Fun Weekly Summer School Ideas
Starting June first of 2016, we will be having a weekly summer school idea extravaganza. If you are not part of our Facebook group, you will want to join us as soon as possible. During each week there will be a weekly challenge for you and your family to complete. Then each family can post pictures of how they completed the challenge, use words to describe their adventures or even post videos of all the fun things that you have learned during the week or a video explaining how to do the challenge the way that you did.
I know that this will be a fun way to keep all of our families learning and sharing ideas with one another. I know that if you are like me, it is so easy to just forget all about school in the summer and just have fun. But, what if we could learn and have fun all at the same time?? Wouldn’t that be the BEST SUMMER EVER!!
Well here is our line-up of fun challenges to complete each week this summer:
- Please feel free to complete the tasks that suite your family’s needs.
6/5 – 6/11: Butterflies – Let’s save the Monarch Butterflies. The Monarch Butterfly population has declined by more than 90% in the past few years. Go to the Butterfly Heroes website, to receive your free butterfly garden starter kit. Here are some cool butterfly activities: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/butterflies. Please take pictures of your family planting their butterfly garden together and post them on our Homeschool Women of God Facebook group.
6/12 – 6/18: Plants – This week go for a nature walk and take as many pictures of different plants as you can. Then you can post your photos onto the Homeschooling Women of God Facebook page asking people to help you to identify each plant. Or, you can label each picture with the name of the plant, so that everyone can learn the name of the plants as well.
6/19 – 6/25: Clouds – This week take time to relax in the grass and gaze at the clouds. Remember to take pictures of your favorite clouds. Then upload your photos onto the Facebook page. Label each picture what object you think that it looks like and also the name of the cloud, if you know it. Here is a video to help you and your child(ren) learn about the different types of clouds: http://www.teachertube.com/video/cloud-types-137031. If you do not know what type of cloud it is, ask other people to help you label them from the Facebook group. If you have pictures of your butterfly garden coming up, please take pictures and share them with us.
6/26 – 7/2: Airplanes – Using whatever materials you have lying around your house to make an airplane. Let each child explore what works best to make their airplane fly farther. Don’t forget to have a lot of tape on hand. Allow them to measure how far their airplane has flown each time. For older kids you could have them graph the distance of their airplane during each flight attempt. You could also have them use a stop watch to see how long the airplane stayed in the air. If you need more help with airplane ideas checkout this website: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp? id=1508. Please take pictures and share your experience with us on our Facebook group.
7/3 – 7/9: Rocks – As you are out on walks this week have your child be on the look out for rocks that look different, or let them collect whatever rocks that they like. Then take a picture of the rocks and post them on our Facebook group. You can label each picture with what type of rock it is or you can ask others in our group to help you figure out what kind of rock it is. Here is a video to help everyone learn about the three different types of rocks.
7/10 – 7/16: Chemistry – There are a lot of ways that chemistry plays an important role in our lives everyday. Try to come up with different ways that certain chemicals react with each other. It could be how yeast makes bread rise, or how baking soda and vinegar bubble up. Take pictures of what happens when you mix certain chemicals together. Here are some more chemical reaction ideas.Then post your pictures on our Facebook group. If you have them time tell us how you and family made the chemical reaction happen.
7/17 – 7/23: Painting – Let your child(ren) paint this week. Let them paint on all different types of materials: rocks, wood, paper, leaves, flowers, etc. Let them use different types of paints as well if you can. Please post pictures of their beautiful artwork on our Facebook group.
7/24 – 7/30: Recipes – This week make your favorite recipe together or try to make a new recipe. Take photos and post them on our Facebook group. Then add the recipe and directions to your photos. I can not wait to try some of the wonderful recipes that I know we will get.
7/31 – 8/6: Egg Challenge – This week have each child create an egg holder that will allow them to drop the egg from at least 10 feet in the air without it breaking. If you need more instructions check out the egg challenge PDF. Please post pictures of your egg contraptions along with how high your egg was able to with stand being dropped from without breaking, on our Facebook group. Come on let’s see some amazing inventions that push the height limit to its’ maximum.
8/7 – 8/13: Recycling Challenge – How much waste do we produce a year? That is something that I want you to think about this week. Are there ways that we can cut down on the amount of waste that we produce? Maybe, you could start a recycling bin, repurpose older stuff in the house, start a compost bin, rain water collection barrel, turn things off that use electricity more often, etc. There are so many ways that we could help our earth. Let’s start to make a difference today. Please post pictures of how your family recycled this week along with an explanation.
8/14 – 8/20: Homemade Things to Play With – This week is pretty open. Do you have recipe for homemade playdough that you love to make. Or how about slime, bubbles, paint, chalk, etc. Please post your recipe and how to make it on our Facebook group. If you get time try to post a photo of you and your child(ren) making the recipe together. Maybe, even a photo of your children playing with your homemade item. Have fun and learn new ways to make homemade things to play with at home.
8/21 – 8/27: Changes in Matter – There are three states of matter: gases, liquids and solids. Here is a good video to watch with your kid(s) to help them understand the three states of matter. https://youtu.be/C33WdI64FiY Now here is the fun part, let’s make some food where states of matter change. Homemade ice cream in a bag – it goes from a liquid to a solid and tastes amazing. Make homemade butter – it goes from a liquid to to a solid. Vinegar and Baking soda – solid to a gas, you will want to do this experiment outside. Lollipop Lab – goes from a solid to a liquid. Please take pictures of the food experiments that you did this week and post them on our Facebook Group.
- Thank you for joining us on our fun summer adventures. May we continue to have more adventures together. To make sure that you do not miss any other fun ideas on this website please make sure that you subscribe to this website, right now.