FREE Summer Learning Ideas and Resources

Published:
May 3, 2021

Sarah Shelton

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Can you believe that Summer is almost here? Some homeschoolers school year round and school throughout the summer. Others take an entire summer off, and some do a light summer school. Regardless of which one you choose you will love these FREE Summer Learning Ideas and Resources to keep your schooling fun this summer.

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Summer can be a great time of family fun, messy play, pool, lakes, beaches, water games and lots of free time. The free time is a tough one for a stay at home mom.

It is easy to get relaxed during the summer and let your kids play video games, and watch tv all day long. Don’t get me wrong, we all do it, and it can be a much needed break.

I prefer to keep my kids learning during the summer, but not doing a full homeschool day. Luckily, there are many fun, learning activities that will keep your kids active and not just stuck in front of a screen all day. These summer learning ideas will create some great summer memories for you and your children.

I have fond memories of summer time with popsicles, homemade slip and slides and hours under the sprinkler. You can do all of these while still sneaking in some learning.

These FREE Summer Learning Ideas and Resources will keep your kids learning while having fun at the same time.

These FREE Summer STEM Projects will help remedy the summer slide and keep your kids learning. 

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Celebrate Summer with a Photo Scavenger Hunt.

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Prevent the Summer Slide

Summer Slide is a real thing. This is when children actually lose 20 – 25% of what they have learned the previous year. This is especially prevalent in elementary grades. To prevent this we need to keep some kind of light learning going on through the summer. 

This can be accomplished by daily reading time, and math flash cards or some fun math worksheets. There are other fun activities you can do as well.

If your library has a summer reading program that is a great way for your kids to track what they are reading. If your library isn’t participating in a program this year, there may be virtual ones available or you can create your own.

Reading and Writing Summer Activities:

Summer Reading BingoMothers Niche

Summer Reading Log Printables and Activities –  My Frugal Adventures

Build Your Vocabulary Words with a Summer World Jar What We Do All Day

Summer Reading Challenge PrintablesSchooltime Snippets

Printable Summer Reading GameThe Chickabug Blog

Summer Writing Prompts123 Homeschool 4 Me

Summer Reading and Writing Fun PackIn All You Do

This Summer Reading & Writing Fun Pack is a fun printable companion just in time for summer. It includes 7 pages of reading and writing activities. Inside you\'ll find a reading log, reading lists for ages 4-12, a simple book report form and a summer writing prompt list!

Math Summer Activities:

Summer Play Dough Counting MatsKindergarten Worksheets and Games

Outdoor Math GamesCreative Family Fun

Summer Problem of the Day Math CalendarsMath Geek Mama

Preschool Ice Cream Theme Summer Math PrintablesFun A Day

Summer I Spy Game and Count ItMoritz Fine Designs

Lemonade Stand Math and Copywork PackYear Round Homeschooling

Summer Math MenusJillian Starr Teaching

Printable Lego Math Challenge CardsMy Joy Filled Life

Summer Math Games and Math Challenges123 Homeschool 4 Me

More Summer Lesson Plans and Activity Calendars:

Your little ones will love these Fun Summer Lesson Plans for PreschoolLife Over Cs. 

20 plus Summer Theme Lesson Plans with four different printable craft examples

Summer Kindness Calendar for KidsCoffee Cups and Crayons

Activity a Day Summer CalendarsTools to Grow 

Summer Tracing Pages –  Planes and Balloons

100 Summer Unit Study IdeasTinas Dynamic Homeschool Plus

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