Last summer, a friend called to ask if I knew of any inexpensive summer camps. The cheapest summer camp she could find cost $150 per week! Aren’t you glad that we can give our children all those fun summer experiences right in our own homes?
Welcome to the Summer Camp edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!
Summer camp gives children an opportunity to escape the confines of the classroom. These posts describe the benefits of homeschooling and share ways homeschoolers can free themselves from limiting beliefs:
Cindy from Get Along Home presents Things I Can’t Get Homeschoolers to Admit – Part 4, encouraging us to fess up and admit that chores are not schoolwork.
At Association for Homeschooling, Bouwe van der Eems presents Public schools: Should parents patiently wait for the minister? – discussing the status of public schools in South Africa and the options available to parents.
Arts, Crafts, Games and The Great Outdoors
No summer camp would be complete without arts & crafts, games and outdoor activities. Add fun to your summer with the following ideas:
Vera Lang presents Newsprint Art at Fine Craft Guild, saying, “Teach fun in the sun, teach recycling, teach how to make roses, teach how to make art, teach creating handmade gifts… all in 1 home-made art project that does not cost a dime.”
And I share ideas to help you get moving and get fit in my post Moving to Win! – Get Your Groove Back, Part 4 here at Successful Homeschooling.
The 3 R’s and More
Summer is a great time to take learning outside of the box. Here are some thoughts on learning, along with creative ways to study the 3 R’s (and more!) in your summer camp:
Read Aloud Dad presents How To Travel AND Keep Your Kids Learning, saying, “Forget about batteries. Forget about electricity cords or AC adaptors. Forget about portable DVD players and electronic devices. It is time to introduce your kids to literacy-based fun that runs on some serious brain power.”
In Narration is Hard, Jimmie discusses narration problems and shares tips and resources that make narration easier. She also shares a Pilgrim’s Progress Homeschool Unit Study full of planning ideas and printable resources.
Fellowship and Fun!
The best aspects of summer camp are the fellowship and fun! Here are some thoughts on socialization, along with ideas for nurturing family relationships:
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