What Do I Do With My Kids All Summer? DIY Summer Program

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Summer time is almost here and the question on a lot of inquiring minds is “What do I do with my kids all summer?”  You have overnight summer camps or day camps… but what if that is not in your budget? Well, do it yourself!

EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. has some simple solutions for your DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Summer Program.  The key to a successful and productive summer is fun, learning and accountability.

Fun

Plan something that is fun, engaging and gets you out of the house at least once a week during the summer.  Choose a day of the week that you will designate to make it happen.

Fun activities can range from going to the local pool with friends (or by yourself), to checking out the local parks, libraries and/museums.  They are all offering something for the summer so join in the fun.

Are you stuck looking for ideas?  We have come up with a fun family activity to help you decide what you should do this summer with a game within a game.  Here’s how it works.  Print the 2018 EPIC Summer Bucket List for June game-board and play Tic-Tac-Toe as you normally would.  One person is “X” and the other “O”.  Try to get three in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  Whichever three activities are in a row at the end of the game are the three activities you will do as a family. Download the EPIC Summer Bucket List Here: https://epichomeschool.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/summerbucketlist-4.pdf

If you are in the Atlanta area join us for our EPIC Fun & Run, a free event, on June 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. .  To register go to https://epichsnfunrun.eventbrite.com

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Learning

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.  Don’t let it wither away this summer.  Learning doesn’t have to take place outside of fun.  For example, join EPIC’s Summer Read-A-Thon runs from July 9 – 20, 2018.  One of the great things about this program is that everyone can qualify for a free prize.  The more money you raise, the more prizes you get.  It’s a win-win-win! You get to help a nonprofit, have fun, and earn prizes in the process. To regsister go to https://epicreadathon.eventbrite.com

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Accountability

So you have made great plans for the summer.  How do you keep up?  How do you make sure you actually get it done?  Form an accountability group with like minded moms.  You can structure it however you want.  You can do the activities together or just call each other up at the same time every week to see how the summer plans are going.  A little accountability done consistently goes a long way!

There you have it, our 3 steps to doing it yourself this summer and bypassing the camp fees. What some fun learning activities do you have planned for the summer?

Not Back to School Party

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While everyone else is celebrating going back to school, how about we homeschoolers get together and celebrate with a Not Back to School Party.

All Homeschool Families are invited on  Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to our Not Back to School Party.  This will be held at Collar Park located at 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106.

Not Back to School Party is a chance for local homeschool families to hang out and get to meet one another while learning more about EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc.

We will bring the light snacks, you bring the fun!

This is FREE but RSVP is requested! Go to https://notbacktoschoolparty2017.eventbrite.com to register!

Free Fun in the Sun

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Are you looking for some free, fun ways to have fun in the sun this summer?

EPIC Homeschool Network has come up with a fun family activity to help you decide what you should do this summer with a game within a game.  Here’s how it works.  Print the EPIC Summer Bucket List game-board and play Tic-Tac-Toe as you normally would.  One person is “X” and the other “O”.  Try to get three in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  Whichever three activities are in a row at the end of the game are the three activities you will do as a family.

Click HERE to Download the Game-Board

Don’t let the summer pass you by without having some fun!

How to NOT Have a Boring Summer

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School is almost out for a lot of homeschoolers and traditional students and whether you homeschool year round or take the summer off, one thing you don’t want to do is have a boring summer.  You remember those summers as a kid!  I know I do.  I remember being in my home from sun up to sun down watching television all day long.   It was… boooooooring not to mention mind numbing!

So how do you overcome the pitfalls of a boring summer when you yourself are exhausted from a long school year (or might even have to work)?  Here are 5 simple steps.

 

Make a Plan

Talk with your kids (not at them) and find out what they want to do for the summer.  As you talk with them listen and negotiate as necessary around your budget of money AND time.  For example, one of my children wants to learn to swim, play the violin, learn to sew and… well after that point I kinda tuned out.  While my budget of time and money did not allow for everything she wanted to do, we made a compromise.  We will go to the pool twice a week so she can get comfortable in the water and I will teach her to swim and I will find a sewing class.

Schedule It

Unless you schedule the activities you will not execute it.  Let’s face it, it’s summer, who wants to schedule anything in the summer but this is key to not having a boring summer.  Schedule the FUN!

Be Balanced

Don’t take on more than you can chew.  There’s a reason I zoned out when my daughter kept going on and on about what she wanted to do.  Yes the days might be longer but your endurance is not so be balanced and don’t over-schedule.  Allow wiggle room, after all it is the summer.

Be Consistent

Whatever you say you’re going to do, do it.  By practicing consistency now it will help as you transition back to the school year in the fall.

Be Present

Put the phone down during your time together with your children doing whatever it is that you planned to do.  I have found that when I have my phone in my hand while doing something my kids wanted to do it was as if it never happened.  I was not really present with them so it did not really matter.  So don’t cancel your time by using your phone, tablet or other smart handheld device.

So there you have it.  Five tips on how to NOT have a boring summer.  What are some of your tips?

In our next post  we will discuss some ideas of low cost fun things you can do to not have have boring summer.  Stay tuned!!