Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Plans

Now this is the kind of transition that I enjoy. No school and summer hasn't officially started. It's time to catch up on all those things that I've pushed aside, but need some attention. And I might get some blogging and reading done, too:)

It's incredible to me that the summer calendar is already filling up. Sean will be gone or working most weeks this summer. There's 4-H, basketball camp, family reunions, work, my IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) exam, and the dude ranch vacation.

Between all of that I'm looking forward to some down time and some structured activities. Here's what's on our agenda:

-I'm giving the kids a reading list this summer. They can choose from either the Newberry Award winners or the Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees and Winners. I've already nixed some of them. I'm a mom. I censor.

-The summer reading program

-Kid's Bowl For Free will be great for rainy days or days that you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.

-We are going to be reading one Magic Tree House Book/Magic School Bus a week and doing some sort of activity around the topic for the younger kids. Lydia already completed the book on whales. She checked out books about dolphins and whales and really did a great job making learning fun for everybody.

- We are hoping to check out some state parks nearby and Park patch programs.
It's been a few years since we've done this and the program has changed some, so that should be fun. Maybe we'll even branch out and go camping.

- Some kids would do well to keep up on some academic skills, so I'm proposing a learning hour each day that we are home. This would be a time for some to play math games, spelling practice, Rocket Phonics and handwriting (somehow we ended up very weak on that this school year.)

And that should do it. I know that this summer is going to fly by as it always does.

What are your summer plans? Tell me, how do you keep your summers relaxed, yet structured.


jennie said...

We are going to start "chore" lists. Taylor uses a list at school so I am going to implement that at home. Each child will have their assigned tasks that will include chores and some sort of school work.
We will see how it goes. When the list is complete we will do something fun. That might be Bowl for free, some water activity, or some thing else.
I am also hoping to send the kids up to there beds for an hour in the afternoon while Connor is napping so that mom can have some down time.

BTW what was that math computer program you were telling me about?

Heather L. said...

thanks for the good ideas. I'm going to check out the book lists.