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Updated August 28, 2012
Keep your children learning this summer with these fun lessons and activities:
- Internet4Classrooms Summer Learning -Free daily and weekly summer learning fun. Sign up to receive fun activities, links to great learning games, and other educational resources that will help you get ready for the school year. Grades Pre-K to 12.
- Sylvan Learning Summer Fun and Learning Guide -Fun activities for children in grades K-12. Activites include: Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk, Plant a Mystery Garden, Become a Reporter, Develop Your Own Weather Report and more. You might also be interested in Sylvan’s Family Fun Brochure, Math Booklet and Writing Journal. All resources are in PDF format and require filling out an information form to download.
- Thinkfinity Summer Learning -A collection of links to fun activities and educational resources created by some of the nation’s leading educational organizations. Includes hands-on and online science activities, math games, reading and writing activities, American history theme units and much more.
- Summer Travel: Education of the Road -Fun activities and lessons for students in grades 3-12 to turn their summer vacation into a learning experience.
- Summer Learning Across the USA -A 10 page excerpt from the workbook “Learning Across the USA”. Includes several states that have popular spots to visit especially during the summer. Each sheet includes space for students to fill in information they learn about each state. Older students can do independent research to find the answers. There is an answer key at the back, which can be used to teach the facts to younger students. Free this week from CurrClick.
- Backpack Buddies -2 free pdf downloads from Ohio State University:
Fun Summer Time Activities and Games consists of 12 activities for students in the 1st grade.
- Just Read, Families! -Free summer reading resources from the Florida Dept. of Education include a K-5 Summer Activities Calendar, a Middle School Activities Calendar -both with a month’s worth of daily activities- and a Summer Reading Activities Kit (PDF) with creative ideas for fun summer reading you and your children can do together while on vacation, at home, or on the road.
- Hot Activities for Celebrating Summer! -A collection of 7 summertime lessons for reinforcing summer safety rules, visiting some great vacation spots, building a roller coaster and more. Grades K-12.
- 101 Nature Activities -Activities and lessons created and collected from teachers, outdoor educators and the staff of Sanborn Western Camps to help children deepen their awareness and enjoyment of the natural world. Activities include nature scavenger hunts, nighttime activities, sensory awareness activities, games, hikes and much more. PDF download.
- Kidsgardening Parents’ Primer -Online guide for “taking advantage of gardening moments with your kids every week in your own backyard … and front yard and in the garage and at the windowsill and in the basement …. Turn your kids’ questions into fun discoveries and get garden-building basics too.” Be sure to check out Family Gardening Ideas for fun activities for each season of the year, and School Gardening for gardening curriculum; classroom projects; lessons and activities; and greenhouse guide and activities.
- Camping: A Complete Unit Study -Turn your camping trip into an educational experience with this fun camping unit. Includes activities for math, science and nature; reading list, vocabulary words and writing suggestions.
And don’t forget your public library! Most libraries have some sort of summer reading program for children and/or teens and include any or all of the following:
- reading contests
- writing contests
- hands-on activities
Plus, your library’s summer reading program is usually free!Happy teaching,
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Here are a few free ebooks with craft and cooking ideas for Fathers Day:
Father’s Day Crafts -FaveCrafts newest ebook with 10 different craft projects for Father’s Day.
Father’s Day Breakfast Safe For Kids To Make -a step-by-step picture ebook of recipes for children to make for Dad.
Father’s Day Fun -activities, gift ideas, children’s crafts and recipes to make this Father’s Day a day to remember.
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Be sure and stop by Homeschool Freebie of the Day each day this week -they’ve got a couple of classic books full of fun projects and things to do for boys and girls plus more Peter Wheat comics.
Help your children become self-sufficient and start their own business with today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:
Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs Video -Today we are featuring this great talk by Cameron Herold who shares some of his own experiences growing up as a “different” entrepreneurial kid — and then sharing why/how you should help your kids develop their own entrepreneurial skills. There’s loads of tips, examples, and helpful information here for homeschool families, though this was not an address specifically for a homeschooling audience.
Earning And Learning: 101 Ways for Your Young People to Earn an Income (PDF ebook) -Lots of young people would like to earn their own money, but aren’t sure how to go about it. You’ll get all sorts of creative ideas and inspiration in this unique “idea book” — a collection of profiles of kids with their own businesses, business, service and product ideas, common sense tips, and suggestions for young entrepreneurs, from pre-teen to young adult.
If you haven’t signed up to the Heads Up! mailing list at Homeschool Freebie of the Day, I highly encourage you to do so. You will get an email each Monday listing all the free resources for the week plus an extra subscriber’s only freebie. Sign up today and don’t miss out!
For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.
Summer Crafts for Kids is the newest free ebook from FaveCrafts.com and includes 22 fun projects. Your children will have hours of fun making animal crafts, homemade toys, wearables, papercrafts and so much more –a great resource for a rainy day!
More free ebooks from FaveCrafts:
Happy first day of 2009!
I have to apologize, I said I would post some freebies yesterday but instead I’ve been helping my mom get a website going. She has a business and really needed her own site instead of a Blogspot blog.
Anyways, here is some free and fun software for your desktop.
Free Physics Application
I have this really neat educational software called Phun. What is Phun?
“Phun is an educational, entertaining and somewhat (!) addictive piece of software for playing around in a 2D physics sandbox in a cartoony fashion. Phun has deep gameplay, where you combine problem solving with creativity and artistry, and therefore Phun is both educational and entertaining, and much enjoyed by children as well as adults.” Please Note: Phun is no longer available, it was a testing version of Algodoo.*
*Algodoo is much more developed than Phun, with more tools and even lesson plans for teachers. Algodoo comes in three versions -Play Free, Physics -for $3.99, and Algodoo for Education -for $37.99.
My children love this! Download it and give it a try.
Would you like some little mechanical creatures crawling around your desktop?
“Binary toys presents a collection of interactive windowless virtual toys made up of springs, muscles, and masses.”
This is another favorite of my children.
It’s time to play, with Souptoys!
“Souptoys are a collection of more than sixty toys that you can play with directly on your computer desktop. Build intricate castles, create fantastic contraptions, decorate your desktop, design your own puzzles or just fling the toys around – they’re your toys, play with them how you want to.”
There are also user-created toysets that can be downloaded. A lot of fun!
Desktop Lava Lamp
Get a little Lava Lamp for your computer desktop.
Doodle on your desktop!
“Desktop Graffitist is a small program that enables you to spray paint
your desktop, and anything else that might appear on screen. DG is
designed for recreation and creativity, and can be used to relieve
office stress and boredom.”
I don’t have this one but it looks neat, my children would have a heyday with it!Have a great year,