Get access to our homeschool planner and more! Sign Up

Keep Your Child’s Brain Busy This Summer


This post is from our contributing sponsor Time4Learning.

Looking for a curriculum your kids will like?
An online homeschool curriculum can open new doors by creating an interactive learning experience that brings concepts to life.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts
Homeschooling should be fun.
With Time4Learning, it can be!

The last thing many children want over the summer is school work. It’s natural, they’ve just finished up a whole school year and feel tired. Keeping them busy learning falls on your shoulders — but you’re certainly not alone. New and veteran homeschooling parents have been creating different ways to keep their children motivated for years.

Keep Your Child's Brain Busy This Summer With These Fun Activities

So, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are many things that will stimulate your child’s imagination and keep their brain focused. For example, one homeschooling mom told me that her biggest ally during the summer months is the outdoors. She and a few other homeschooling friends have turned their local parks, and even their own yards, into outdoor classrooms!

A Garden is a Wealth of Knowledge

Planting a garden may seem mundane, but if you break down the parts that go into creating a living space, you might be surprised. Children can track the growth of plants and flowers — and even create charts that measure their growth. A simple Google search will provide you with the charts. But there’s much more, children can:

  • Dissect plants
  • Increase their vocabulary by learning about the parts of a flower. For example: petal, stem, and pistil.
  • Create a garden log
  • Observe and record the different insects that make the garden home.
  • Grow their own food and help create recipes for eating cucumber, tomatoes, and more.

Creating a garden not only keeps your child’s brain active, it provides skill building in math, science, and vocabulary. It also exercises their bodies as well. And all this learning happens outside — beyond the ordinary classroom.

Laptop Learning

Many children already own a laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you or your child have one, use it as an educational tool this summer. Because laptops are portable, your child can bring it to the park, on field trips, or on vacation and continue learning as you travel.

The best online programs are used during the summer to sharpen your children’s skills, retain what they’ve learned, catch up on topics they haven’t learned yet, and get a head start on next year’s studies. Most online programs offer:

  • Interactive, multimedia lessons to teach standards-based curricula.
  • Different grade levels in different subjects for each child.
  • Access to a grade above and below in each subject, allowing them to review or move ahead at will.
  • Alternative explanations, so if a student answers a question incorrectly, the activity explains it in a different way.
  • Automated systems that grade lessons and track the progress making record keeping simple.
  • Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support.
  • Entirely web-based programs, with nothing additional to purchase.
  • Affordable membership.

Online learning brings the world to your child. If they don’t know the meaning of a word, they can look it up, if a concept confuses them, they can do an online search, or even YouTube for a video explanation with your supervision. The computer has become an integral part of life. Take advantage and your children will experience engaging lessons, immediate feedback, and individual online learning lessons that fit your child’s needs.

Summer Field Trips

As you’re wrapping up the homeschool year, take a few moments and jot down some interesting field trip ideas. The ideas are nearly endless. There are the usual field trips such as visiting the local museum, park, or zoo. But if you really focus, you may come up with some different ideas that will fascinate your children. For example, try visiting local businesses, such as a bakery, bank, jewelry repair store, or pet store. Coordinate your trip first with a manager so your children get the proper attention.

Another cool trip that parents and children enjoy is visiting a local TV station. You get the behind the scenes action, learn how scripts are created for TV personalities, and how the weather is predicted through the use of radar and other high tech equipment.

Make the World Your Classroom

Leaving the home and experiencing real-world events and activities will expand your children’s knowledge. It also gives them insight on how people make a living and how they contribute everyday, not only to their employer but also their community. So, keep your child’s brain busy this summer by enjoying what’s waiting for you outside the classroom!

Online Education Contributor is an award-winning, comprehensive curriculum for PreK-12 that makes learning effective and engaging through animated lessons and activities. Over the last 12years, Time4Learning has helped over 500,000 homeschooling families with its flexible and engaging curriculum that also grades lessons, tracks progress, and keeps reports. Time4Learning is now offering online foreign language courses for members. Choose from English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Latin, Italian, Japanese, or Russian.

Read Next Post
Read Previous Post

TheHomeSchoolMom may be compensated for any of the links in this post through sponsorships, paid ads, free or discounted products, or affiliate links. Local resource listings are for information purposes only and do not imply endorsement. Always use due diligence when choosing resources, and please verify location and time with the organizer if applicable. Suggestions and advice on are for general information purposes only and should never be considered as specific to any individual situation, nor are they a diagnosis or treatment advice for any kind of medical, developmental, or psychological condition. Blog posts represent the views of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of other contributors or the publisher. Full terms of use and disclosure

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.