This is a collaborative post
Summer holidays time is a bit of a tricky time for me, as a home educator. Whilst it’s great to take a break from some of our groups, its also frustrating that usual haunts are much busier than usual (understandably). We tend to avoid the museums and the such as we can visit those pretty much any time and prefer to do so when it’s much quieter.
This summer we will be taking time to revisit some favourite outdoor spaces, enjoying the outdoors and looking for adventures. We are fortunate to have some wonderful outdoor spaces on our doorstep, from the local canal network to woodland walks and lakes and reservoirs to explore.
Here are some ways we will be getting outdoors this summer
I always find that if I am armed with scooters then the older two will travel much further, Emma will start to grumble ater she’s been walking a little while. Having the scooters means that the older two can take off whilst Harry and I follow along behind. Emma is keen to get a set of Heelys UK, but I’m not sure she’s quite got the balance for them yet – she’s been transfixed by them after seeing some girls wearing them in the park recently.
Creating a scavenger hunt for the children can really help them when we are out walking – this printable from Activity Village is perfect as it gets them thinking about identifying things for each letter of the alphabet so helps me work out if there are any sounds they’re struggling to distinguish and also helps me gauge where Daniel is up to with spelling.
Let children loose with an old camera. Letting them take pictures of the things that interest them is always fun – it amazes me the different approaches they take and also helps me to understand what’s interesting them the most whilst we are out and about.
Heading to lakes and rivers is always a winner for us, and we are getting much better at identifying the birds that we see. We have a couple of RSPB book and have used this bird identifier too in the past too. We have an RSPB site close by and one of our favourite spaces has lots of different birds around – we haven’t visited for a while so it will be interesting to see which birds are here now it’s summer; last summer there were three cygnets there that Emma just adored so I hope there are some there again this summer.
Getting up and out into the fresh air is one of the best things to do – it invigorates us and helps the children burn off some energy. We are early birds and it’s not uncommon for us to be up and out early, before the crowds arrive.