What do you do when you realize that the summer is just about over? You have the best homeschool summer fun you can!!!! You have heard the saying: “It ain’t over til the ….” Well, anyway, here are a few ideas that will help you have a blast with your children before the summer is over. Enjoy!!!
The purpose of this is activity is not to have your children become experts in photography (although that may someday happen). The purpose of this activity is to let them take pictures of whatever they want and then let them glue the pictures onto a few sheets of paper and then show off what they did. Remember that when you child creates something, finishing the project is only half of the fun. The REAL fun starts when they get to show other people.
You may have to give them some help with this activity. They may ask for some ideas of what to take pictures of and how to do it. I suggest that you give just enough help so that they don’t get frustrated and quit, but not so much help that it becomes your portfolio and not theirs.
Put on a Clinic
Whatever you children are good at, they can teach someone else. Maybe the only student is a little brother or sister. Or, if that is not even an option, you can be the pupil. WHAT A GREAT ROLE REVERSAL THAT WILL BE!!!
Let them teach someone how to paint, draw, play basketball, act, or sing. My oldest son helped two other boys in our neighborhood put on a three-day basketball clinic. They taught them the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting and passing. At the end they gave out awards to the 4-6 year-olds that they had been teaching.
Just a side note on service:
The more opportunities you give your children to serve others the more they will experience the importance of service in a balanced life. As our world becomes more and more focused on itself, the more it gets out of balance and we are left with people who are lonely and depressed. Well, one of the cures for that symptom is to get out and serve others.
The idea here is to let them start their own band with the caveat that they cannot use real instruments. They have to create them from every day items from the house. This is going to be loud, but they are going to love it! Have them perform their favorite song from Frozen or Lion King or Sound of Music. Do you want to build a snowman?
Research Your Family Tree
Help your children make a connection to their past and they might more clearly see their future… (Oh. I think I just came up with that. Not bad!) Anyways, there are three steps to this little research project. First, is to create and fill in a 4-generation chart. If you are not sure what those look like, here are some examples. CLICK HERE. It is very important that they are able to fill in the names of each person on the chart. That will be them, their parents, their grandparents, and their grandparents. Make some phone calls and get those blank spaces filled in. If you are not sure about names, there are some links below that will take you to some excellent family history sites where you can search for names. Next, help your children get a picture of each person on the chart. First we gave them names; now we have given them faces. Finally, we need to give your family tree some personality. Personality comes from the stories. This is the fun part of the activity. Let your children interview as many people as they can from the chart. Use SKYPE or email if you need to, but let them ask questions like:
- What kind of games did you play growing up?
- What was your favorite toy and why?
- What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
- Did you have family chores? What were they? Which was your least favorite? Where and when did you get married?
- What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
- How would you describe your spouse? What do (did) you admire most about them?
- What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
- Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
- What accomplishments were you the most proud of?
- What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
You don’t have to go spend seven days in the forest for your children to have a great time. If you live somewhere that makes camping not possible, like downtown L.A., then you can sleep in your backyard. If that still won’t work, then give your children some green paper and let them turn your living room into a forest or a jungle. Then all you have to do is throw your sleeping bag out on the floor.
There is a story of a family that spent the summer taking several extravagant trips. At the end of the summer, the father asked his oldest son, “What was your favorite part of the summer?” The father expected his boy to mention one of the trips. Instead, the son said, “My favorite part of the summer was when we slept on the trampoline and looked at the stars.”
The Most Important Thing You Can Do This Summer
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you give your children the very most important thing you can: you TIME!!!!