Handpicked Summer Resources
Just For You!
Summer and homeschooling – there are so many options. As many options as there are families!
Many homeschoolers continue full-time lessons throughout the summer, others choose a lighter load for the summer months, and some of us take the summer off. Regardless of how we choose to homeschool, we understand that learning doesn't stop just because it's summer. Summer learning – and summer resources are important to us!
Because of this, Homeschool.com has published our Summer Resources Awards list – handpicked gems from companies that understand the importance of continued summer learning opportunities and experiences. These companies offer full curriculums, individual classes, important supplemental materials – and educational/fun toys that promote summer learning. The award winners are listed alphabetically – make sure you read all the way to V (no Z!) – as you don't want to miss a thing.
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A big thank you to Time4Learning for sponsoring this list.
101 Things To Do This Summer
Every year, Homeschool.com publishes our 101 Things To Do This
Summer list. It's a great resource of fun (and educational) things
to do. This year, our list is part of Rebecca Kochenderfer's book
Survival Guide for Parents: How to Create a Summer of Wonder,
Discovery and Fun!
You can see an infographic of the list
and fyi, previous lists can be found
The ABCmouse learning program, for ages 2-8, helps kids learn to
read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies,
art, music, and much more. With more than 8,500 individual learning
activities and 850+ complete lessons which follow their Step-by-Step
Learning Path, ABCmouse encompasses reading and language arts, math,
science, health, social studies, art, and music. ABCmouse is
available to families on a low-cost subscription basis for use on
computers, tablets, or smartphones.
abcteach offers 6,000+ FREE educational worksheets for
homeschoolers. Many have a
offers 49,000+ cross curricular resources. These resources include; printable
materials, interactive lessons, clip art library, custom worksheet
generators, educational videos, plus a weekly newsletter. Use Promo
Code: (HS1year) for 75% OFF 1 year memberships. Only $9.99!
Blue Socks Media
Want your kids to learn a little history this summer? The 45
Presidents is the first multi-media project to include a song, music
video, and activity book featuring all 45 U.S. Presidents. You can
watch the 45 Presidents song for free
Minds Online School of the Arts offers courses in Architecture, Art,
Dance, Photography and IEW Writing. These courses are perfect for
summer enrichment and for more serious yearly studies. Students
(K-12) may begin their courses at any time. Did we mention this site
is run by a homeschool Mom?
the summer? CHSH-Teach.com (Christian Home School Hub) is an
affordable option designed to make your homeschooling journey
easier. It is brimming with resources (PreK-12) and will save you
time and sanity! The site offers
option and more. This site was created by a homeschool Mom.
You can incorporate
God's Word into every area of your children's learning with
age-appropriate Bibles, catechisms, church history books, family
devotionals, and more. Their book,
My Devotions -
a perfect fit for summertime reading.
Have your kids read
this summer! Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to producing
high-quality curriculum-aligned books and educational products for
Pre K-9+. Crabtree is well-known for beautifully illustrated books
and educational resources on many subjects including science &
technology, nature & environment, countries and cultures, history,
financial literacy, digital literacy, geography, sports, health
Easy Grammar Systems
Grammar this summer?
Why not! Dr. Wanda Phillips' texts 1) the
series, 2) the
series, and 3) the
introduce grammar concepts in a building-block paradigm and
incorporate a cyclical approach which promotes mastery.
Almost 1,000 summer
Discover thousands of educational toys, engaging worksheets,
hands-on learning lesson plans, interactive online programs and
more, all at up to 90% off! Plus, tons of
are added daily!
Publishers has partnered with homeschool families for over 35 years.
Their colorful activity books are perfect for summer learning and
books provide practice across all core subject areas, while the
hones in on specific skills in math, reading, writing, science, and
critical thinking. The
is perfect for art and hands-on projects. The company offers
Excel High School
Excel High School is a
Department of Education recognized, regionally accredited high
school serving students in grades 9-12. Excel offers both secular
and Christian online courses, as well as
and summer courses. Parents choose Excel as for their education
partner because of Excel's flexibility, affordability and commitment
to student success. Excel is rated A+ with the Better Business
Bureau and has an outstanding reputation for excellence.
Have Fun Teaching, LLC
Have Fun Teaching is a
website that offers FREE worksheets, activities, flashcards,
workbooks, lesson plans, songs, and videos for teachers and
homeschoolers. You can check out their summer resources
The site also offers premium/membership services ($8/month).
Delve into history
this summer! HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries
and over 5,000 articles originally published in their various
history magazines. These magazines include America's Civil War,
Aviation History, Civil War Times, Military History, Wild West,
World War II and more.
Want to learn piano
this summer? Mr. Hoffman's engaging piano lessons and child-friendly
(adult friendly too!) teaching tools make learning both easy and
fun, while providing a complete foundation in ear training, music
theory, transposition, Solfège, improvisation, technique,
composition, and much more. Mr. Hoffman's basic plan is FREE (you
start lesson 1 now)
premium plan is
students how government works by having them experience it directly.
