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Keep Kids Busy this Summer

Summer Rules

Looking for ways to keep kids “edutained” this summer? Here are my favorites:

4th of July Ice Pops

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

Rose from Light for Life just had a great blog post about popsicles.  (See Lemon Lime Pops for a Hot Summer Day.)  I too, recently treated myself to a popsicle mold set.

This summer my goal is to have “Never Have to Ask” popsicles in the freezer at all times.  That means, there will be healthy treats at the ready that my kids can eat whenever they want.

Here’s what I’m freezing for Fourth of July:

  • blueberries, and a tiny bit of maple syrup on the bottom
  • a little bit of whole milk
  • strawberry and coconut water puree on top


Staying Sane Over Summer Break

Summer vacation is finally upon us and I’m ready with a plan. First off, our priorities:

  1. Play outside
  2. Play inside
  3. Go places
  4. Read
  5. Rest
  6. Afterschooling
  7. Screen Time

There are 24 hours in the day, so having my 7 year old do about an hour of school work a day is not a big deal to me. Formally, we are going to do my A STEM Summer plans. Informally, I have this nifty system worked out where my son has to jump through hoops and cluck like a chicken if he wants to play Lego Nijago on the computer. Okay, so I’m joking about the chicken part!  But I’m not kidding about jumping through hoops:

All of the supplies are in Bruce’s blue basket, lined with clothespins for each activity. This is a modified version of a really cool idea I gleaned from Morning Hugs and Goodnight Kisses.

After Bruce completes each activity, he can drop the corresponding clothespin in the Fourth of July Jar.

Then, when computer times starts at 7 pm in our house, he has time “in the bank” to play.

No arguments over the computer + extra learning = Afteschooling actually making my life easier!

Afterschooling Update

It’s the middle of August and we have been having long, lazy summer days around the house.  Jenna (25m) has been reading books, playing in her playhouse, building with bricks and “playing letters” with her Word Whammer.  We continue to write a Morning Message each day, and have been reading and making Homemade Books.  She is not impressed with the new Consonant Vowel Consonant books at all!

Bruce (6) has been building with Legos, reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as well as lots of Calvin and Hobbes, playing with the hose in the backyard, and trying to convince my husband to take him on a climb of Mt. St. Helens so that Bruce can collect volcanic ash and make concrete like the ancient Romans.  (ie. we’ve been listening to Story of the World a lot too!) 

I’ve also been letting Bruce play Clue Finders Third Grade Adventures, which is pure edutainment and not nearly in the same category as Reader Rabbit 2nd grade math.

When we can get Jenna to miraculously take a nap, Bruce and I are working on All About Spelling Level 2, which I will be blogging about soon.  We are also just starting into the Greek section of my SLE Inspired Reading List.  Bruce has slowed down a bit with Right Start Level D.  He has done about 34 pages this summer, but now is pretty bored with it.  Life of Fred Cats and Life of Fred Dogs have arrived in the mail today, and so I’m going to switch him over to those for fun.  The math concepts will all be review for him, but I want him to enjoy math.