For most children, summer means no school, vacation time! For our family, summer usually meant staying indoors more, due to the Alabama heat, and for some reason this often led to an increase in more formal learning than our usual unschooling days. For example, we would spend more time together reading subjects of interest. It was always nice of J.K. Rowling to release her newest Harry Potter tomes in early summer so that we could have a good time reading those aloud. Board games and card games would get used more, as would our library card for audio books and videos. Occasionally we would even resort to a workbook or two, trying to improve some handwriting skills or maybe even math skills.
How does your family spend the summer? Do you take a vacation from schooling? Do you plan activities to keep your children busy? If so, here are some resources and activities your family might find enjoyable this summer, both indoors and out of doors!
- Weather: Always a Hot Topic
Explore weather and how it affects our lives in these days of global weather changes. Cloud formation, air temperature, wind speed, humidity, precipitation; meteorology often fascinates children of all ages.
- Investigating Thermometers and Temperature
Explore thermometers and temperature and engage in hands-on activities this summer. Discover air currents (convection) within your house. Investigate conduction and the properties of insulation. Graph your results to see if patterns emerge.