Recently I listened to the biography about Steve Jobs where he made an observation about ‘sales’ for us to chew on, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

I think he is on to something.  How much more our kids?  Why not compile a list of ‘possibilities’ for the summer…no one says you can or should do them all.  Sitting around bored or undirected is just a matter of no planning (at all).

Here’s a starter kit/example from an article online:

  1. Dance and picnic outside while listening to a band play in a park. (Free)
  2. Cruise the Fox River on a paddlewheel riverboat, boarding at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.
  3. Sign up for the Passport to Adventure program. Visit local museums and collect stamps for your “passport.”
  4. Sign up for your library’s reading program. (Free)
  5. Head to a nearby suburb and check out a new park. Use the “Great Parks!” series for suggestions, or just drive around until you see one that looks intriguigng. (Free)
  6. Picnic along the Fox River. (Free)

….the rest of the list is here: 64 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer


Now, I’ll throw in another possibility:  Start a blog and have the kids practice writing (or helping you phrase things as you write) describing your own list and activities and how it went / what you all discovered…this will keep them in shape for school with words and language (for help… The Writing Course ;-).  Blogs are really easy and you can post your links in Facebook or send them to friends / family by email.  No need for perfection…just get started. or WordPress or Tumblr should do the trick (always use discernment with your own family standards).

Post your ideas below to share with others.

Well, blessings,

Fred Lybrand



Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr.

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