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Homeschool.com's Great Projects for Summer 2008
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Now's a good time to start planning for the summer vacation and the inevitable cries of "I'm bored" from children that really just need a few ideas to get them going.  With just a little focus and structure students can be productive and yet still have a lot of fun!

Make sure you look through the list and the sites, either before or with your children, to find the projects and resources that will work best for you. The list could also be incorporated into a planned summer school program as well.

Summer is a great time for students to try something new or to learn a new skill since they have more free time than during the school year.  And, the list is not just for children -- the whole family can work together on a project as well! By adding these projects to your summer activities everyone can have a boredom-free summer!

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June 2 – 8, 2008 - Document Your Summer

How to Digital Scrapbook
http://www.digitalscrapbooking.com/learn_how

BetterPhoto for Kids and Teens
http://www.betterphoto.com/photography-for-kids.asp

Keeping a Summer Journal
http://kids-indoor-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/keep_a_summer_journal

Publishing for Kids
http://www.asuen.com/faq.publish.kids.html

Digital Movie Making for Kids
http://www.adobe.com/education/digkids/intro_video/making_of_movie.html

How to Use a Video Camera
http://www.mediacollege.com/video/camera/tutorial/

Descriptive Writing
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/diary/index.htm

June 9 – 15, 2008 - Become a Sports Enthusiast

Sports Illustrated for Kids
http://www.sikids.com/

Olympic 2008 Sports
http://en.beijing2008.cn/cptvenues/sports/

Kids Sports Links
http://northvalley.net/kids/sports.shtml

How to Play Soccer
http://www.ehow.com/PrintArticle.html?id=2044097

Major League Baseball Kids' Dugout
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/kids/index.jsp

U.S. Kids Golf
http://www.uskidsgolf.com/index.cfm

Propelled by Pedal
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002670/

June 16 – 22, 2008 - Embrace Other Cultures

Culture Quest
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/cquest/

Cultures for Kids
http://www.exploreandmore.org/world/default.htm

People and Places
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Places/

Lonely Planet Destination Guides
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/

Tour the World
http://earth.google.com/tour.html

Costumes Around the World
http://www.kids-space.org/CTC/mycostume.html

Ethnic and Folk Costumes
http://www.costumepage.org/tcpinfo3.html#folk

Say Hello to the World
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/hello/

Free Online Language Courses
http://www.word2word.com/coursead.html

Ethnic Recipes
http://www.bhg.com/recipes/food-slide-shows/ethnic-food/

June 23 – 29, 2008 - Discover Animals

A Library of the World's Animals
http://www.learnanimals.com/

Animals of the World
http://www.kidscom.com/games/animal/animal.html

Creature Features
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature/

Animals A to Z Zoo
http://animal.discovery.com/guides/atoz/atoz.html

Endangered Animals
http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/Endangered/species-exp-guide.html

4-H Virtual Farms
http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/virtualfarm/main.html

Live Animal cams
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/WebCams/

June 30 – July 6, 2008 - Appreciate Art

Kids Art
http://www.kidsart.com/topten.html

SmARTKids
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/index.html

Destination Modern Art
http://www.moma.org/destination/

Artist's Tool Kit
http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/

Free Art Lessons
http://www.interactiveartschool.com/free-art-lessons.html

Museums on the Web
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/it/projects/Museums/Teacher_Guide/Hotlist/

Learn About Art
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/art/

July 7 – 13, 2008 - Explore the Universe

Star Child
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

The Nine Planets
http://www.nineplanets.org/

Auroras – Paintings in the Sky
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/

Starry Skies
http://www.starryskies.com/

Eyes on the Sky Feet on the Ground
http://hea-www.harvard.edu/ECT/the_book/index.html

