Rebecca's Ponderings

May 11, 2011

“Whatcha dooooin’?”

Filed under: Home Education — Rebecca @ 10:59 am
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About a month ago we discovered that Netflix now has several seasons of Disney’s “Phineas & Ferb” available for streaming. As a result, our family has developed an affinity for these seemingly ordinary kids who accomplish incredible things over their summer vacation. Then, I received an email from entitled “101 Things To Do This Summer.” The list was filled with classic summer activities, reading suggestions, and resources to combat summer boredom. The seeds were planted; I was inspired.

I shared the idea with the kids one morning at breakfast. They loved the idea. We liked the list but decided to tweak it and personalize it with some goals we had already discussed, like the Rube Goldberg contraption and learning Russian. Besides, I never follow a recipe or curriculum to the letter. Why would this be any different? Haha! A few friends asked me to share our family’s list. So, here is:

“The Freedom Academy Summer Boredom-inator!”

-Hike up a mountain
-Camp out for at least two nights
-Read five books about Russia
-Make finger jello
-Read five books about cheetahs
-Make a croquet set and play croquet
-Build a bird house
-Read “The Summer of My German Soldier”
-Build a bat house
-Have a water gun fight
-Bake a cake and decorate it
-Build a pirate ship
-Hand-write one letter per week
-Build a Rube Goldberg contraption, one section per week (like mousetrap or domino rally)
-Play frisbee
-Visit the local botanical gardens at least three times
-Grow tomatoes
-Learn five Russian words per week
-Have an unplugged day
-Build a frame to hang my hammock chair
-Create driveway masterpieces in chalk
-Learn three jump rope tricks
-Go to a museum
-Read five books about gardening
-Create three origami pieces
-Read five books about ancient China
-Have a board-game day
-Watch at least three fireworks displays
-Go to the zoo
-Memorize one Bible verse per week
-Make ice cream
-Play hopscotch
-Participate in our local library’s summer reading program
-Build a teepee
-Make three pieces of jewelry
-Make three figures out of clay
-Eat watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest
-Put cards in the spokes of bicycle wheels
-Make Popsicles
-Complete one drawing lesson per week
-Learn three old-fashioned outdoor games
-Read “The Light In the Forest”
-Paint a picture
-Go canoeing
-Go to a Memorial Day Parade
-Make bubble mix and blow giant bubbles

“As you can see, there’s a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts this fall…” To keep us on target, I created a spreadsheet where we can list the scheduled date, accomplished date, and notes for each activity. I also created a weekly agenda so the kids can schedule the activities. The more they take ownership of it, the less like school it will be. (Shhhhh….. Don’t tell the kids that I will be counting much of it as school work.) You can download my forms here.

Feel free to use our list and to check as inspiration for your own Summer Boredom-inator. You are also welcome to share this post with your friends via Facebook or email (see the buttons below). If you do create a list, please post a comment with some of your ideas or share a link to your blog. I know there are a lot of families looking for frugal, creative fun this summer. I look forward to making this the best summer ever!


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