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Make the Most of Summer

on June 1, 2013

Here are my top three ideas to help you make the most out of your summer: field trips, nature play, and reading (for mom). The freedom of summertime is a great time to take advantage of opportunities for real life learning experiences (fieldtrips), excursions and adventures in the outdoors (nature play), and 3 months of homeschooling for mom (reading). Before fall comes and we all have to get back to the grind of school and more rigid routines for a whole 9 months, let’s make the most of our summer!

Go on Field Trips

  • Museums (get free passes from the Contra Costa Library to over 40 places, including the zoo)
  • Fruit picking (cherries are ready now!)
  • Visit a dairy farm such as Organic Pastures Raw Milk in Fresno
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Moaning Cavern
  • The Beach (Natural Bridge State Beach in Santa Cruz has nearby tide pools to explore)
  • Water Parks (Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville, Sprayground in Pleasant Hill Park, Meadow Homes Spray Park in Concord, Blue Goose Park in Brentwood)
  • Roaring Camp Train Ride and The Mystery Spot (Santa Cruz)
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Transit field trip (ride bart, take a trolley, stroll over a walking bridge)
  • Ardenwood Historic Farms
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Go to a children’s theatre performance and/or concert
  • Visit an Animal Shelter
  • Go to the Dump (Noah would love this)

Play in Nature

50 things kids should do before they are 11 ¾

The National Trust (UK) launched a campaign to encourage sofa-bound youth to venture out into the big outdoors, compiling a bucket-list of 50 things kids should do before they are 11 ¾.

The bucket list is can be found on the website

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers
11. Throw some snow
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream
15. Go sledging
16. Bury someone in the sand
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
25. Make a grass trumpet
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Get behind a waterfall
30. Feed a bird from your hand
31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals
35. Discover what’s in a pond
36. Call an owl
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
38. Bring up a butterfly
39. Catch a crab
40. Go on a nature walk at night
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go wild swimming
43. Go rafting
44. Light a fire without matches
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try bouldering
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Try abseiling
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river

Read Some Good Books

Charlotte Mason’s 6 Volume Series

Homeschooling and parenting booklists (just check a bunch of books out from the library, peruse them all, and then select one that draws you in):

Christian Home Educators Association of California Booklist

Homeschool Association of California Booklist

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (free online)

Also, don’t forget you can do some online audio learning through CHEA convention workshops:

Christian Home Educators Association of California Workshops

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss

For some motivation to get reading, please read or re-read my post Calling All Parents to Read!

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So what are you doing this summer?
Any suggestions to add to our list?
We would love to hear what your plans and field trip ideas are!

I wish you a blissful summer!

Family Camping Trip on Mount Diablo


Juniper Trail Hike


Our Yearbooks Arrived!


Sharpie Tye Dye T-Shirts Were Really Fun to Make!


A Letter From Our Operation Christmas Child Arrived Just in Time for Our Last Day of School!


At the Nature Park with Our Brave Friend Landon


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