Free games and lessons allow students to take on the role of judge,
president, or member of Congress. This summer iCivics
challenges students and parents to turn civic learning into local
civic action. To learn more, visit:
You can also join them on social media: @iCivics,
reading skills this summer while having superphonic fun! Alphabotz
Superphonic Decoder Cards are robot ABC flash card and game sets
developed to engage the imaginations of young children (3 and up),
while teaching them technically-sound phonics skills through
stories, adventure, silly phrases and fun. 5 out of 5 robots agree -
these are not your Grandma's flashcards!
K12 is a
leading provider of individual online courses from PreK – 12,
designed to strengthen core skills, recover credits, or accelerate
studies. Providing both independent courses as well as courses
supported by world-class K12 teachers, K12 offers hundreds of
flexible, award-winning courses to support your child's education.
Keep kids engaged and
inspired all summer long, with classic and creative products from
Encourage creative thinking with
- plus so many more of your favorites!
Kane Press Inc.
Summer reading should be fun – and it is with books from Kane
Press. Kane Press is an award-winning publisher of books for
kids ages 3 to 11. Their books focus on 1)
relating educational content to a child's everyday
experiences through fun, engaging stories, 2) modeling positive
traits, and 3) solving kid-sized dilemmas. Plus, the site offers FREE
School is a flexible, accredited online private school for Grades
6-12, that helps students achieve their unique dreams and goals.
Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs
individual classes, Keystone offers more than 170 courses from
credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll
at any time – even during the summer!
Math practice made
smarter. Knowre is an award-winning online program for Pre-Algebra,
Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. They support your child's math
practice with thousands of questions, interactive step-by-step
support, and instructional videos. Perfect for summer (and
Classical Music with Stories - Great summer music for road trips
and travel! Maestro Classics offers classical music for your
homeschool with CDs, MP3s, and activity books featuring the London
Philharmonic Orchestra, engaging storytellers, and educational
for FREE puzzles, games, activities, and curriculum guides;
and save 17% on all products with coupon code 'homeschool'.
offers fun summer STEM experiences that feed kids' imagination and
learning at home. Their kits enable kids to create electricity from
soil, have a "yeast race" that results in some yummy loaves of
bread, and so much more! Also, the site offers lots of
Mand Labs, Inc.
Summertime is a great
time to learn a new hands-on skill. How about learning
hands-on electronics? Mand Labs KIT-1: The Coolest Educational
Electronics and Electricity Kit for Starters; i-Design Award-2015;
Kids can build a range of 50+ cool projects and learn concepts of
physics and electronics. Plus, check out their FREE
Math Without Borders
Summer is the perfect
time to catch up or get ahead. Math Without Borders provides a
complete high school math experience for homeschoolers by
supplementing the best existing high school math textbooks with
solid teaching by an experienced teacher. After all, math is not
easier when watered down; it is made easier when taught
well. Sample lessons are available
lives of dyslexic and struggling readers – 95% of learners who use
the program with fidelity gain one grade level in just 20 hours.
It's research-based, systematic, online, and mobile device-friendly.
Plus, no teacher is required. You can learn more
and you can start your FREE one week trial
Summertime – play
time! MindWare is the creator and manufacturer of Brainy Toys for
Kids of All Ages. Their diverse product line includes educational
toys, games, brainteasers, creative play activities, building sets,
coloring books and more! Check out their listings for
award winning toys,
Mona Melisa Designs
Mona Melisa Designs
believes that in order for children to best learn and absorb
information, they need to be a part of the educational experience -
to be able to touch, feel, move and interact with their lessons.
Their educational wall decals and lessons were designed by a
homeschool Mom that was tired of 'worksheeting her daughter to
death!' So, put down the worksheets and start creating a generation
of inspired thinkers and imaginative minds this summer!
Mother Goose Time
Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum is published by the
Experience Early Learning Company and specializes in the development
of research-based preschool and infant curriculum, books, music and
authentic assessment tools for early childhood. Their curriculum
inspires children to experience learning through creative
expression, play and open-ended discovery. You can see a
Homeschool.com product review of the Mother Goose Time curriculum
My Summer Goals Handout
From our very own
– Use summer as an opportunity to teach your children how to
learn something for themselves and
Help them set goals at the beginning of summer for the things they'd
like to learn or do this summer and then cross each thing off the
list as they complete them. Enjoy my
to help you get started!
Oak Meadow provides flexible,
creative homeschooling curriculum for K-12. Their experiential,
nature-based approach allows families to set their own rhythm of
learning and encourages critical thinking and intellectual
development. Use Oak Meadow
or enroll in
their teacher-supported, accredited
You can start anytime.
Online summer programs
for a changing world. Outschool offers hundreds of interactive
online summer classes from coding and minecraft to civics,
economics, writing and science. The classes are offered by
independent teachers and take place in small-groups over
videoconference and an online classroom webpage. Inspire your kids
about technology this summer by using technology to learn! More
information on Outschool can be found here.
