Summer Family Adventures Week 5

Week 5

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 5 goals:

Monday: Life Skill Discovery: Writing Thank you Letters

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Math Fun: Making Rock Candy  page 28 of the book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids

Thursday: Foaming Slim Page 46 of the Book, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids 

Friday: Sports Day, Family Bike Ride

Family Adventure

Zoo Trip: A quick trip to a local Zoo make for a fun and easy adventure:

 

Aloha Safari Zoo 

North Carolina Zoo

 

Summer Family Adventures Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Math & Money – Building on our life skill discovery last week, we will price and shop for $ store finds with money earned from their chore chart last week learning about tax and estimation.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery Beat the Heat and Be a Hero! I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) 2 Minute Home Fire Drill, Create an ICE Card (Learn your phone number, parents names-not just Mom and Dad plus address, Be a Hero Online Games for Kids , Disaster Checklist for Parents ,

Wednesday: Exploring Science–The Weymouth Nature Center and picnic lunch not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope and it’s FREE!!

Thursday: Sports Day Tabata Kids! Why not squeeze a little workout in with our kids!!

Friday: Art Class-  Painting on Ice Beat the Summer Heat with this COOL project!

 

Weekend Project: Fishing!!

 

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 11 Adventures!

Monday: Cooking with math-This week I’m hosting a Bon Cook online event.  So, I have goal to cook a sweetie daily. My kids love to help me cook so they will be measuring and blending ingredients.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery- Building Home Plant Terrariums– We will post pictures and directions once we have made our creations.

Wednesday: Art Class- Edible Paint Projects- I’m creating a new recipe so I’ll post once we try and love!

Thursday: Exploring Science– Last week we found a local place to explore and discover science. The Weymouth Nature Center not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope. We will be headed back there this week.

Friday: Sports Day  7 minute Superhero Workout  My kids are in love with this workout!  Plus, my youngest received a bike for this birthday. The family has enjoyed a family bike ride daily

Family Adventure

Family Jam Session- Musical Fun!

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Mining for Gems

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Mining for Gems

Exploring Science

Tucked Away in the quaint town of Aberdeen, NC is a family adventure “gem”.  Perfectly priced, family oriented and full of fun, Jims, Gems and Gold LLC was a unique way to explore science. Yesterday morning, our family visited this creative venue.  With a cute gift shop filled with jewelry crafted on site and a personal staff, we felt welcomed right on arrival. Mr. Jim then lead us outside to choose our buckets of gems to be filtered.  Giving each kid a sifter tray, a shovel and a plastic bag for their treasures, he then demonstrated the process of mining for gems.  Excitement was evident as the kids sifted through scoops of earth uncovering a variety of gems. The process was so easy and fun, we ended up buying a second bucket just to unearth more.  Throughout the process, Mr. Jim stayed with us to assist and identify unearthed gems.  Good with our kids and easy to visit with, Mr. Jim made our adventure even more enjoyable.

Jims, Gems and Gold LLC caters to school events, birthday parties and families on an adventure.  We sure enjoyed our new found treasure.  If you are in the neighborhood or traveling to the Sandhills/Pinehurst area, I would highly recommend stopping in for a visit.  We will be back.

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen- the mining area was shaded
  • Cash, Check or Card
Family Rating for Jims, Gems and Gold LLC
  • My eight year old’s review, “Finding gold and gems was awesome!”
  • My six year old’s review, “That was fun, I meet a new friend and saw books to match my gems”.
  • My three year old’s review, “Fun, I found gems”.

Summer Family Adventures Week 9

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Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 9 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class3D Art.  From our collection of recycled goodies and boxes we will create 3 Dimensional Art

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery with cooperative teamwork; each child will choose a game to play as we work as a family to avoid disagreements and problem solve.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Time to get out and rides our bikes/scooters around the neighborhood.

Thursday: Money and Time On the Hour. Using chalk and boxes, we will create large analog clocks and use our bodies to practice time on the hour. Skip Counting by 5s and 10s will be our money work for the girls.

Friday: Exploring Science. An adventure awaits at Jim’s Gems and Gold where our three will mine for gold and treasure.

Family Adventure

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Horseback Riding 

Last summer, on our road-trip through South Dakota,  we traveled to see family in the Black Hills. A highlight of that adventure was horseback riding at their ranch. So, when asked what they wanted to do this summer, our  kids requested a horseback ride. Currently, I’m researching affordable options in the Sandhills of North Carolina area. Pictures of our adventure hopefully to come soon!

Summer Family Adventures Week 8

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Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 5 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class. Handprint Art.  From our Collection of Art, Cooking & Life Skills of On my Own Cards, the kids will follow the directions to create Handprint Hedgehogs.

