Hands-On Summer Homeschooling

 

Are you ready to take a summer break in your homeschool or do you homeschool year round? We’re year-round homeschoolers, but mainly because I firmly believe that learning is happening all the time — it’s a way of life! Whether you “formally” school through the summer or just take a laid back approach, summer offers tons of opportunities for hand-on learning fun. We’re going to be featuring fun summer learning activities all next week, so be sure to sign up for our email list so you don’t miss a post!

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Hands-On Summer Homeschooling Resources

How do you make summer learning stick? Stickers!

Get your kiddos interactively learning timely subjects this summer. I like these sets because they’re fun, BPA free, washable, and won’t chip my paint…though it’s seen better days!

Read on for Six Sticker Sets to Make Summer Learning Stick:

US Government

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As we honor Memorial Day and look forward to 4th of July, now is a great time to learn about the US Government and honor our history. Your kiddos could also be learning about the presidential election process for the first time this year, and this is a useful primer for questions that may come up.

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United States Geography

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Summer is a time for family visits, road trips, vacations and staycations. I love this set because we can point out where we’ve been, where we’re going, and where friends and relatives are visiting from – all while memorizing the US! It’s also great little brain teaser for the entire family.

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World Geography

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This set is a great way to get your little ones thinking outside of the sandbox! I like doing themed weeks where we focus on a geographic region of the world, then explore the region’s culture (and foods!). The world map is a great jumping off point for math, too, for example: How many miles away is France? What is the distance between our house and the Statue of Liberty?

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Habitats

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Summertime also means more time outdoors. These are a great supplement to any camping, swimming, and hiking your family will do this season. If you’re at the pool, you can discuss the difference between fresh water and the ocean habitats, and why each are important to our ecosystem.

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Solar System

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Whether your little ones light up at the sound of shooting stars or Star Wars, our solar system can capture their imaginations! I love this sticker set for summer because we have clear nights to experience what we learn, and then recap the next day. This can also be combined with outdoor and nighttime safety learning by using the sun and north star to orient cardinal directions.

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Mini Sets!

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There are also 6 different Mini Sets you can get for traveling and in the car, plane or train – from math to the solar system to time and money! These are a great addition to keep the little ones learning while you’re on the go.

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Stock Up on Non-Sticker Summer Learning

If wall stickers aren’t your cup of tea, you can probably find some great tools at Educents this weekend and take advantage of the Free Shipping!

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What kind of summer homeschooling do you have planned?

 

Sara (150 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschooling Entrepreneurs

 

We all know that homeschoolers are “out of the box” thinkers. It’s just a part of choosing a path other than traditional public school. What is becoming more clear in current trends is that the individualist thinking we need for homeschooling extends to choosing careers as well. More and more homeschoolers are starting their own businesses and becoming successful entrepreneurs.

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Homeschooling Entrepreneurs

My 14-year-old daughter is planning to start her own home-based business so I’ve been researching resources for entrepreneurs. Here are some that I have found:

Homeschool Entrepreneur lists 101 ideas for possible businesses, as well as helpful articles on the topic of homeschooling entrepreneurs.

Teen Business is a website that shares ideas and feature stories about teen entrepreneurs.

Another helpful book:

Micro Business for Teens

Carol Topp has written a series on this topic, which was also produced for television by PBS. I highly recommend using her course if your teen is interested in starting his or her own business. Carol holds a BS in Engineering from Purdue University and is also a CPA. Beyond that, she was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. I love to hear stories like that! The titles in the series include:

Starting a Micro Business

Running a Micro Business

Money and Taxes in a Micro Business

Micro Business for Teens Workbook

How to Start Your Own Business

My daughter is going through the workbook How to Start Your own Business by Kate Tietje. Kate is also a homeschooling mom and author of Unschooling from Birth to Early Elementary, as well as several cookbooks and the blog Modern Alternative Mama.

How to Start Your Own Business

It’s a printable workbook to walk your kids through the steps of starting their own business, from naming it to creating a business plan and costs and taxes.

How to Start Your Own Business

 

How to Start Your Own Business

It also includes a parent’s guide so you can help your kids along the way as they complete the workbook.

Although I’m in denial about how fast the time has gone as my daughter reaches high school, I’m so proud of her initiative and independence as she makes her plans. She has a very bright future ahead of her!

Are you homeschooling a future entrepreneur? Are you prepared to encourage them and give them the tools they need to succeed?

 

 

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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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A Closer Look at Handwriting and Copywork

 

Guest post by Gale of Imaginative Homeschool.

 

Copywork can help kids practice correct spelling and letter formation while getting exposed to great quotes and useful information. Precisely for these reasons, I’m picky about the fonts used in the copywork I give my kids. At least in this stage of our educational journey I want copywork and tracing work to mimic the style of lettering my child is learning in their regular handwriting lessons. I figure I’m not alone in this.