Handwriting offers FREE short video lessons that teach
activities designed to introduce or improve cursive handwriting. The
videos make learning how to use FLUENT MOVEMENT both challenging and
fun. Your child can
start the "Learn
Cursive Step-By-Step" series today.
Have fun coloring this
summer with Pirasta for the Colorful! The company offers REALLY
LARGE (as large as 63" x 36"!) coloring posters and sheets. Choose
Reading Rainbow Skybrary School is an online supplemental reading
service for grades K-3 featuring an award-winning library of books,
real-world video field trips, lessons and easy-to-use teacher
management tools. Plus, they offer a FREE
Keep your kids' reading skills up this summer!
Red Apple Reading
With Red Apple
Reading, children have fun learning to read! The website offers a
digital program for kids ages 4 to 8, with 1000+ interactive games
and videos, that teach phonics, sight words, vocabulary and
comprehension. Plus, they offer apps, offline content, storybooks, a
magazine, and more. You can check out their FREE samples
And there's a money-back guarantee.
The What Makes Me
Different? book 1) helps you
understand the 'wiring' of your children for making effective life
choices 2) teaches children to
recognize and rejoice in how they're made, and 3) helps YOU better
understand yourself. A valuable summer read
Stories to Grow by
Motivate and inspire
children this summer with stories and plays from Whootie Owl's
award-winning collection of
Stories, Activity Guides,
Lesson Plans and Much More! Great for year-round too!
What does your child
want to study this summer? With over 15,000 video lessons and
other resources, this might be a good place to start! The courses
are short and concise, they offer lots of examples to help
your student master the material quickly, and they are engaging. The site offers monthly
plans - Basic, Premium and Accelerator, and you can get a month-long
Phonics-based books that provide a total curriculum for beginning
readers. They are fun, colorful, easy to read stories that motivate
children to read. The HomeSchooler Bundle includes 40 eight-page
books and a complete Teacher's Manual with Lesson Plans for Guided
Reading & Skills Instruction, plus 40 Reproducibles. Click
to see these Super products and prices.
The Etiquette Factory
Is it time to teach
your children impeccable manners, character and integrity? The
Etiquette Factory curriculum includes songs, games, crafts, and kind
instruction - TEF strives to make learning fun, instruction easy,
and the results... well see for yourself! Summer is the perfect time
– no need to wait!
The Good & the
emphasizes the good & the beautiful: God, family, nature, and high
moral character. It's academically strong and requires little to no
prep time. This curriculum is FREE (Levels 1-5 language arts
and literature course sets are offered as free downloads) or fairly
inexpensive . To learn more, click
The Royal Conservatory
Study music history
online this summer. This fun, interactive course provides an
introduction to, and overview of the study of Western music. It's
perfect for students and music lovers whose goal is simply to
explore music history for the sake of becoming better-informed
musicians. You can see a Homeschool.com product review
Survival Guide for Parents: How to Create a Summer of Wonder,
Discovery and Fun!
Written by our
very own Rebecca Kochenderfer, this book is chock full of
ideas to keep your kids' skills sharp during the summer months. Grab
the book, put it into action, and never hear your kids complain of
boredom all summer long! Bonus: they'll learn many new things, too!
Plus, there is a
Survival Guide Planner
Do you have loads
of summer plans but wonder how on earth you'll pull them all
together? Check out our 68-page, three-month daily planner
specifically designed to help you create an awesome summer for your
kids! It's FREE, is for non-homeschoolers and homeschoolers
alike, and correlates with Rebecca Kochenderfer's newest book
Survival Guide for Parents: How to Create a Summer of Wonder,
Discovery and Fun!
This Place is a Zoo
Imaginative and educational play – what a great combination! This
Place is a Zoo offers a wide variety of high quality, realistic
looking stuffed toy animals. They feature large and small plush toy
animals from the jungles, forests, farms, and oceans of the world.
are especially perfect for summer play.
Time4Learning is an
award-winning, online curriculum for PreK-12th. Their learning
system teaches and grades lessons, tracks progress, and works with a
variety of learning styles. The comprehensive curriculum includes
lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies and more.
Students also have access to printable worksheets and the ability to
advance at their own pace. Time4Learning combines the technology
kids love with the education they need to make learning fun. You can
get Time4Learning summer learning tools
8-week online writing courses and a variety of free writing
resources for 2nd-12th grade students. The student-paced courses are
perfect for summer and include lessons and quizzes, and personalized
feedback from certified teachers. From the basics of grammar to
essay writing, Time4Writing is designed to help students master the
art of writing at all levels. Courses are $99 each, and start daily.
Reading® is a comprehensive, research-based, 4-level reading program
complete with everything necessary to teach ALL children to read -
especially struggling readers. It includes literacy-rich activities
phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, sight words, and reading
comprehension. You can see a Homeschool.com product review here.
Virtual Schools of
Summer courses are
available now. VSOE provides homeschool students with high-quality,
college preparatory education. With over 100 courses, students
personalize their pace and program in an engaging online
environment. Part-time or full-time enrollment, faith-based options,
and career prep are available.