Happy Summer, Friends!
Are you ready to have your little ones to yourself all day?! Are you excited about all of that down time that summer brings?
I'll be honest, I was a little nervous about my summer with three little ones (ages 5 1/2, almost 3 and 4 months) all to myself all. day. long...
The relaxed schedules and the free time could be a blessing or a curse. I could either sink or swim this summer... survive or thrive. I desperately wanted to thrive! I wanted to look back on this summer with fond memories and another smile wrinkle. What I needed was a plan. I prayed and asked the Lord to give me some creative ideas and a way to make our summer count. I can't wait to share with you what we came up with together.
I decided to call this our Super Smart Summer. It's not really a schedule or a curriculum. I can't exactly call this summer school, but it has a hint of all of that. We do activities whenever we have some down time based around a weekly theme.
We also have an incentive program that the kids love. They can earn stickers for doing things like...
- cleaning their room
- collecting the trash
- doing a worksheet
- reading a book
- writing a letter (to their grandparents, cousins, the troops etc.)
- sweep the garage
- wash the windows
- mop the kitchen (My 5 1/2 year old LOVED this! We used a Swiffer wet jet)
- having a good attitude
- being quick to obey
- practice writing numbers
- In the Garden (see below)
- Outer Space
- Little Critters/ Bugs
- Little Scientists
- Rainbows/ Colors
- Planes, Trains and Cars
- Fun on the Farm
- Beach Days
- Under the Sea
- Jungle Explorers
I've created a Pinterest Board with links to a lot of the activities that I've chosen and the rest have come out of my imagination. Each week I'll try to share a brief summary of what we're up to. When the summer is over I will link to all of these posts in the list above (so bookmark this post if you'd like to try to do this next summer.) I'd love for you to join us. What do you like, what needs improvement? I want to hear your thoughts. On to week one...
Super Smart Summer... "In the Garden" Week
-Watch a time lapse video of a plant/flower
-Visit a flower shop or nursery to learn about the parts of a flower
-Grocery store/ Farmers market to pick out new fruits and veggies
-Grow a sweet potato vine in a jar
-Plant some herbs
-Vote for Veggies- Examine, weigh and taste new veggies. Put it in a "Like" or "Don't Like" pile
-Letter Garden- Draw letters with sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk. When I call out the letter use the watering can (or spray bottle) to water that letter.
-Bean robots- glue beans on a picture of a robot
-New fruits and veggies