Are you hoping for some simple ideas to incorporate into your homeschooling this August?
After the novelty of the beginning of summer has worn off, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. With the arrival of August, you might still be in summer mode, or you might be preparing to begin a new homeschooling year.
When outdoor and water activities have been (at least somewhat) exhausted, what are other enjoyable pastimes that can help beat the heat?
Activities that will require very little effort on your part (Woo-Hoo!) but still keep the “Mom, I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!” complaints to a minimum.
How about embracing CURIOSITY this August!?
Whether your family homeschools year-round or takes the summer off, the following suggestions offer simple and hot-weather-friendly ideas for diving into curiosity.
Quick Note: For my friends in the southern hemisphere, I realize this is your winter. So feel free to bookmark this post and return to it during warmer days.
Here are 5 simple ways to let curiosity enhance your August homeschooling:
1. have fun with puzzles
I happen to think that puzzles are one of the most underrated activities.
They offer an ideal way to beat the heat and can be done by all ages.
There are so many options for toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids. And for older kids and adults, I highly recommend Dowdle puzzles. Our family is a tad obsessed with these!
Whether you’re opting for puzzles to be done independently during a quiet time, or working on something as a group effort, put on some background music, grab something refreshing to drink, and get going on a puzzle.
Spend some time enjoying puzzles.
2. “National book lovers day” – August 9th
Did you know that August 9th is National Book Lovers Day?
For bookworms like me, this is VERY exciting! What a great excuse to prioritize reading the day away!
Ways to celebrate:
- Stop, drop, and read!
- Visit your local public library or go online and request some books to be put on hold.
- Have a simple poetry tea time where you read aloud and enjoy snacks and tea (or another favorite drink).
- Discuss your favorite books as a family.
Enjoy National Book Lovers Day by immersing yourself in all things books!
3. national lazy day – august 10th
National Lazy Day!?!
Oh, be still my heart.
I absolutely LOVE that the day right after National Book Lovers Day is National Lazy Day!
I’m going to suggest that to the best of your ability, you keep things as low-key and LAZY as possible.
Ways to celebrate:
- Sleep in
- Stay in your pajamas
- Continue reading as you did on August 9th for National Book Lovers Day
- Work on that puzzle you started
- Order take-out
If for some reason you miss the specific dates for National Books Lovers Day and National Lazy Day, no biggie. Declare whichever days work best for you as the holidays to observe and enjoy.
Enjoy lounging, resting, and enjoying yourself on National Lazy Day.
4. create a new music playlist
What are some of your favorite songs?
The songs that lift your spirits when you’re down or make you want to dance around your kitchen? Music that inspires you and immediately puts you in a good mood?
Why not make a new music playlist with some of these songs?
Then encourage each of your family members to do the same.
Songs to dance to, cook to, clean to, drive to, create to… the possibilities for playlists are endless!
5. brainstorm ideas for the upcoming school year
Gather around the kitchen table or lounge in the living room, grab some snacks and beverages of choice, and chat with your children about their ideas and hopes for the upcoming school year.
What are some field trip ideas that excite them?
What books are they interested in reading?
Which friends do they want to prioritize spending time with?
Any documentaries or movies that complement any subjects you’ll be covering?
How about specific events or extracurricular activities?
Are there any specific skills they are eager to learn?
As you’re chatting, note all of the ideas that arise.
And don’t forget to include YOUR ideas too! It’s SO important that you factor your interests, goals, hopes, and dreams into the equation too!
In summary, here are five fun ways to celebrate August:
- “National Book Lover’s Day” on August 9th
- “Lazy Day” on August 10th
- New music playlist
- Brainstorm ideas for the upcoming school year
And make sure you check out the following blog posts to help you with homeschooling throughout the entire year:
- January Homeschooling
- February Homeschooling
- March Homeschooling
- April Homeschooling
- May Homeschooling
- June Homeschooling
- July Homeschooling
- Septemeber Homeschooling
- October Homeschooling
- November Homeschooling
- December Homeschooling
I’m confident that you’ll find lots of encouragement and inspiration in each of these posts!
Do you have any other fun suggestions for embracing curiosity this August? If so, let me know in the comments below!
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