Summer learning Ideas for Homeschooling High School

Summer Learning Ideas for Homeschooling High School

Guest post by Kimberly Smith

Summer is a great time to learn new skills that will help your teen mature and encourage them as they grow. Summer is also a slow time for regular school learning so why not work on so e life skills. This article will look at several possible ways to continue encouraging your teen to learn through the summer months.

  • Get a summer job. Here your teen will learn job skills, (yes flipping burgers is a skill) manage money, team building, and obeying authority to name a few. This also fosters independence and self-worth as they earn their own money. Some possibilities are camp counselor, fast food, lawn care, to name a few.
  • Do an internship/apprentice. Is there an area your teen is interested in? Now is a great time to have them shadow people and see if this is an area they want to pursue.
  • Have them start a business. The possibilities are endless. Everything from babysitting, lawn care to web design and making items. Have them draw up a business plan and allow them to follow it. Even if it not successful your teen learns what is involved in starting a business. They have to interact with customers, manage money and their time. They also get to use their skills in a creative way.
  • Volunteer. Have your teen spend time at a nursing home, day-care, church, or any other place that uses volunteers. This teaches empathy and compassion for others that are not like them. It can also build lasting relationships.
  • Take a college class. This can be done for credit or for fun. This allows your teen to see how college works in a non-threatening way.
    Stem/Steam camps. This is a fun way to make new friends and develop tech skills.
  • Camps in general. Again a wonderful way to make friends and learn skills.
  • Field trips. Take the summers to explore the history and science around you. You will be surprised at just how much there is to do in your own state. Doing tours and listening to guides will help teens to learn. You can also tailor your field trips to what you have been studying or will study in the upcoming year.
  • If your teen is good at academics and enjoys school just let them continue their studies and graduate early.
    Summer is a great time to think outside the box and learn skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. So relax and let your teens do the work and learn some great lessons along the way.

Kimberly Smith – Volunteer Contributor

Kim Smith contributorKimberly Smith is a homeschooling mom of 4 children with three of those in college! Kim and her family enjoy fostering children, were thrilled to adopt their seven-year-old through fostering, and are now homeschooling again! Kim has had over 17 years of homeschool experience including the privilege to homeschool a child with serious learning disabilities as well as a gifted child. Kim and her husband of 26 years have gone through many ups and downs with their children as well as in life. Job losses, frequent moves, the challenge of loving a child through rebellion, and their faith have been a part of their growth and give Kimberly the insight to touch others.


Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]

May 24, 2019


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