A Closer Look at Handwriting and Copywork in your homeschool with a comparison of resources available in the Build Your Bundle sale. hsbapost.com

So for that reason, when I was checking out the Build Your Bundle homeschool sale, I paid special attention to what font was used in the various copywork offerings there. Sometimes that info wasn’t easy to find. In many cases I had to visit the publishers’ websites or even contact the author to find out what style of lettering was used. To save others this hassle, I wanted to share what I found while you can benefit from the huge savings available through the Build Your Bundle sale.

Below you’ll find a list of the copywork and tracing work resources from this year’s Build Your Bundle sale organized by lettering type.

Regular Manuscript (ball and stick)

This is the most common text style used in early educational materials. The simple shapes make it easier for some children to learn, but writing some of the letters this way requires taking your pencil off the page, which can slow down writing later. Also, it can be more difficult to transition to handwriting from this type of font than some others.

BallAndStickManuscript copywork

Ball and Stick Manuscript

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes D’Nealian and Cursive

Color Through Ancient History – $6.44 Value – (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Also available in cursive (3 styles), and HWT.

Horse Copywork – $3.00 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes D’Nealian and Cursive

Preschool Fun Pack – $5.47 Value – (Early Learning Bundle)

Summer Learning Activity Pack – $7.97 Value – (Early Learning Bundle)

Women’s History Collection – $4.47 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle)
-The Women’s History Coloring Book and Women of the Bible Coloring book have traceables in Manuscript. The Women’s History Notebooking has some pages that COULD be used for copywork in a typical textbook font (not manuscript…see picture under TEXTBOOK below).

 

Write Through the Bible: Philippians (Manuscript, ESV) – $10.00 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

HWT Printing

HWT (Handwriting Without Tears) style font is similar to manuscript, but the lowercase a,b,g, q and to some extent the p and d are different, allowing children to form the letters without taking their pencils off the page. It is usually upright but some of these use a slightly Italic version of this.

Handwriting without Tears copywork

Handwriting without Tears

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Slightly italic form. Also available in 3 styles of Cursive and Manuscript

Anne of Green Gables Copywork Set– $5.98 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle, Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

D’Nealian (Printing)

This style falls somewhere in between HWT printing and traditional cursive. Letters are slanted and many have curved “tails.” Lowercase a, b, g, q, p and d are otherwise formed similarly to HWT. The letter k contains a loop. The transition from D’Nealian to handwriting is usually easier than with other fonts, and is sometimes introduced in between teaching manuscript printing and handwriting.

DNealian copywork

D’Nealian

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)

ASL Handwriting Unit – $5.00 Value (Early Learning Bundle)

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value – (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and Cursive

Cursive

Some people prefer to teach cursive BEFORE printing and some don’t teach cursive at all. It has been dropped from many public schools, but it has advantages (such as the speed of writing that comes from not needing to lift your pencil from the page between letters). While there are various styles of cursive, unfortunately I’m not very familiar with them all so I only mention the type of cursive if the product description specified which one was used.

cursive font copywork

Cursive

Armor of God Copywork – $7.99 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and D’Nealian

God’s Alphabet in Cursive – $16.00 Value (Elementary #1 Bundle)

Handwriting Lessons Through Literature: The Story Book of Science – $15.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
– Available in three styles of cursive (slant, verticle, italic), as well as Manuscript and HWT

Missionary Copywork Collection– $8.97 Value (Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle)
– Also includes Manuscript and D’Nealian

Super Hero Cursive Set – $3.50 Value (Early Learning Bundle)

Textbook Fonts

There are various font styles used in printed books which have letters (like the a and g pictured) which I’ve never seen anyone attempt to write. There is no curriculum that I know of that teaches kids how to write like this (save maybe books on how to do calligraphy or graphic design)…but they will need to know how to read it. While copywork with these fonts may not be as beneficial for teaching letter formation, it’s still useful for other purposes such as helping with memorization and learning about the topic of the copied text.

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Textbook

Women’s History Collection – $4.47 Value – (Brother & Sister Bundle)
– The Women’s History Notebooking has some pages that COULD be used for copywork in a typical textbook font. The Women’s History Coloring Book and Women of the Bible Coloring book’s traceables are in Manuscript.

Philippians in 28 Weeks – $18.95 Value (Character Bundle)

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Intermediate Language Lessons Part 1 – $10.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
Intermediate Language Lessons Part 2 – $10.00 Value (Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle)
I asked about what font is used for the copywork included in this curriculum. The publisher said that “In those language arts books, the copywork is simply text (poems, etc.) and then blank lines for the child to copy the selection. That way you can have them use just print or they can write in cursive if they are able.” I’m guessing this is probably a typical textbook font, but don’t know for certain.
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With handwriting becoming a lost art, one way that homeschoolers can encourage fine motor skills and an appreciation for literature and historical documents, as well as the Bible, is to use copywork on a regular basis.

Do you use copywork in your homeschool? What handwriting style do you prefer?

 

 

ImaginativeHomeschoolGale is a wife and mother to three boys, one of them homeschooled. Her blog is named Imaginative Homeschool after her imaginative homeschooler, and she believes make-believe and play can be powerful tools for learning. She also blogs about life as a blended homeschool-public school family, and will soon be starting a series on HWT lettering resources, and another on Story of the World lesson ideas. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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