Weekends are great times
for fun and learning new things. They are a wonderful time for
schools have cut out actual field trips due to the expense and time
taken away from required instruction.
Have your children figure out what places
they would like to explore. Let them determine how they will
get to the desired place, the mileage, what the cost will be and
what they will learn from the experience.
Field Trips page
Plan a geocaching, letterboxing or
orientation activity. I will never forget learning how to use a
compass during my Boy Scout hikes.
Find something in your yard or
neighborhood that needs attention and have your children help
plan a project to correct it.
Set aside some time for your child to follow their passion.
Genius Hour page
Crafts and Hobbies page
This page has links to:
Art, Crafts, Hobbies, Quilting, Music, Photography, Scrapbooking,
Stitchery and Woodworking
Weekends of Exploration & Entertainment
When our children were young we packed them up and
spent the summer at my father-in-law’s house in Springfield, Massachusetts.
There were times I had to commute from our home in New York as I worked summer jobs (summer school,
curriculum writing) but we dedicated each weekend to what we called E & E.
One day was for exploration and the other for entertainment. The Triple AAA
guidebooks are great for this purpose as well as Chambers of Commerce and
and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses near Hartford, CT, Springfield Armory,
Chesterwood (Daniel Chester French), Norman Rockwell Museum,
Arrowhead (Herman Melville’s house), Gillette Castle, New England Air
Movies, amusement parks, lake, parks, town festivals (arts & crafts,
Basketball Hall of Fame (they loved shooting basketballs at different
hoops), Baseball Hall of Fame, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Football Hall of
learning! Click on underlined words for page of links on that topic.
Consumerism) teaching percentage off, best buy, simple adding &
subtracting. Multiplying if getting more than one item.
Writing - Journals of trips - even day trips.
Younger children can draw.
Diary of the day's activities with time spent.
Letters to friends and family members.
Geography - trip planning, map reading and
keeping track of expenses (math).
Social Studies - places of interest
nearby. We had Exploration & Entertainment weekends.
Astronomy - star gazing. Simple
Rocks and Minerals, Sea Shells and
Word of the Day and word play.