Summer opportunities for homeschoolers in 2015

summer opportunities for homeschoolers

We have a number of summer opportunities for KC-area homeschoolers! See the ones we’ve compiled in this list (and add your own in the comments below). NOTE: Fees are involved for many of these programs.

Summer programs and workshops, grades K-12

  • Girls Researching Our World (GROW) summer workshop at K-State (June 3-5). This is designed for all students in sixth through eighth grades. The goal is to increase girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. More info is offered here.
  • Exploring Science, Technology and Engineering (EXCITE) summer workshop at K-State (June 3-5). Like the GROW program but for grades 9-12, this is designed to encourage and support students to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agriculture. More info is offered here.
  • Camp Wornall/Majors summer camps (starting from June 1 and ending July 31). These camps use interactive activities and experiences to introduce children to an exploration of daily life on the frontier 150 years ago. More info is offered here.
  • Poplar Heights Living Farm. This farm and nature conservancy in Missouri features several events over the summer to preserve the area’s past and offer fun educational opportunities. Upcoming activities include a summer living history festival and log cabin dedication, archery day and outdoor cooking class. More info is offered here.
  • Theatre for Young America. TYA offers a range of hands-on workshops from preschool through 12th grade. All summer workshops present a public performance at the end of the workshop. More info is offered here.
  • LEARN Science and Math Club. The club’s all-volunteer staffers work to give children ages 5-14 experience playing with robots, developing video games and doing lots of other fun (and secretly educational) projects in its summer camps. More info is offered here.
learn club
Photo courtesy of the LEARN club.

Summer courses

  • Summer Youth Enrichment Programs at Johnson County Community College. For children grades 6-12, these enrichment programs feature a range of classes, including science, computers, performing arts, languages and sports. More info is offered here.
  • Philfour online summer courses. This course site offers free summer math, physics and programming classes, along with free SAT Math Prep videos. Classes include videos, graded homework, graded exams,
    discussion forums and chat rooms. Summer classes begin May 18 and end on Aug. 14. Weekly live tutoring is also available for a fee. More info is offered here.
  • David Byers’ online summer courses. This college professor and homeschool dad features numerous courses in English, social sciences, and natural sciences for grades 7-12. More info is offered here.

Summer opportunities for young ones

  • Rhyming to Reading, through Children’s Mercy Hospital. This class session is for children at least 4 years who have not entered first grade. It’s a play-based program that teaches early reading skills through sight, hearing and touch. There is a fee for your child to participate. More info is offered here.

Summer ministry activities

  • Summer missionary training programs for pre-teens and teens. The Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Kansas City Area has a Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) and Jr. CYIA program where young people can impact children for eternity and have their own life changed. Many of its participants come from homeschool families. More info is offered here.
  • Summer of Service with Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City. This eight-week program is hosted by the Y and is for youth ages 11-18. Each service project lasts four days and includes ice-breakers, team-builders, volunteering, and service-learning lessons. More info is offered here.

Check out more activities and opportunities (many offered year-round) on this page, and  add your own favorite summer opportunities in the comments below!

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