Summer is officially here, at least according to the calendar on the wall. Classes may or may not continue in the next days or weeks, and temperatures may or may not reach the later part of two digits-worth of heat, but summer is here regardless. Whatever your academic plans, whatever the temperature, make sure to find plenty of time to make summer memories that will last a lifetime. Run barefoot through sprinklers, blow bubbles, play with parachute toys, hike new paths in the community, stay up way past bedtime to watch family movies, and listen to praise music while doing summertime chores. And just remember, every minute, every season, every holiday – it all belongs to God. Celebrate God’s goodness with some of the silly, but actual holidays below. Enjoy June homeschool celebrations!
The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:16-17 NIV
June Homeschool Celebrations
Candy Month – Work together in the kitchen to make a chocolate chip cookie pizza dessert. Press a sixteen-and-a-half ounce tube of refrigerated cookie dough in a greased twelve-inch round pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for eighteen minutes, until golden brown. While the cookie is baking, crumble and cut up favorite chocolate candy bars and line up other candy-coated chocolate or peanut butter pieces and some multi-colored sprinkles.
Remove the cookie from the oven when done and use a table knife to make indentions for pie-shaped slices. Let each person pick a pie slice and sprinkle candy on top. Place the cookie back in the oven for one to two minutes, just long enough to soften the candies. Remove the dessert from the oven and cool. Then enjoy dessert with a small scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top, and with those additions, you’re celebrating Dairy Month, too! Remember this verse as you say grace and snack on dessert pizza: Go, eat your food with gladness …. Ecclesiastes 9:7 NIV
Dairy Month – Throughout the month, snack on a variety of cheeses, especially types that you’ve never tried, and try new flavors of yogurt, too. And drink lots of tall glasses of cold milk! Read cow books, like Are You A Cow, The Cow Loves Cookies, Klara The Cow, Charlie and the New Baby, and Kiss the Cow. Thank God for his creations and his provisions and memorize this verse: For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10 ESV
National Rivers Month – Make a recipe of salt dough to use for a river, craft-making project. Place these ingredients in a large bowl: two cups of flour, one cup of salt, one cup of water and one tablespoon of cream of tartar. Use your hands to squish and mix together until a dough forms. Spread the dough onto a piece of cardboard or the bottom of a shoebox. Rather than pressing the dough smoothly, be sure to add waves and ripples and rapids to the river. Paint the dough blue, and before the dough hardens completely, add fish-shaped, pressed candy pieces or gummy fish-shaped candies into the “river” dough. Talk about and memorize this verse while you work: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ John 7:38 ESV
National Pen Pal Day – Pick a homeschool friend that’s moved away or cousin in another state and write letters on hand-decorated stationary or paper. Drive to the post office and drop the letters in the mail and ask the letter recipient to join you in a pen-pal-writing adventure over the summer months. Give thanks for family and friends before sending each letter.
World Productivity Day – To celebrate this unusual holiday, make a list of summer projects that your family wants to complete, like, cleaning out the garage, sorting through toys to find outgrown ones to share with others, clearing flower beds and planting new summer flowers, rearranging the attic, or other time-consuming projects. Use more than one day this month to work productively as a family and mark the items off your list. Donate gently used, but no longer needed items to local non-profit places of business so that others can enjoy your beloved treasures. Talk about and memorize this verse while working on one of the summer projects: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2Corinthians 9:6 ESV
June is shaping up to be a warm month for most, but don’t let that hinder the family fun. Plan to get outside early in the morning and later in the evening to enjoy the outdoors; make cool snack and salad and punch recipes, read books on the couch during the hottest part of the day, and make lots of memories with the ones you love during the month of June.
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Julie Lavender loves any excuse to celebrate and make memories with hubby David, four adult children, one son-in-love, and one precious grandson. She loves to encourage other families to do the same and is looking forward to the release of her parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, published by Revell. Her book releases in October and is available for preorder now. Julie would love to connect with you on her Facebook Group of the same name, 365 Ways to Love Your Child, where she and others share fun ways to show love to kids.