Summer is upon us! For many homeschoolers this fact means it’s time for a break from workbooks and required reading. That said, a break from formal schooling doesn’t have to mean a pause in learning. After all, opportunities to learn are all around us; we just have to know where they are in order to take advantage of them.
If you are a homeschooling parent, you may be wondering what kinds of things you can do to ensure your children continue growing and learning throughout the summer months. The truth of the matter is, you don’t really have to do much at all. However, taking an active role in your child’s summertime learning can be great fun for all involved, so we encourage you to do so whenever possible.
Here are a few Oklahoma summer activities that are sure to spark curiosity, creativity, and many educational discussions:
Visit a Museum
From Science Museum Oklahoma in OKC to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Oklahoma has a huge assortment of incredible museums to choose from. Pick one to visit and spend some time afterward reading up on the information you find there. This will help further engage your young scholar and is sure to make the experience both more memorable and educational.
Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program
Both the Metropolitan and Pioneer library systems offer fabulous summer reading programs. Sign up for one—or both!—and watch as your young reader dives into some wonderful literature. This will help cultivate a love of reading in your young student while simultaneously adding some fun to those summer days that are simply too hot to be spent outside.
From the Wichita Mountains and Roman Nose State Park to the more local Martin Nature Center, there is a lot of beautiful nature to explore in Oklahoma. Spend your warm summer mornings exploring these outdoor spaces and cool off in the afternoon in one of our many natural lakes, rivers, or ponds.
Be sure to be observant of the lovely plants and animals you see and find the answers to any questions that may arise once you return home.
Play in the Water
There is nothing quite like splashing around in some nice, cool water on a hot summer day in Oklahoma. Offer your kids some water-based educational activities on those especially warm days and combine fun and learning.
For instance, giving your kids an assortment of supplies to make their own sailboats can be a wonderful science lesson. Additionally, it is an excellent way to encourage your little ones to put their problem-solving skills to use.
Water can also be used to study cause and effect, play measuring games, and practice writing on the sidewalk through the use of water guns or the garden hose.
Classes taught in the summer are generally offered in shorter sessions than those offered during the school year. Therefore, summer is the ideal time to try out a new activity.
For instance, the group piano classes offered on Fridays during the summer here at The Loop are perfect for anyone who wants to try piano without making a long-term commitment. Similarly, our painting, drama, guitar, drumming, violin, robotics, and improv lessons, workshops, and classes are all offered during the summer months with no long-term commitment requirement.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enhance your summer with a bit of education while still filling it with plenty of fun and games. Give some of these ideas a try and be sure to come back and let us know which ones you enjoy the most!