Summer Homeschool Fun at Camp Review

Summer Homeschool Fun at Camp Review

Christina (2) and Will (7) reading in our Camp Review headquarters.

Here’s an example of how my family spent a fun summer as homeschoolers. First, we had a nice end-of-the-school-year break with lots of reading and unstructured outdoor time. Then, our family’s way to become truly refreshed and ready for the new year of homeschooling included time at camp. That is, at Camp Review.

I first heard of Camp Review at a homeschool conference. Combining summer, the outdoors, and learning sounded like a good idea. Camp Review was more than a good idea. It became one of my favorite memories from our 15-year homeschool career.

We held our first Camp Review on a summer day in August 1992. We had Camp Review the week before school started in the fall, although Camp Review can be scheduled anytime during the summer. We used unit studies (KONOS) for much of our homeschooling, so Camp Review was a day to spend outdoors reviewing some of the KONOS topics we had studied during the school year.

My carpenter brother-in-law had built a tree house for my children. That became the official Camp Review headquarters. I always loved reading aloud with my children, and the tree house also became the camp’s reading and snack area.

Christina and Will as frontiersmen exploring our yard during Camp Review.

Christina and Will as frontiersmen exploring our yard during Camp Review.

One of the topics we had studied during the school year was frontiersmen. My 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter became frontiersmen exploring our country yard. Ladybugs were the big find on their explorations that day.

We made paper boats to reinforce another unit.  My son launched his fleet of boats in our water-filled ditch.

At Camp Review, the learning was light but a way to celebrate our previous year of homeschooling. It also gave us an eagerness for the new school year ahead of us.

Will with his paper-boat fleet.

Will with his paper-boat fleet.

Even if your children aren’t homeschooled, Camp Review can be a way to celebrate the end of the school year and a favorite topic your child studied. And it can be used to prepare your child for the new school year.

It can be as long or short as you want. Camp Review is about you and your family, the outdoors, and summer fun enjoying learning together. :)


This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month’s theme was summer fun. Our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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