Summer Unplugged

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Summer UnpluggedSummer Unplugged

Podcast #52

It’s Summer time!! And it’s time to get unplugged!! Remember the lazy days of summer when you were a kid? Before the time of all the electronics and devices? Want to help your kids create some lasting memories? Help your kids unplug this summer! Listen in as we talk about a Summer unplugged.

Suzanne and Sharon reminisce about past childhood summers!  We take a walk down memory lane and look at some fun, old fashioned summer fun! There are many ways to have fun in the Summer outside and inside, for those rainy days!

We also look at some good summer reading books. Get outside and have enjoy your SUMMER UNPLUGGED!

 

 

 

Ways to get unplugged this Summer:

  • Ride bikes
  • Play board games
  • Make fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • Find old games that todays kids might not know – pick-up sticks, jacks, old card games.
  • Read some classic books on rainy days.
  • Make homemade ice cream!
  • Play with sidewalk chalk – hopscotch
  • Jump Rope
  • Take some beach days!
  • Catch fireflies
  • Find a family favorite movie and do a movie night.
  • Find a local drive-in theater
  • Explore your town parks
  • Go camping
  • Do backyard camping

Enjoy your summer – away from the electronic devices and make some great family memories. And don’t forget the SUNBLOCK!

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Making Memories as a Family: Summer Edition

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making memoriesAs the school year comes to a close and summer is right around the corner, it is important to prioritize making memories as a family. When planning trips, weekend outings, or summer camps make sure I’m sure you are like many other homeschoolers and family needs are at the center. Making memories together will only increase family unity and stories that will be remembered and retold for years.

Choose a Destination that …

1. Matters to Family Heritage

Family heritage is so important to know and pass on to your kids. Not only will your child be able to understand basic genealogy, but researching family heritage can be fun! Flip through some old photo albums of relatives and tell your kids the story of how their grandparents met. Visit the town where they met and find the house where each grew up. If you can do this as a couple, this is fun as well!

Does your family have an annual family reunion? Maybe consider going so that your kids can meet the people in the pictures hanging on your wall or sitting on the shelf. Still not jazzed about packing the kids in the car and heading to Small Town, USA? Research interesting places around the location of the get-together. Perhaps there is a county fair, national park, or town museum nearby. Even window-shopping down Main Street can be a new and exciting experience for a suburban kid.

2. Reinforces your studies

We planned a trip to the mountains in order to collect rocks for an upcoming Geology study the coming year. It was a wonderful time or climbing and hiking. The kids enjoyed a train ride in the mountains and we were blessed to stay at a cabin owned by friends. The entire trip was well within our budget and best of all, one we still remember years later. The rocks were used over and over again in studies throughout their homeschool years and now are used by my daughter with her children as she homeschools! Another year we took a trip to the Florida Keys. Actually, several trips. This was used as research for our Truth Seekers Mystery Series novels.

Another time we visited the DC area and the Smithsonean Museums. We studied American history that year and this was a culmination of our studies. How wonderful to see a the Constitution and visit the artifacts in the American History Museum. These memories were revisited by my daughter and I when she visited colleges in that area during her high school years.

  • What are you studying this upcoming year?
  • Is there any way to reinforce a study?
  • Can you plan a trip in advance or even after the fact that will be enjoyable for the entire family but also further your studies?

3. Increases family time

Going on a family vacation means doing things together. Whether that is hiking, visiting museums or on a cruise. Many times “family vacations” mean separating the kids from the parents. We all need time away to regroup, but a family vacation should center around doing things as a family and exploring together. How else can you talk about your vacation if you didn’t experience it together?

4. Focuses on Faith

A family we know takes a pilgrimage every summer with their family. They have toured the shrines in Europe, walked along the Via Delarosa – the path that Jesus walked in Jerusalem, visited the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. While this is outside of our budget, for them it was important. They saved money all year long with this trip in mind, and it was on a tight budget staying at convents whenever possible. They told the children ahead of time if they wanted to purchase souvenirs, they needed to bring their own money. Once home, they gathered family and friends and we viewed their movies and still shots and visited these beautiful sites alongside them. What a wonderful legacy they leave their children as well as sharing it with us, their friends!

5. That includes extended family

One year we tied a family trip to Canada, a place I lived for three years as a child to a family reunion in upstate New York. We were able to combine alone time with our family. After walking the streets of Niagra Falls, my son asked if we could read books by the fireplace, a tradition started at home–since the hotel had a fireplace! After a few days drove our rental car to our location in New York, for extended family fun, which included a horseback ride on trails through streams and hills.

