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!

Need some fun ideas for summer homeschooling? Check out the hands-on summer homeschooling series at hsbapost.com

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 (149 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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Making it Work — Homeschool and Work

 

Many families include two incomes: Dad’s and Mom’s. In the ever increasingly expensive world that we live in, it is sometimes unavoidable. There are also couples that decide that they just like to have both parents work. But how does this look when the family is also homeschooling? How do they homeschool and work?

Do you work while homeschooling? Here are some encouraging tips to help! hsbapost.com

One of my first stops on the Google was to see what others say are habits necessary for success. There are a lot of results! Here are a few of the ‘top’ habits of successful people.

  • Get up early.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Visualize/plan the next day the day before.
  • Don’t get distracted by what others are doing.
  • Read inspiring books.
  • Don’t multitask.
  • Make time for… (yes, make time)
  • Keep going!

(Here’s a page that gives 50 habits of highly successful people. I don’t agree with or endorse all that is listed there but you’ll get some good ideas nonetheless.)

When you look at that short list (or the rather long list linked), how are you doing in these areas? Is each morning a struggle to get up with the alarm clock? Forget about ‘early’!

Do you find that breakfast is skipped, and maybe even lunch too? Who has the time! Is each day helter-skelter and chaotic? Who knows what’s going to happen today?

The short list I made is great for helping us get on track to what we want and need to be doing to be successful in having a home where one or both parents work, and they homeschool their kids. Let’s think about some other ways to make this a success.

Prioritize.

Absolutely imperative. If you do not designate some tasks as higher or lower importance, you will always feel you are faltering. And you most likely will be in reality. Some things in this world are not important enough to take large chunks of our time that could be spent doing what matters most. This seems like a no-brainer, but it is something that many struggle with on a daily basis.

Is it priority for your family that Dad teach certain subjects (or that certain subjects are taught at all)? Is it priority that your kids participate in a homeschool co-op? Is family-time a priority, or is making a promotion or getting that next big contract the priority? Is it a priority that math is focused on more than history? Priorities will determine the choices we make in our families.

Try the 80/20 rule. For example, if you have 10 tasks for the day, make two the highest priority. Ask yourself, “If I have to work overtime/unexpectedly this week, which two tasks must be accomplished?” I think this goes along perfect with the habit of planning for each day the day before. While you can (and should) create long-term planning, this short-term planning will keep you focused on your priorities.

Make Time for…

There is so much to do in this life! Too much to do. When both parents work and homeschool, the pull in multiple directions is even worse than those who are not in this situation. There are only 24-hours in a day but the number of obligations, not to mention the activities that you want to participate in, seems to ever-increasing. With the number of homeschoolers increasing, the attempts to make more programs and get-togethers has also increased.

But what I’m thinking of in terms of ‘make time for’ is not these activities or the obligations. The obligations will be a priority, at the top of the list, with other things planned around them. No. Not those.

Make time for… yourself. Make time for… your family. Make time for… quiet. Make time for… doing nothing

Whoa! Doing nothing? Yes.

There is the ever-present “fear of missing out” that seems to be rampant in homeschool circles (well, let’s face it: It’s not just the homeschool world!). But by trying to do it all you are really missing out. You’re stretching yourself, and possibly your kids, too thin. You don’t have adequate time to enjoy, reflect, really experience and benefit from the many many activities.

Stay the Course

Okay, that is just a rewording of Keep Going! This is something that successful people do all the time. It doesn’t matter what they are attempting to be successful at, but they don’t quit. If you know what you want, and you’ve prioritized, you can do this homeschool while working thing. You just have to do it.

One way to be able to keep going with the challenges presented by both parents working and homeschooling is to be creative. It may require juggling. It may require recruiting outside help, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, and etc. to pick up the tasks that you simply cannot do.

The challenges of having family is hard enough but add in both working parents AND homeschooling, now you have a recipe for challenge-overload. You might need to readjust work schedules multiple times. You may find that school isn’t done like you’d like it for, well, let’s just say too long.

You will want to quit. Your kids will want to quit. People will tell you to quit.

Don’t quit!

You can be successful at homeschooling while both parents work. It just takes determination and a good plan.

If you do have it “all together” with your homeschool and work situation (even if you don’t!), feel free to share with us some of your tips for making it work.

North Laurel (36 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel's Musings.


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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.

Are you homeschooling a future entrepreneur? Check out these must-have resources for ideas. hsbapost.com

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?

 

 

Sara (149 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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