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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Summer Family Adventures Week 10

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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 10 Adventures!

Monday: Sports Day  7 minute Superhero Workout We are going to try a new app I just heard about that takes kids on missions while they exercise.

Tuesday: Eating Fractions During snack time, we will divide yummy foods and learn about fractions in a real-world setting.

Wednesday: Exploring Science– We will explore science in our own backyard with this scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt

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Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Drawing a birthday notes and thank you cards. Our youngest has his birthday this week and gifts have already arrived.  Starting early, I want my kids to show they are thankful treats by sending thank you cards.

Friday: Art Class Painting with Ice Cubes.  I’m creating a new recipe so once we try it and love it, I’ll feature it on the blog.

Family Adventure

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Water Day  

Today we will grab our swimsuits, Buckets, Water Guns and Water Balloons and enjoy a water day! Looking for a way to bring water to your own party, check out Home Depot’s Blog on  PVC Pipe Sprinklers and games.

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.

 

Elements & Dragons

Elements & Dragons Birthday Party

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Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations  and a couple creative games for the kids to play.

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Dragon's Quest

Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle.  Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.

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This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.

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  1. Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water  in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
  2. Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
  3. Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
  4. For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller

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A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller.  For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version.   The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon.  There are also a couple of movement prompts.  Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.

  • To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.

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  • Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity.  Repeat as often as you want.

Adventure Map Clues

Adventure Map

Invite

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May Hands-on-Learning

May Hands-on-learning

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Looking for creative ways to practice spelling and making words this month? Check out these quick and easy projects.

Pool Noodles

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A friend of mine tagged me on this interactive learning post from Planning Playtime.   I loved the creativity of this project and I decided to give it a try. This craft was sure easy to adapt to my preschool, kindergarten and 2nd grade learners.  For my oldest, who is working with common word endings, I wrote her suffixes on a green pool noodle, vowels on pink and consonants on blue. She then used my equalizer sports bars to organize and spell her words. My middle girl, spelled words with blue (consonants) and pink (vowels) noodles and our youngest matched uppercase with lowercase letters.

My Takeaways:

  • Quick, easy and inexpensive to make
  • Find the pool noodles at Walmart or your local $ store
  • Use larger noodles; smaller ones tend to tear easy.
  • For ease of cutting noodles, use a serrated bread knife.
  • Only keep the letters out needed for your lesson. To many letters were scattered about and my kids struggled to stay on task.
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Legos

Another project I created was using large Duplex Legos to form words.  My oldest matched root words to suffixes.  Additionally these legos could be used for CVC or larger word blends.

My Notes:

  • Use an Expo or vis-a-vis to write words/letters
  • smaller Legos could be for patterns or additional word making activities
Clothes Pins

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Another matching activity, that my oldest loved, was pinning the suffix on the root word.

  • Use masking tape to write letters onto clothespins so they can be reused.
  • Use cardstock or notecards, something with a bit more weight, to write the words. This will help the clothespins hold.

Magic Word Art

Magic Word Art!!

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This engaging activity was a joy to put together.  After designing a couple of spring themed pictures, I was considering ways to incorporate spelling and word practice.  With the help of my white crayon, inspiration hit.  I wrote their words and letters on the the printed spring themed papers.  I then handed each of our kids a “blank” paper and asked them to paint.  The pure delight of each child was evident as they revealed letter, words and creative designs.  For an art and literacy center, use this fun technique to practice a variety of skills.  Here are few that we used:

Inchworm: My preschooler identified upper and lower case letters while my Kindergartner worked on her sight words.  My 2nd grader worked on her spelling words.

Flower Power: Using the heart flower petals, I wrote each letter for my 2nd grader to practice blending her spelling words.  On the vase, I placed the spelling pattern to help identify the words and decorated with a few embellishments.

Fireflies: For my kindergartner, I place sight words on the wings and thorax of this little critter.

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