Originally Sent: 6/19/2014

HSLDA's Toddlers to Tweens Newsletter

June 19, 2014


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Summertime … and
the Learnin’ is Easy

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Vicki Bentley helps HSLDA members homeschool children in preschool through 8th grade. She and her husband homeschooled 17 children and led a support group of over 250 families. Read more >>

Summer is here! Maybe you want to take a break from your homeschool routine, but you’d like the children to continue using skills they have been learning. Or possibly you homeschool year-around, but you hope to relax a bit during the summer months while still maintaining an atmosphere of learning. Or … maybe you just want to play a little! Here are a few ideas to kick-start your summer ….

Summer Road Trips—Long or Short

Making a road trip part of your summer plan? Check out our “summer travel” newsletter.

  • For more tips, travel games, and other ideas to make travel more enjoyable and educational, read “Aaand … We’re Off!”
  • Read how this mom packs for a week’s vacation in a carry-on bag!
  • It doesn’t have to be a week-long vacation—even a day trip can be a great learning and leisure experience. Looking for fun activities for your state? Family Days Out lists fantastic, family-friendly suggestions for each state—for all ages.
  • If you are inviting another family or two along, a few field trip guidelines can help your planning go smoothly.

Be sure to build in some play-outside-and-move-around time: “Why Children Fidget (And What We Can Do About It)” by Angela Hanscom

Kids in the Garden (and the Kitchen)

My friend Faith remembers helping in the garden during the summer, then pitching in with the canning. Looking back, she realizes she was continuing her studies, but in the context of real-life learning. Be sure to check out our Kids in the Kitchen newsletter, then consider these kids-in-the-kitchen ideas for the summer:

Family Memories

Make some family memories! Whether it’s a road trip, beach days, fishing, an amusement park visit, a family reunion, or just laid-back days of reading on a blanket under a tree, your child will remember time spent with family.

In our family, some of our best memories are of the wackiest events … including our annual Fourth of July hat-making contest. Young and old, relatives and guests are provided with lots of raw materials from which to craft patriotic hats. We gather on the lawn as our contest runway, and sing God Bless America (to the amusement of our neighbors) as the votes are tallied for:

  • Tallest Hat
  • Most Creative Hat
  • Best All-Around Hat (literally-360-degree view)
  • Tackiest Hat
  • Most Patriotic Hat
  • Most Elaborate Hat
  • Prettiest Hat
  • And Write-In (such as Cutest Hat on a 7-month-old)
Above: A few of the braver family members pose in their July Fourth hats. Below: The best all-around hat and one of the youngest hat-makers.

Whatever you do this summer, remember that learning still happens in the context of everyday family living—so enjoy that family time!


Vicki Bentley
HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens Consultant

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