Fun Ways Homeschoolers can use the Summer to Educate

The school holidays can be a time of rest from the grind of schooling and this need be no different.  However, the summer offers you some excellent learning opportunities that do not need to be hard work and can in fact be fun. 

The summer is a great period of the year to spend time together as a family, visit attractions and participating in activities.  These are all ideal learning opportunities that the whole family can gain from.  Here are some ideas of learning opportunities that are available during the summer for homeschoolers.

The exact nature of the activities that you choose to do will depend on many factors including the age of the children, topics that are relevant to their current studies and your personal activity preferences as a family.  However, the improvements in the weather during summer can open up a wider range of possibilities for potential activities.

A number of different topics can be covered by a simple nature walk.  This can be a pleasant activity for the whole family and can open up discussions about wildlife, plants, biology, the environment and the weather.  Samples of leaves can be collected and added to a scrapbook to add notes to later.  This can also be the basis of an interesting art topic if you take a few sketchpads along on the walk with you. 

A trip to a local historical attraction can also be an excellent learning situation.  Dependant upon the specific attraction that you visit, possible topics that can be covered can be history, architecture, art, religion, engineering and technology.  Most attractions like this offer a guided tour and printed information that can help with topics for later discussion and projects at home.  Artistic activities such as taking rubbings and photographs are other possible activities.

Finally, a trip to a local wildlife park or zoo can also have educational benefits.  The most obvious aspect of learning that can be undertaken here is finding out about the animals, their natural habitats, different species and their feeding and mating habits. 

However, this is also an ideal situation to consider geography related topics and matters relating to conservation and environmental issues. As with historical attractions, there are likely to be staff available to offer information either on guided tours, talks at feeding time or generally situated about the park.  You will also find additional useful information near the animal enclosures and on printed educational materials.