Summertime

We like to learn all year round, but what that learning looks like often changes with the seasons.  Summertime in the Pacific Northwest is a great time for getting outdoors and exploring.  I like to include the whole family in the plan making.  Here are our hopes for the summer:

Start a Nature Club- The boys want to include some friends in their explorations of the green spaces around our neighborhood.  We'll keep nature journals and learn about identifying plants and tracking animals.  We'll also learn about what we can do to keep our environment clean, beautiful, and safe for animals.

Exploring the greenbelt with cousins.

Exploring the greenbelt with cousins.

Learn the Summer Constellations- We will draw the summer constellations in our science notebooks and learn the stories behind their names. We'll get the old telescope set up so we can identify them ourselves. (Youngest wants to invite his friends to come learn all about space with him too.)

The lunar eclipse we stayed up to see last September.

The lunar eclipse we stayed up to see last September.

Art- We'll continue learning about great artists and we'll get some friends together for an art club where we practice using different mediums. 

Our versions of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night we made last year.

Our versions of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night we made last year.

Take A Trip Around The World- We'll join the Read The World Summer Book Club where we'll read our way around the world.  We'll also try new foods and make crafts. (Jamie C. Martin at simplehomeschool.net and Sarah Mackenzie at amongstlovelythings.com are co-hosting this club. Go check it out!)

Our African art pieces from the fall.

Our African art pieces from the fall.

The rest of our list includes adventures like going to the waterpark, visiting the Reptile Zoo, catching some new movies at the theater, watching movies on the big screen in the backyard, visiting the Farmers Market, playing at the lake, going to the beach, and camping.

Playing at the beach on the Puget Sound.

Playing at the beach on the Puget Sound.

Happy Summer!

-Mary

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