Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

Got Summer Plans?

on May 26, 2015

So what are you up to this summer? More school to finish up that curriculum? Or 3 months of lazing around? 🙂 I enjoy that summertime offers more freedom than ever for homeschoolers (even continuing on with studies is exercising freedom of choice). I love summer as a break from the norm, and so I make sure we do as little “school” as possible. Although we still do plenty of free reading and enough skills review so that our brains don’t turn to mush by next September, summer fun is a top priority!!! Learning still happens, but it takes on a new form as we get out of the house a lot more, and our summer learning emphasis becomes the “world as our classroom.” We especially make sure to live it up in the outdoors so that our souls are satisfied and delighted with a bounty of wonderful summertime nature experiences before being required to settle back into the indoor school routine in fall. So here are some of the things we like to do in summer!

Field trips, nature play, and reading (for mom)! The freedom of summertime not only provides opportunities for real life learning experiences through various fieldtrips and lots of outdoor adventures, but also gives mom 3 months of personal reading time, or you could say, professional development time. I hope some of my plans will help you in planning to make the most of your summer too!

Go on Field Trips

  • Museums (get free passes from the Contra Costa Library to over 40 places, including the zoo)
  • Fruit picking in Brentwood
  • Nature Hikes at regional parks: Tilden, Redwood Regional Park, Sibley Volcanic Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Preserve, Sunol Regional Wilderness
  • Butterfly Garden at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont
  • Mine tour at Black Diamond Mines in Antioch (age 7 and up)
  • Dairy farm, Organic Pastures Raw Milk in Fresno
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Moaning Cavern
  • The Beach (Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz has nearby tide pools to explore)
  • Lake Anza at Tilden
  • 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)
  • Amtrack ride to Old Sacramento
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Fairyland
  • Transit field trip (ride bart, take a trolley, stroll over a walking bridge)
  • Ardenwood Historic Farms
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (or reserve free tickets in September for fall homeschool days)
  • Go to a children’s theater performance and/or concert
  • Visit an Animal Shelter
  • Tour a Recycling Center

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 www.50things.org.uk.

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 Homeschool 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

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Have a wonderful summer!

Tadpole Time at Round Valley Creek

Tadpole Time at Round Valley Creek

Baby Center

Baby Center

So in Love with Bunny

So in Love with Bunny

Our Tadpoles

Our Tadpoles

Noah Reads Daniel the Baby Bible

Noah is Enthusiastic to Read Daniel the Baby Bible

Pysanky Easter Egg Decorating

Pysanky Easter Egg Decorating

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Lilies for Easter

Lilies for Easter

Easter Day

Easter Day

Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt

Love Noah's Poppies

Love Noah’s Poppies

Running Laps Every Morning

Running Laps Every Morning

Faith Adores Noah

Faith Adores Noah and Loves to Skooch Close at Devotions

Hiking TIme

Hiking Time

So Proud of Her Big Tadpole Catch

So Proud of Her Big Tadpole Catch

Beautiful Meadow

Beautiful Meadow

Love for Baby Doll

Love for Baby Doll

Tadpole Turning Frog

Tadpole Turning Frog

A Terrarium for Frog (Who is actually a Toad)

A Terrarium for Frog (Who is actually a Toad)

Cute Sheep Crafft at Ardenwood Farm's  Sheep Shearing Day

Cute Sheep Craft at Ardenwood Farm’s Sheep Shearing Day

Finally Made Raith's Corn Husk Doll

Finally Made Faith’s Corn Husk Doll

Hot Guy

Hot Guy

Nice Writing Faith!

Nice Writing Faith!

Ideas to Chew on for Copywork

Ideas to Chew on for Copywork

Making Books Together

Making Books Together

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Our Garden only Consists of Strawberries This Year

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Typical day of Math for Noah

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On a Big Boy Swing

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My New Reader Following Along in His Hymn Book (with Lamb)

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Kids Feeding Our Chickens

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Cutie Pie

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Working on His Climbing Wall

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Counting by 2’s

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Look at That Duck Mommy!

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100th Day Party Activities (on March 17th)

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Getting Fit While Counting to 100 with Jack Hartman

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Couldn’t Wait to Fill Her Gumball Machine

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A Colorful 100th Day Snack

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Trip to Tahoe to Play in the Snow at the End of March

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