Tuesday: Cooking with Math Time to make healthy cookies!. I’ll let the kids choose from one our sweet tooth picks on this weeks menu.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Since our move, we are on the quest to find a new martial arts school for our oldest and the other two would like to also try.  Today they will all get a workout at the gym.

Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter.  Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author to write to and we will turn it into a fun life skill project. Check out this week’s posting on which authors were chosen.

Friday: Exploring Science. Exploring Science, we may head up to the local city and try out one the science museums today.

Family Adventure

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Blues Cafe or Museum!  

With our recent move, and all the crazy that goes with a transition, sticking to our activity schedule was a challenge.  So, we have some catching up to do on our Summer Wish List. This week we are going to try and head to a local museum and head to the Blue Cafe for our family adventures.

Summer Family Adventures- July

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Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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These are our Summer Goals (A line through them means we have already accomplish):

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, I created a beach scene that will later be used for a fun game board and reading chart.

Daily Challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Summer Family Adventures:Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move. Family Trip Packing List

Tuesday: Exploring Science Discover a local beach and learn about the creatures who call that habitat home.

Wednesday: Music Break– Practice on the ukulele and guitars, begin to learn the basics of reading music.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.

Friday: Cooking with Math. Measuring out Trail Mix for our Road Trip.

Family Adventure

Road Trip

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On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week and meet the newest family member a sweet little boy.  The kids are sure excited to have some cousin playtime and we can’t wait to see my brother and sister-in-law!

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

June 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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Summer Goals:

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.

This week's daily challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Week 1 Adventures

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Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.

Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.  Today is also the oldest birthday!

Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help.  However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure

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Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked.  We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit.  We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.

 

Ocean Analogies & Other Science Fun

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Florida: Peninsula :: Hawaii: Island

Living so close to the beach allows us to play with comparisons and analogies.  Over the last two weekends we have ventured out to our local beaches where my three babies quickly noticed the differences from Florida to Hawaii. Ask them which one they prefer and they will instantly say Hawaii but then just as quickly amend that our beaches are just as amazing.

White sandy beaches along the Emerald Coast allows for a stunning contrast and a  welcome escape.  While Hawaii has cove beaches and a peaceful landscape that evokes tranquility. Anyway you look at it, both are gorgeous landscapes that are enjoyed especially right now in winter.  Here are some of the comparisons the kids have made.

  • Destin, Florida: White Sands vs. Kauai, Hawaii: Brown Sands

  • Florida: Palm Trees vs .Hawaii: Coconut Palms

  • Florida: Seagulls vs. Hawaii: Macaws (in a local hotel)

  • Florida: Long Flowing Beach Grass vs. Hawaii: Lava Rocks

  • Florida: Long Stretches of Beaches vs. Hawaii: Rocky Cove Beaches

  • Florida: Dolphins vs. Hawaii: Whales

  • Florida: Cold water in winter vs. Hawaii: Warm water in winter

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During our most recent trip to Hawaii we looked at many different comparisons to give the kids a sense of wonder and amazement at the difference they find in the world around them.  One such science lesson had us exploring a pond verses ocean life.  As we researched the pond, we watched a variety of different animal and plant life.  We examined the size of ponds & lakes and compared them to oceans and then analyzed salt verses fresh water.

Near the  Opaeka’a Falls and down a steep road is the little reconstructed Hawaiian village of Kamokila.  This little gem was a favorite for our family.  Guided by Ilima, this lovely artist took us on a personal tour of the village, playing her ukulele as we walked and explored each hut.  Much history was learned as she entertained us with stories about island life.  While on our peaceful tour we discovered the joy of learning without walls by sampling food off the trees, playing games, learning about local history and past plant based medicine (this sure helped with the pesky mosquito bites). This little village gave us the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast historical lifestyle with current practices.

Other science activities that our kids enjoyed on the island:

Kauai Coffee Plantation: Excellent self-guided or docent lead tours

Kauai Plantation Railway: Tour lead by an adorable train through the orchard.

Allerton Gardens : Well worth the entry fee, this garden with it’s rich history and gorgeous views is a garden tour that even our youngest enjoyed.

Salt Pond: Although not currently opened, the children were able to see the salt beds and get an idea of how it was cultivated.

Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast  Stunning landscape, makes this day trip well worth the drive.  Someday it would be fun to take an arial tour or boat trip out of see the coast.  With our young children, it didn’t happen this time.  However, the views are not to be missed, from the lookouts.

Kauai Luau: My kids one request was to take their dad to a luau.  The dancing, artistry and food was a hit with the whole family.  Learning about traditions, comparing the food and making precious memories made the experience so worth while.

Many discovery are made when learning without walls. In the next couple posts, I will blog my kids 10 ten must see/do things around the island of Kaua’i.