I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing more of the joy in life! Since I like to share and encourage others and since writing encourages me and helps me hold on to beauty, I’m going to be sharing nuggets of our homeschooling experience & the fun things we do here. I want to cling to the good things a little deeper in the process!
We are finishing up school this week and as we do so I am getting geared up for some summer fun! This year I’m going to try and be a little more intentional. Summers are a time when kids lose so much of what they learned. I’m a firm believer of continuing the learning process throughout the summer because I’ve seen students lose it all and as a public school teacher, I’d spend the first 4-8 weeks reteaching everything from the year prior before I could teach new skills. So, we will be doing a Summer Bridge Book every day. It’s one workbook page (front and back) for 50 days. It has a combination of skills to review and maintain! It’s independent and easy to implement! Kylie will also practice piano and read for 20 mins (at least) every day and practice +/- facts every day, too! We will do a fun intentional learning activity together a couple days a week (art, crafts, physical activity, educational games, spanish practice, outdoor games, investigations & journaling, science experiments, baking, serve others, lemonade stands, etc). I’ve written a bunch of things down on index cards that would be fun to do together. So I have something to pick from! It took a few hours to sort through sites online and come up with ideas, but I know it will be worth being intentional to make memories with my kiddo! (P.S. I’m going to let her add some ideas, too!) All in all, she should be done in less than an hour each day! Some days it might be 30 mins…some days a little more, but a system will help me to be intentional and to make sure we don’t get too lazy!
I’ve also decided to create an “I’m Bored!” jar with a bunch of fun things she can do independently or with a little help from me. Yay to trying new things!!
Here’s some links to fun activities to do this summer! Enjoy!!!
15 Science Experiments: http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/search/label/Mad%20Science%20Theme
75 Kid Activities: http://cuegly.blogspot.com/2011/09/75-kid-activities.html
Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint: http://www.theidearoom.net/2010/07/sidewalk-chalk-paint.html
Sidewalk Chalk Math & Reading Activities: http://momitforward.com/math-reading-sidewalk-chalk-activities
40 Activities with Blocks/Legos: http://handsonaswegrow.com/2012/03/lots-of-blocks-activities.html
And the grand finale…a gazillion things to do: http://itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com/2012/04/gotta-see-fun-summer-activities-to-keep.html