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For those of you that do not homeschool over the summer, what are your plans for your children to keep them from getting bored? We have taken a family vacation every year ever since I can remember, but this year will be a bit different. With our finances the way that they are this year, there is just no way that we can do it. Summer camps are out of the question also. So, if any of you moms could give me some inexpensive ideas to keep my girls busy and happy, I would really appreciate it.
Do you have nature centers near you? Do a google search, they usually have free admission. Also, museums are fun, and usually pretty inexpensive. Maybe do a different one a week?
Do a search for attractions in your state. Just because you cant afford vacation, doesnt mean you cant 'get out of town'. Look for cheap or free attractions in your state....and maybe make a 'mini day vacation' out of it once a month.
Like here in Michigan, we have LOTS of light houses. To go on a tour, its usually 4$ a person, plus gas to get there. So a day trip would run about 40$ for 4 of us. Stuff like that! Pack a lunch in a cooler, and stop at a park for lunch before or after the attraction.
That way they can still learn, and have fun. Plus it will give them things to look forward to durring the summer.
I've got my niece and nephew coming for overnights for a set of three weeks, a set of two weeks, and either one or two more weeks beyond that. One of those weeks they'll be going to our church's (FREE!) Vacation Bible School. The other weeks we'll go to the beach, ride bikes, play with sidewalk chalk and bubbles, go to baseball games, go for walks at the local state parks, and go to the library... and read a lot! I actually kinda volunteered to have them the whole summer, but I think they know I was kidding... I hope?!?! LOL. Anyway, we'll be having lots of fun, and I hope they'll learn some things along the way. At least they won't be stuck at their school's summer day-camp thing every day all summer!
We do things like library visits, library summer reading program (they have free events related to this), trips to parks, lots of hiking through the woods, beach and pool trips, zoos, etc....
But those are special occasion type things, not every day activites. The rest of the time we just stay home and the kids play outside or work on craft or art projects, listen to music, make music, etc.. I do not feel it's my responsibility to keep them entertained. Kids need to know how to entertain themselves. And if they get bored, there are plenty of chores for them to do. ;-)
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
DD will be going to vacation Bible school, maybe swim lessons or horseback ridding lessons (dh will know if he gets layed-off on this next round on June 5th), we will go swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's house, the library's summer reading program and just hanging out at home. I will be using the summer months for chore training (again!!!) so I'll make sure she stays busy;)
We should also have baby chicks soon so that will keep her busy (none of the kittens lived, though she usually has those in the summer to play with too).
Shannon (32 years old) ~ Married to dh (for 12 years) ~ Mom to dd (10 years old)
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Two of my friends who don't homeschool are really creative in keeping their kids busy without much expense. One takes her kids to free or very low cost places 4-5 days a week through the summer months. They've gone everywhere in the past from a free museum to the park to the river. She's amazing at finding stuff around her area to do. The other does a "summer camp" for her kids. It's too expensive to send them to summer camp so she brings it to them. She plans activities, goes swimming or roller skating one day, etc. They have a lot fun at it.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
We have never done a vacation ( till georgia) so filling our days is a constant thing... we go to the library, parks, nature centers, hiking.. if you have a GPS go geocaching.. there are so many things to do.. in our local paper they list the activities daily..so I can pick things from there.. we will in the heart of the cultural center ( shakespeare and company,jacob's pillow, herman melville's home etc)..so irf I look there is always things to do!
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
Thanks so much for all the great ideas ladies. These are all really gonna come in handy over the summer break. We are going to our first swimming party of the season today and our lessons are not over for another 3 weeks! Not sure what I was worried about. Our summer break is already off to a great start!
We really enjoy doing the library summer reading program. There is also a day camp in town sponsored by the community center that is free. You may check with your local community center and see if they offer anything free over the summer.
Bryce does camps, visits with his dad, a visit to the beach with his grandmother and granddaddy, and so on. We try to do something fun with Scotty during these times as well since it is tough to see big bro doing so much while he sits at home.
P.S. We do school for an hour in the mornings too!
We're spending every possible minute of the day outside (short warm season here). The books will still be here come winter time.
I did order some caterpillars for our little butterfly farm, it'll be fun to learn about animals with an hands-on approach with DD this summer.
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