn’t get cool classroom parties like those of us with birthdays during the school year. You can celebrate – but not ON or near your birthday. In the same way I feel bad for the summer holidays!
School may be out officially, but if you have been including holidays as part of your curriculum, there are summer holidays you won’t want to miss. I had the pleasure of participating in the Homeschool Summer Fun Guest Blogging Event hosted by Blessed Homeschool and the topic of my post is: 5 Unique Ideas to Beat Summer Boredom.
Head over when you get the opportunity and check out my GUEST POST. You’ll see how easy it is to avoid summer boredom by planning ahead. I also go into detail about some of my FAVORITE summer holidays and get access to the freebies I designed to go along with them!
Ways to celebrate in June
Coming up in June you have the opportunity to Celebrate Bingo Day! June 27th you can use your own bingo game, go online and make a custom game with a bingo game generator or use The FREE Oreo Cookie Bingo available as a special download on THIS POST. Bingo became popular after Edwin S. Lowe began making bingo boards in the early 1930s. They were modeled after a game he saw being played at a carnival in Atlanta called BEANO.
Camera Day is June 29th. This is a wonderful opportunity to plan a family picture, or even just a photo opportunity of the kids. Photography also has a rich history your older learners may like to explore. Using a camera is likely what most kids would enjoy most, so why not plan a photo scavenger hunt. You can take any of the hunts from our Scavenger Hunt Mega Pack and add the element, that in order to get points, you must take a picture of the item. We also have a FREE Photo Scavenger hunt available HERE
July Fun for everyone!
July starts off with a great holiday all about the history of Postage Stamps in the US. We have a complete blog post about it HERE called the STUDY OF STAMPS and POSTAL HISTORY. You can read about the first Postmaster General as well as how the post office was reclassified as the Post Office Department. Learn all the ins and outs of Stamps and when and why they were first used in our complete resource: HISTORY OF US POSTAGE RATES. If you’d like a fast Freebie to celebrate the day you can download our Design A Postage Stamp Template.
Many of our common household items are things we take for granted. One of the original designs for the Tape Measure in the 1820s sold for $17.00 at the time. In today’s dollars, that’s about $300. That’s a chunk of change for the convenience of carrying around a measuring tool! Celebrate Tape Measure Day on July 14th by recording all the ways your kids “measure up” using our Homeschool Summer Fun freebie available HERE
August Summer time holiday fun!
Celebrate the end of summer holidays in August with Waffle Day. Playing with your food will create original works of art when you follow our step by step tutorial for waffle painting. I hope you have some waffles to eat at some point too! August 24th, Waffle Day, is actually when the waffle iron was invented! I won’t tell if you just pop some frozen waffles in the toaster though!
I hope you find this collection of Summer Holidays useful – you can find more by using our CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS page! There is even a downloadable calendar for you with all available Homeschool Holiday Curriculum!
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