Summer Camp at Home 2012: 10 weeks of activities for kids
Last year, my sons and I had a blast all summer with our Summer Camp at Home. Each week, we focused on a different theme and used that theme to learn and have fun. We took day trips, had play dates and read lots of library books (with plenty of free, unstructured play as well as quiet time).
Well, Summer Camp at Home is back by popular demand! (Update: Below is a list of links to each week of ideas. Please click away!)
(OK, maybe it was just three people … and two of them live with me….)
This year again, I wanted to have a game plan going into summer and have come up with a new Summer Camp at Home. Having this, well, dossier ahead of time is my weapon against boredom and a summer spent in front of a screen. It will help me manage our time as a family as well as help the kids, who will keep learning through the summer even though they will be having fun while doing it.
Want to join us?
For 10 weeks, we are going to develop fine motor skills, learn math and science basics, improve language skills and sharpen social and leadership skills through imaginative play. Or if you look at it from the kids’ angle, we are going to play and have so much fun! There will be at least one day trip every week, crafts, cooking healthy snacks and making music! We will play with friends. We will build memories.
Here is the plan.
Starting Friday, June 9, I will post the upcoming week’s flight plan. There will be ideas and links, and a list of suggested books or supplies.
The idea isn’t to be stuck doing every activity or reading every book. Each week’s plan will just be a good jumping-off point for more ideas, or fun, or learning. If we find an activity doesn’t seem to grab our attention or jibe with the family dynamic, we can scratch it from the list.
So this works if you’re a go-with-the-flow mom or an organize-to-the-detail mom.
I’ll also give you ideas to customize the activities to younger or older children.
Here are the 10 themes for this year’s Summer Camp at Home:
1. June 11 — Wildlife Explorers
2. June 18 — Legends and Castles and Dragons, Oh My!
3. June 25 — Treasure Sailors
4. July 2 — America, the Beautiful
5. July 9 — The Earth
6. July 16 — Trains!
7. July 23 — Up in the Air
8. July 30 — Small World
9. August 6 — Ocean Wonders
10. August 13 — Building and Creating
(Feel free to search for “summer camp at home” on this site to see what we did last year.)
If you are doing Summer Camp at Home too, feel free to add your ideas or tips in a comment.