As Unschoolers in a sense, we have always taken a relaxed approach to our studies. Our schedule is dictated by life – travel and special events. We thereby homeschool year round and enjoy the ebb and flow.
Last year, as summer approached, I made up a bucket list of activities in which we wanted to take part. We checked off most of what we had listed and fell short in others.
We wanted to make 2014 a summer to remember. Here are a few ways we plan to keep summer sizzling’ in 2014.
Lake Days & Campouts
We didn’t spend as much time at the lake as we had wanted to last year. We’ve vowed to change that. We’ve connected with several new homeschooling families so we look forward to joining them as often as possible.
We will be taking part in a couple of education workshops this summer and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to connect with other homeschool families.
- Art of Rhetoric: Cultivating the Conversation – A parent workshop or practicum through Classical Conversations designed to help home educators utilize the art of rhetoric effectively.
- Logically Speaking (Ages 9-14) – Students will learn the basics of logic through problem solving, critical thinking games, and some interesting mysteries to solve!
Roots & Shoots
- Turning Learners into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education – Free and open to everyone, this course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign using the new Roots & Shoots program model.
The most exciting event this summer is heritage camp. The kids have wanted to go ever since we joined the Sons of Norway lodge but as it is a two-week, overnight camp, we wanted to wait until my youngest was old enough so they could go together.
Attending camp means the kids will not be able to swim at Junior Olympics even though they may have qualifying times. We discussed the conflict during a family meeting and the kids made the decision on their own. It made me very proud.
National Moth Week
We took part in National Moth Week last year and really enjoyed it. This year, I am hoping to coordinate an outing for the homeschoolers in our area. With a BBQ beforehand, it should be a lot of fun.
How About You?
What plans do you have for your summer? What are some ways you keep summer sizzlin’ while also keeping focus on academics?