Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Labor Day: What I did on my Summer Vacation

Remember my Summer Bucket List I made on Memorial Day? Well, here is the list again, with the things we accomplished crossed out. How was your summer?

Make a countdown to summer banner.

Write messages in note cards stick them in balloons and send them off
Play with Zentangles

Make no-sew T-Shirt bags.

Send 13 oz. or less mail
Go to the water park
Go fishing

Give each child a disposable camera and a blank book and tell them to document their life for a week..or two

Practice wood carving

Have a sleepover on the trampoline
Make watermelon sorbets in lime shells
Go roller-skating
Go Bowling
Go to the Farmer's market
Have a first day of summer part
Take advantage of the summer foods and grilling.
Make sunprints

Go to a pirate festival.

Make/Go on a Scavenger hunt
Go to Sonic for half-priced shakes
Have fun with Family Game nights.
Go stargazing or watch a meteor shower...if there is one this summer.
Make a kaleidoscope
Make Tie dye T-shirts
Play games in the backyard
Make an art journal
Go to Amazon Fullfillment Center.
Play volleyball at the beach
Make bottlecap necklaces

Catch fireflies

Have a pizza party with a Make-Your-Own Pizza bar and a Make-Your-Own Fruit Pizza bar for dessert

Go to a museum (Air Mobility Command Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, Goddard Visitor's Center NASA)
Play with balloons

Go to a National park...Jr. Ranger program?
Crack marbles in the oven, and perhaps make jewelry out of them

Make hemp cord bracelets
Make Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments for Christmas in July 
Have a waffle bar 
Make Watermelon Treat Packets
Make beaded spiders 
Make handmade soap with shells, etc. in them 
Visit my dear sister-in-law and best friend, Brenda.
Make beach sand candles 
Make shell prints 
Have a picnic on the beach 
Play games at the beach 
Go to Ms Pat's Pre-Bastille Day Party.
Make macrame candle holders and hang them. Light them at night. 
Transfer pictures to tiles
Have a sundae bar.
Have a cake decorating party 

Have a 20th birthday party for Alex 
Fly in a plane with Young Eagles 
Drive-in movie or Movie night  (Holes)
Go camping 
Preserve a spider web 
Make an origami boat 
Make bread clay 
Go to China town or Little Italy? 
Have a bonfire
Go swimming 
Send a message in a bottle 
Light a dandelion on fire 
Celebrate the 4th of July.
Take photos from a photo booth 
Make indestructible bubbles 
Make a kite 
Fly a kite 
Have Brown Cows, Black Cows and other Ice Cream Sodas.
Teach Sam and Katie how to drive
Go to a restaurant with a group of friends  (Does two count as a group?)
Go Puddle jumping 
Take the Fort Miles Lantern Tour
Find a four leaf clover 
Sleep under the stars 
Make a watermelon cake.
Buy an underwater camera and take photos 
Build sandcastles 
Take easels down to the beach and paint 
Make freezer paper stencils
Have a Seafood Boil.
Make a leaf bowl 
Make walking sticks.
Go see a play (South Pacific).
Make tin box scene magnets for the fridge from a mint's tin 

Make homemade cookies using a new recipe. (These are not exactly homemade, but with a little help from Pillsbury, we made these sand dollar cookies.)
Have a cookies and milk bar with pink milk, banana milk, chocolate milk, vanilla milk.... 
Go on lots of picnics
Glo-stick hide and seek 
Go on nature walks 
Make lanterns 
Make a beachy picture frame 
Make a gift for friends 
Make lots of s'mores.
Make balloon and sand juggling balls 
Make a summer banner.
Create a backyard sign of places we've traveled to. 
Camp in a yurt 
Go to South Mountain.
Make floating candles 
Make glue batik
Go letterboxing 
Make a backyard chalkboard 
Make our own personalized mugs with Sharpies 
Take a moonlit walk in PJ's 
Start a collection and keep it all summer 

Have a backyard campout
Doodle on rocks 
Do pendulum painting 
Paint with condensed milk 
Put in and attend to a vegetable garden
Have a garden party...eat dinner outside 
Make a pond in a barrel 
Get snowcones from an ice cream truck at the beach 
Go to Great Falls/Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
Make a sand pile and a rock pile in the backyard 
Spray Garden stones with glow in the dark paint so that they will glow at night 
Play with ice when it is hot
Raise silkworms 
Let paper lanterns go 
Have fun with the rock tumbler.
Take a summer park tour of all the parks in the area and have popcorn in the park one day and do science experiments at the park another day. Leave coins on the playground for children to find after we are gone. 
Make a bean teepee or a sunflower house 
Play with sidewalk chalk 
Make a firepit 
Go to Antietam/Sharpsburg, MD
Make an outdoors pulley 
Make a bamboo wind chime 
Make a waterwall 
Celebrate James 13 1/2 birthday
Paint with marbles 
Go to a pet shop just for fun 
Go to Red Robin.
Make a tin can howler 
Make a fort in the woods or backyard 
Go to a Renaissance Fair 
Go to a Western Themed park 
Have a tea time taste test 
Play games with rocks...how many can we come up with? 
Camp in a Treehouse.
Make a hovercraft 
Learn screenprinting 
Go to Harper's Ferry.
Make floating boat luminaries to float at night 
Make wire sculptures 
Get a dog 
Make Alcohol Ink Drink Coasters
Make an embroidered painting 
Go to an Art Museum (Anne Marie Garden and Arts Center).
Eat Popsicles IN the swimming pool. 
Become acquainted with three local birds. 
Make a summer table decoration.
Go on an “Early Bird” adventure. Get up at the crack of dawn, stay dressed in PJs for a sunrise picnic breakfast and walk on the beach. 
Go on one-on-one adventures with each child. Have them pick the destination. 
Catch frogs. 
Make shrinky-dink rings 
Do textured coloring 
Make plaster dipped flowers 
Visit a Lighthouse (Drum Point Lighthouse, Maryland)
Make lavender wands 
Make beach houses with shell roofs 
How many different natural places can we go this summer? Stream, ocean, fields, mountains, woods, pond.... 

For more Summer Fun ideas, check out my Summer Bucket List board on Pinterest.


  1. What an awesome list of activities that you've managed to do in the summer!

  2. Oh my gosh!! What an awesome summer and I love the way you documented it.

  3. Looks like you did pretty awesome on that list. I especiallye njoyed seeing hte pictures.

    Oh, and I love the fireworks pictures.

  4. I wanted to add- I was going to post a "list blog" without pictures but after seeing this, I had to go back through my files and add them in. I always love your photos.


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