According to the calendar, the halfway point of the summer season falls on August 6. Despite the presence of sharpened pencils, lessons plans, and brand new crayons, be sure to keep the spirit of summer alive with a wealth of outdoor playtime and park picnics with watermelon slices and popsicles. Don’t abandon summer just yet – make warm memories to cherish with some of the silly, but real, celebrations below or create your own cool, summer festivities. Here are five August homeschool family fun ideas.
5 August Homeschool Family Fun Ideas
Back-to-School Month – Start the new school year off with prayer, bathing every aspect of the new school year in fervent petition and praise. Pray in each room of the house. Pause in the kitchen and pray for nourishment and good health throughout the year, for those that will prepare meals this school year, for those in the community that might be hungry, and praise Him for his provisions. Pray in the laundry room, thanking God for clothing and pray in advance for the chores that need to get done during school days. Pray over curriculum, art supplies, and hands-on teaching materials. After detailed prayer for the school year, take a family trip to collect extra school supplies to donate to a local organization that collects school supplies for needy children in your community. End the day with some fun picture books, like, The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Splatter, and be sure to memorize this verse: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (KJV).
Fishing Month – Read John 21:1-14 to initiate this holiday. Then, plan a fishing trip with the family to celebrate. If that opportunity doesn’t pan out, create this crafty fishing activity for indoors. On construction paper, trace around the kids’ hands with four fingers together and the thumb extended somewhat to resemble a top ‘fin’ for the fish pattern. On the wrist-part of the tracing, close the handprint by drawing a fish-shaped mouth. Cut out the shape and add embellishments, like a wiggly eye, glitter for fins, bits of tissue paper, or simply decorate with crayons. Make several fishy shapes and attach a paper clip to the top of each one. Then, for a fishing pole, tape a strip of fishing line to one of a yardstick or empty cardboard roll from wrapping paper. On the other end of the fishing line, tie a magnet in place. Then, use the ‘fishing pole’ to go ‘fishing’ to catch some of the embellished fish-shapes. Memorize this verse as a celebration finale: “’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” Matthew 4:19 (NIV).
National Peach Month – Gather the family in the kitchen to prepare this peachy-keen cobbler recipe. In a 9 X 13 inch baking pan, melt one-half cup of butter. Wash, peel and slice four fresh peaches and set aside. In another dish, stir together one cup of self-rising flour, one cup of white sugar and two-thirds cup of milk. Slowly pour the mixture into the pan on top of the melted butter, but do not stir. Spread the peaches evenly over the batter and sprinkle one tablespoon of granulated sugar over the peaches. Bake at 350 degrees for thirty to forty minutes or until crust is golden brown. While the dessert cools slightly, pray, thanking God for the deliciousness of summertime fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, enjoy dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
World Lion Day – Do you know what a ‘fluffle’ is? Play this fun game with the family and you just might find out the answer. Let each person write down the names of five animals. Encourage each family member to include animals besides dogs or cats. Place all the animal names in a basket. The first contestant picks an animal name from the basket and rolls one die. If the die reveals one dot, ask the contestant to give the name of the male animal he or she drew from the basket. If the contestant rolls a two, he or she answers the female name of the animal. A roll of three dots and the contestant gives the name that corresponds to the young of the animal he or she drew. For four dots on the die, the contestant is required to give the name of a group of the animals he or she drew. A roll of five or six, and the contestant can give any of the above answers. For example, if the contestant draws the word ‘lion’ from the basket, and rolls a one, the answer to the question is ‘lion.’ For a two, the answer is ‘lioness.’ For a three, the answer is ‘cub,’ and for a four, the answer is ‘pride.’ Five or six, and the contestant can choose to answer any of the above four questions. (By the way, a ‘fluffle’ is a group of rabbits.) Memorize this passage about lions in 1 Peter: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV).
International Left-Handers Day – Is anyone in your family ambidextrous? Play some outside games and find out! Let each person take turns with the following tasks to see who the best-lefty of the family happens to be. (If someone in the family is a left-hander, then let that person play the game using his or her right hand.) Roll a tennis ball with the left hand to attempt to knock over plastic cups arranged like bowling pins. Give points to the one who knocks down the most. Throw rolled-up socks in a laundry basket and see who is the most accurate with the left hand. Dribble a basketball left-handed. Throw a Frisbee left-handed. Pick up pine cones, sticks, or leaves with the left hand. Who earned the most points for the most successful lefty-lucky-plays? Memorize this verse to go along with the celebration: “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statues.” Psalm 119:48 (ESV).
Don’t give up on summer just yet – keep making warm memories and have loads of fun while the calendar still boasts of the season!
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