Recently, after picking up my daughter at her college location, I realized that Long Island, New York was only four hours north. We visited the city while staying with my cousin and his wife. My second-cousin, who attends a college in Manhattan took us on a nine-mile hike throughout the city, showing us sites and insiders locations. On Sunday we enjoyed a family reunion with my cousins, the last time I visited them was as a teenager.

Memories that last a lifetime are easier said than done. It takes time, planning and a budget. There were many years that we could only afford day trips, and truthfully my family still prefers a weekend camping to a ten-day trip! Patrick Patton may have popularized the saying, “A family who prays together stays together,” however it is something we say as well! You don’t need a long or expensive vacation to make memories. Remember to spend time as a family laughing and enjoying each others company!

You may also be interested in several sessions I recorded for the 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference. This conference is a wonderful addition to your education, moms–and I’m sure you’ll agree. Check it out!

 

Moms Read Too

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Moms Read Too

Podcast #29

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about the importance of moms reading too! We spend a lot of time thinking about our children reading, that we often forget that moms read too! Listen in for some great tips and inspiration to read this summer! Find a new book to settle into this summer and enjoy!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

Build Your Summer Reading List

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Build Your Summer Reading List

Podcast #28

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses ways to build your summer reading list.  Summer is a great time to expand your library. And what a wonderful time to spend reading some new and old favorites!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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Homeopathy for Bugs, Bites and Stings – Part 2

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Tune in as Sue Meyer talks about homeopathic remedies to use to protect insects and what to do if you get stung in this podcast.Time for part 2 of this summer-time series!  Sue gives remedies for bites from Mosquitoes, Certain Flies, Fleas, Bedbugs, Gnats, Midges, Spiders, Ticks, and Chiggers … all are a concern this time of year as we get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather after a long winter.  All these insects have the chance of carrying diseases that can be transmitted to humans or animals.  Tune in as Sue Meyer talks about homeopathic remedies to use to protect ourselves and our families from these insects and what to do if you get stung in this two-part series.

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Summer School Fun

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Podcast #27

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about Summer school fun!  Summer is an excellent opportunity for adventure and refreshment!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

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Summer Sun and Roadschool Fun

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The Roadschool Moms team has their sunglasses on and their homeschool calendars out! The first episode of Season 10 is all about roadschooling summer style. MB & KT have chatted before about the summer roadschool rules in their rig. If you missed it, hit the replay here.

This episode is different! These two veteran homeschoolers bring you specific examples of how to take your family on a learning adventure for the sunny season.

Is your family taking a break from a structured homeschool schedule? No problem! Roadschool Moms has you covered with these seven sweet suggestions:

  1. Photography journey
  2. Scavenger hunt plans
  3. Summer Reading Calendars
  4. A Gamer Summer
  5. Postcard Journal
  6. Themed Adventure
  7. Summer Journal

Year-round roadschoolers, don’t fret! This over-the-road duo has three ways to take your learning adventure for a summer spin, too! If structure is still in your homeschool plans for the season, consider:

If your plans aren’t set for June through August, that’s ok. You can take these homeschool planning suggestions on the road with you wherever in the world you are.  Are you still feeling confused or lonely for the months ahead? Connecting with other fulltime RVing families is a breeze for Fulltime Family members. And, for finding a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find over 100 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Florida National Historic Site

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Florida Historic SitesFlorida National Historic Sites

Podcast #25

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses some of the great resources Florida has to offer, specifically some of Florida’s national historic sites. Come along with us, as we take a trip to some of these sites and make plans to visit them soon!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

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Some great Florida Field trip Options:

National Historic Landmarks by State

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station

Bok Tower Gardens

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Listen in to our other Florida Fieldtrip podcast episodes:

Florida Fieldtrips: Take 1

Florida Fieldtrips: Take 2

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#ThisIsRving Summer Adventure

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In this episode, MB catches up with KT who is in full swing on the Travalginos 2016 Summer Adventure from Florida to Indiana. Along this journey, this full-time RVing family, founders of Fulltime Families, will take in 4 RV dealerships and 7 Jellystone parks in 5 states along the way.

Hit the replay to catch some of the highlights of their 1000 mi travels sponsored by Jellystone Park Camp Resorts and RV Trader.

