Carolinas Student Travel Connection

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Carolinas Student Travel Connection is a non-profit regional partnership of five visitor bureaus that promotes student travel to the Central Carolinas Region surrounding the Charlotte, NC area. The partnership provides FREE on-line assistance to sort and plan student and family trips based on curriculum and geographic locations. With over 240 student-friendly destinations and hotel partners, planning group travel couldn’t be easier.

Dee Tadlock

DEE TADLOCK earned a Ph.D. in reading education in 1978. She has taught reading at every level from elementary school through graduate school and has also worked with adult literacy in community college, community-based, and workforce programs. Tadlock holds adjunct faculty status at Central Washington University and has been published in several professional journals including Journal of Reading, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Psychology, and Adult Literacy & Basic Education.

Read Right

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Ground-breaking RTI for all aspects of reading (Grades 3-12) verified to be highly effective for comprehension by independent gold-standard research rated highly by the National Center on RTI.

Art at Home

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Art at Home, LLC is an Art Services Company that provides a wide variety of art lessons and projects taught by experienced artists to homeschoolers in the comfort of their homes or community centers.

Make Summer Learning Happen!

Make Summer Learning Happen

It is summertime for most of us. The books are closed, and summer break is here! As homeschoolers, we have luxury of understanding that learning can happen anytime, even during the summer. But, what does summer learning look like? Whatever you want it too! There are many ways to let the learning continue throughout the summer.

Science

Let your children explore your backyard, or park if you don’t have a back yard. Let them find things in nature, like twigs, rocks, bugs, flowers or whatever else they find that is interesting. They can gather their items in a bucket or jar and take them home. Let them identify what they found, study it, and let it go back into nature.

Stay up late one night and watch the stars. See if you can find the big dipper or another constellation. Talk about the stars and why you can see them some nights and not others.

Art

There is a fantastic program I found recently called Easy Peasy Homeschool. It is a free comprehensive homeschool curriculum and it is all online. They offer a once a week art lesson that my kids have really enjoyed!

Another good art idea for summer is to have a smorgasbord day. Gather all the art materials you have in your home and let the kids have a free day! See what kind of amazing creations they make J

Take your kids for a walk and let them gather a large rock. Bring it home and paint it. They can make an animal, a person, or another item of their choosing. Just make sure they wash it first!

Reading

Summer reading programs are in full force. Check your local library to see what they offer. Bookstores like Barnes and Noble also tend to offer summer reading programs throughout the summer. If you’re looking for book recommendations check out my Pinterest board for some great books!

History

With 4th of July coming up it is a great time to learn about American History. Check out some books from the library about our founding fathers. Another great resource for American History is Liberty Kids. You can get the complete series for a reasonable price on Amazon.

Talk about your local state history, and visit an area near you that you have never been to before. There are probably untapped resources within an hour or two from your home.

There are many ways to keep learning happening throughout the summer. Learning does not have to happen just during the school year, or only with a textbook. Summer learning can happen any time you want! Just make sure the kiddos don’t realize they are learning while having fun :)

Author: Misty Bailey

Misty is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling for over 4 years. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.