Only 1 1/2 more weeks and the 2012-2013 school year will be in the rear-view mirror. Hard to believe! But as is the case with all of life's great journeys...when one ends, the next one begins. And for us, as we say goodbye to "official" learning, we welcome summer and the education that only comes with experiences, adventures, and good-old-fashioned family fun!
Like in year's past, I have put together a list...a bucket list, if you will...of all our "hopes and dreams" for the summer ahead. We do not GLUE ourselves to this list. But rather, use it as a "suggestion". Because, in truth, some of the best adventures are the ones that just HAPPEN!
All that to say, my purpose for making a summer bucket list is to hold myself accountable to making our days count! Too often, I see/read about a great summer activity, but because I don't PURPOSE to make it happen, it DOESN'T. For me, a plan...or a list...helps to ensure we ACTUALLY do all the meaningful things we would like to do as a family.
But, I digress...
Here's our 2013 Summer Bucket List!
"New to us" Adventures
- Make rock candy.
- Have a paper airplane race at a park.
- Make mini volcanos with baking soda.
- Play Pooh Sticks. (We've actually done this before, but my oldest kids were really young and don't remember doing it.)
- Make a giant bubble wand and homemade bubbles.
- Make campfire donuts.
- Plant a "Back to Eden" raised garden.
- Host a 3-day backyard Bible club for neighborhood kids.
- Make grilled banana boats.
- Make marshmallow shooters and have a marshmallow "war" in the yard.
- Play camping bingo.
- Make and use homemade sidewalk chalk.
Annual Favorites/Everyday Fun
- Go camping. (We've never ventured farther than the backyard since adding babies 3-5. This year, we're heading out of town to a state park! Could be interestin'...)
- Take an egg carton nature scavenger hunt.
- Have a campfire with S'mores.
- Go to the beach.
- Enter several homeschool projects in the county fair.
- Visit each local park at least once.
- Take a family bike ride...or many!
- Visit a splash pad.
- Go strawberry picking and make homemade jam.
- Go fishing.
- Go to two summer festivals in our area.
- Go to a zoo in the neighboring town. (This year it's their 100th anniversary, so there will be many extra happenings.)
- Visit a farmer's market.
- Make a frog terrarium.
Summer Long Adventures
- Learn together with an annual summer-long science project - (Although I haven't completely decided, I'm kinda' leaning towards a flower study with our new flower press. But check back with me after I've run it by THE BOYS.)
- Take a pause each day for discovery quiet time.
- Play T-ball. (for the oldest two boys)
- Play basketball at basketball camp. (for Sweetie Pea)
- Participate in the library book club.
- Host an annual summer girls club with Sweetie Pea.
Do you make a Summer Bucket List? I'd love to know what's on it!
For more summer bucket list ideas, be sure to check out the growing list of LISTS from the ladies of iHomeschoolNetwork.