Earth & Sky: Sky Watching Center
http://www.earthsky.org/skywatching/

Virtual Tour of the Sun
http://www.michielb.nl/sun/kaft.htm

July 14 – 20, 2008 - Support A Cause

Network for Good
http://www.networkforgood.org/KidsGuideToGiving/

Kids Can Make a Difference
http://www.kidscanmakeadifference.org/cando.htm

20 Ways to Help
http://www.bygpub.com/books/tg2rw/volunteer.htm

Learn and Serve America
http://www.servicelearning.org/

Kiwanis Youth Program
http://www.kiwanisjunior.org/en/programs/yslp/

Environmental Kids Club
http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm

July 21 – 27, 2008 - Become Tech Savvy

4Kids
http://www.4kids.org/

Free Tutorials for Microsoft Office
http://www.baycongroup.com/tutorials.htm

LearningElectric Tutorials
http://www.learningelectric.com/

KidzOnline Tech Tutorials
http://www.kidzonline.org/TechTraining/

Online Practice Modules
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line.htm

Software Tutorials and Online Courses
http://www.actden.com/

Lissa Explains HTML for Kids
http://www.lissaexplains.com/

How the Internet Works
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/intbas.html

July 28 – August 3, 2008 - Tune Into Nature

Create a Nature Notebook
http://www.homeschool.com/articles/NatureNotebook/

Summer Nature Activities
http://www.naturepark.com/act.htm#summer

Nature Awareness
http://www.outdoor-nature-child.com/nature-awareness.html

Listening to Nature
http://www.museumca.org/naturalsounds/

Nature Games
http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activities/nature-games.page-1.html

Plants and Our Environment
http://library.thinkquest.org/3715/

Undersea and Oversee
http://www.fi.edu/oceans/index.html

Tips on Getting Started with Bird Watching
http://www.birdwatching.com/tips/kids_birding.html

August 4 – 10, 2008 - Become an Author

Literary Elements Map
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/lit-elements/

Book Cover Creator
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/bookcover/

Comic Creator
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/

Fractured Fairytales
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/fairytales/

Writing with Writers
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/

Story Writing Tips
http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html

Kids on the Net Creative Writing
http://www.kidsonthenet.com/create/index.cfm

30 Days of Poetry
http://www.msrogers.com/English2/poetry/30_days_of_poetry.htm

August 11 – 17, 2008 – Celebrate Music

Intro to Reading Music
http://datadragon.com/education/reading/

Notes on Songwriting
http://www.robinfrederick.com/write.html

Learn About Instruments
http://datadragon.com/education/instruments/

Instruments of the Orchestra
http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3

Make Music! Start a Band
http://www.mustcreate.org/kid_home/kids3_1.shtml

Play Music
http://www.playmusic.org/

Creating Music
http://www.creatingmusic.com/

Kids Music Site
http://www.kidsmusicweb.com/

August 18 – 24, 2008 - Learn to Cook

Introductory Cooking Lessons
http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/kids-cooking-lessons-cit-intro.html

Kid-friendly Cooking Demos
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/lf_kids/article/0,1904,FOOD_16382_3103395,00.html

Cooking Video Demonstrations
http://www.cooking.com/techniques/vidtech_toc.asp

Cooking Lessons Online
http://www.deliaonline.com/cookery-school/how-to/

Food Safety Facts
http://www.agr.state.nc.us/cyber/kidswrld/foodsafe/index.htm

Children's Recipes
http://www.childrensrecipes.com/

Theme Dinner Ideas
http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/theme-dinner-ideas.html

World Recipes for Kids
http://www.lucyeats.com/world-recipe-for-kid.html

August 25 – 31, 2008 - Organize for School

Time Management Guide
http://www.studenttools.info/study-tips-time-management-guide.html

Creating a Calendar
http://www.psychpage.com/tech/calendar/get-a-calendar.html

Notetaker
http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=722&title

TaDa List Maker
http://www.tadalist.com/

Schoolhouse2 Homework Organizer
http://lifehacker.com/software/top/download-of-the-day--schoolhouse-2-mac-248705.php

Students Lending Tools
http://www.saystudent.com/sf/tool-set.html

Software for Starving Students
http://softwarefor.org/

Kids Internet Search Tools
http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

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