Summer Roadschool Rules

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Summer Roadschool Show ButtonIf you’re looking for a list of rules to make your summer roadschool awesome, you’ve come to the wrong place! Our Roadschool Moms team wholeheartedly agrees that we generally steer clear of any set-in-stone, cookie-cutter parameters that could inhibit or stifle our roadschoolers enthusiasm to learn something new everyday. In this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly use their radio time to talk about the ways they plan to keep their traveling homeschoolers on the learning adventure this summer. Click play to hear more.

  1. One of our favorite summer traditions in the Road Trip Teacher rig, is our summer journals. This is something we’ve been doing for many years (even before we started living fulltime in an RV.) It is a simply constructed journal of paper (lined, colored, blank, or a combination) bound together to be used to document all the summer activities to come. Giving your student a few ideas is a great guide to help him get started such as
  • write or illustrate the weather daily or in a weekly summary
  • make a summer leap list at the beginning of the journal to talk about all the things you would like to accomplish during this season of sunshine
  • use it as a daily diary of thoughts or inspirations
  • make a photo scrapbook of sorts to document one picture daily or weekly that represents the time period

2. Take advantage of travel plans to delve into state history facts and information. This project is even more fun if you will be hitting different areas of the same state so that differences in  Again, by planning a notebook or binder for this state study, it gives your roadschooler a place to record state symbols, cut out the state song to play later if he is musically inclined, investigate the different areas in the way of topography, rivers and lakes, and the different terrain across the area. If your summer travel plans will take you to a specific region of the U.S., these state study guides can be grouped together to represent that as well. This is a wonderful record of time spent that will be referred to time and time again.

3. Sometimes, homeschool plans are so full of all the basics, it’s hard to consistently fit in the extra-curriculars. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of music, art, or other areas of special interest:

  • There are tons of music curriculum out there that allows a student to formally study the subject. One of our favorite ways to enjoy music curriculum is with Super Quiet Learning Time from SquiltMusic.com.   These are easy lessons with no planning involved that can be enjoyed by all ages under a tree during a picnic or anywhere you please! You might even find that one of your roadschoolers enjoys a particular composer and for that, this fun site has Squilt Spotlight studies.
  • It’s no secret that Art + Outside = Super Summer Fun. There are so many different ways to enjoy art, sometimes it’s overwhelming to pick just one medium. So don’t! Try something new each week of the summer that you may or may not have tried before. A favorite from the Road Trip Teacher’s crew is chalk art pastel drawings.  The Roadschool 101 crew especially enjoyed the lessons from the American Landmarks tutorials.
  • Have your kiddos shown an interest in a particular sport, activity, or musical instrument? Use YouTube videos and plan a chunk of time to further their interests. If you summer travel plans are really flexible, research an instructor or private tutor and block out a few weeks of lessons. This is something that will be a reward long after the instruction is over.

4.  No matter where in the world you are, summer and nature just go together. This is the perfect season to spotlight a nature study. Compiling a nature journal ahead of time so that details of the world around your roadschooler can be written down is an added bonus. Keeping a nature journal for three months so that what she sees and what she hears can be recorded will make her a better observer. As the leader of this trip with Mother Nature, drop in subtle reminders to look for the little things, pay extra special attention to what you hear at night when all is quiet, and note the weather for one place to another. Using a nature study to spotlight your summer roadschool is a great way to cultivate your learner’s senses and enjoy every ounce of what the season is all about.

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.      Job 12:7-10

5.  No matter what the season or direction of your roadschool rig, reading is a great way to keep your learners moving in the right educational direction. Summer feels like freedom so this is a great time to let your readers sample all kinds of material. Download these free reading calendar pages from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher and post them in a central location. See who in your household can fill a month’s worth of reading activities.

6.  Take advantage of the summer holiday spotlight over Independence Day. Let the research begin before you arrive to your early July destination and see what the area you will be visiting has to offer in the way of history, activities, and firework celebrations. If July plans in your rig aren’t firm yet, check out these great July 4th destinations from Fulltime Families.

7.  If you entire summer is up in the air, make your summer roadschool a mystery trip! Last year, the Roadschool Moms shared you their Top 10 Summer Destinations. Use that as a guide to map out all the places your traveling tribe would love to see in the lush, green season of summer. How many can you mark off before the leaves fall later this year?

For information on how you can catch up with the Roadschool Moms duo this summer, check out their schedule for the 2016 season.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s plans for summer roadschool, tune into the May 1st episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.