Sunday, September 18, 2016

5 Summer Activities For The Home School Family

5 Summer Activities For The Home-school Family
Written by Amanda Hawkins

     Recently my husband and sister and I went to the Indianapolis zoo, and we had a lot of fun! It inspired me to write this short post about fun and educational things you can do with your family this summer.
     I believe that big extravagant things are overrated, and it's the small stuff that really matters, especially with family activities. 
      If you want to cherish your time with your kids, I would suggest some of these family oriented, stimulating experiences for you and your children, that you will actually enjoy too! These ideas are perfect for home-school parents planning field trips, and your curriculum. I am a firm believer that there can be a learning experience from nearly everything. Hopefully these few ideas will bring a fresh outlook to your summer curriculum planning.

1. The Zoo.
     Kids have so much fun at the zoo, and there are learning opportunities around every corner! Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Bring along notes about each animal and you can teach your children about them. It's a learning experience, and if you pay a little extra money, some zoos will allow you to feed the animals. How exciting it would be for your child to be able to feed a Dolphin or a Giraffe! That is something they will remember.

2. Camping.
     Camping is a great thing to experience with your family, even if it's just in your backyard, and especially when it's done right: tents, a campfire, S'mores, music, and funny stories. And in the morning, eggs and ham and percolated coffee on the fire or camp stove for breakfast. 
     Depending on their age, you can teach your kids how to turn a stick into a skewer for hot dogs, or how to stoke the fire, or how to pitch a tent. Another great learning experience, and it's fun for everyone! 

3. Hiking.
     For only a few dollars you can pay admission for a car load to enter a state park and go hiking on their trails. Take a map from the office at the park and look for the shorter trails so that it's easier on your kids. 
     Pack water, some carrots, celery, fruit, your camera, your bible, a book about edible plants in the area, and whatever else you think you might need.
     Along the way you can teach your kids about the plant life, and watch for animals. When you take a snack break you can discuss what you've seen, tell your kids about how God made all of the wonderful things that you seen, and read a scripture of your choice from the bible to get your kids involved spiritually with God and the world around them.

4. Picnic.
     A picnic is a timeless family tradition. Involve your children in making the food for the picnic, and packing the basket. Take your picnic to a nice secluded meadow or hill, or take it to the park under a pavilion. It's your choice. Bring along a kite or Frisbee to play with after you eat. It's great for family time and exercise. 

5. Fishing.
     Fishing can be great for your kids to learn how to be self sufficient and to appreciate the things that they have to work for. Teach your children the value of the animals' lives, and the fact that God gave the fish for us to eat, to be thankful for it. It teaches your kids basic survival skills as well. 
     Whether your fishing style is on a boat or on land, the kids will enjoy. They may become easily bored, so make sure you pack extra things for them to do when they are tired of fishing, and maybe take the family to McDonald's for ice cream afterwards.

       So that's the list! Just a short post this week. I hope that you and your family have fun on your summer adventures.

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