When you don’t attend a regular school there is a tendency for the summer vacation to be nothing great to be excited about. You know that school will continue as usual even if the rest of the regular school kids are having a couple of months off.This may be a good time to vary the routine for homeschool students.
As a homeschool parent you could make the conscious decision to not teach curriculum related topics in summer school, and instead take up some topic which is of interest to the student. You could add more field trips and even a short visit out of town to make it seem less like regular school days.Getting out of the house and visiting specific places can keep the excitement level and motivation to learn about new things high.
While museums and libraries may be good places to visit they are predictable and too educative to be considered fun. I think some local tourist hot spots may also be a good cultural outing to consider. Try a weekend away in a historically important spot as well. A trip to grandparents is also a good break from regular routine if they live in an other town.
What can possible summer school topics include? Developing a hobby is a good idea during the summer months. Have the children join a class which is not taught by you. This will allow them an outing where they learn something new, make new friends and get accustomed to a new ambiance.
Possible hobbies include Music in any form such as vocals (singing in the church choir), instruments ( picking up a new instrument such as the piano, guitar, flute, violin, or anything else that interests the child), and dance (classical forms of dance, or more contemporary ones).
Another good hobby would be Arts and Craft where many activities can be performed based on the ability of the child. Stencil printing, spray painting, paper sticking, jewelery making, sculpting with clay, wood shaving, and fabric painting are just a few ideas that they can get started on.