Summer Family Adventures Week 6

Week 6

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 6 goals:

Monday: Cooking with Math- Making Popsicles 

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

Wednesday: Life Skill Discovery-Water Safety at the Swimming Pool

Thursday: Sport’s Day-Born Learning Trail in Cartage, NC

Friday: Science Fun: Weymouth Center and Gardens

 

Family Adventure

Prepare for Camp

A Trip Back in Time

An impromptu trip to the local library in Houghton, MI lead way to a marvelous lesson in history, food and fun.

Last week, we traveled up to the Lake District of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  While out exploring and visiting with family, we stopped in to the local library. Invited to join in the history lesson at Portage Lake District Library, we met dynamic National Historic Park Ranger, Katie Keller. Ms. Keller captivated, entertained and taught us the history of immigrants of Cornwall England, what it was like to work underground in the copper minds and what unique heritage they brought to the area. During this particular lesson, the kids ages 4-12 learned how to make a Cornish Pasty, created their own with playdough and then were treated to the most delicious locally crafted pasty.

This local gem of a program is well worth the visit. Get a taste of the culture, customs and cheerful welcome of the community. Just check out some of the pictures from this most creative event.  Then, stop in and say hi to Chris and Katie.

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 4

Summer Family Adventures

Week 4

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 3 goals:

Monday: Sports Day at the Beach: Waterworks Public Beach in Calumet, MI

Tuesday: Exploring Science at a Gem Museum in Houghton, MI

Wednesday: 4th of July Fun – 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 

Thursday: Cooking with Math – and exploring art through gardening 

Friday: Life Skill Discovery- Fire Safety around Fireworks  check out this adorable video to help teach the safety of fireworks

Family Adventure

Summer Vacation

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

Summer Family Adventures Week 3

Summer Family Adventures

Week 3

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 3 goals:

Monday: Math Magic- Card Tricks from PBS!

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

Wednesday: 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

Thursday: Exploring Science  We are headed to a local park with friends hiking and exploring nature with friends.

Friday: Sports Day- Count Down/Count Up

  • 10-Jumping Jacks
  • 9- Burpees
  • 8-Sit-ups
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 6- Bear Crawls
  • 5- Pull-ups
  • 4- Forward punches
  • 3- Squats
  • 2- Yoga Poses
  • 1- 1 minute of plank
  • 2- Yoga poses
  • 3-Squats
  • 4-Kicks
  • 5-Swings
  • 6-Bear crawls
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 8 Sit ups
  • 9-Burpees
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

Family Adventure

Road Trip

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

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!!

 

Elf in Training- Day 2

Elf in Training Day 2

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Advent Adventures Day 2

We continue our advent adventures with Day 2. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 2 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Tell what you Love about each of your family members

  • Use a cheerful card or notepad and write down what you love about each of your family members.

2.  Volunteer your time.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Volunteer to wish the dishes.
  • Volunteer to help with laundry.
  • Volunteer to help in the community.

For kids this could be as simple as helping around the house or asking to do something other then their regular chores. For adults, look up a local food bank, cook a meal for new parents, help put wreaths/flowers at a memorial or look for someone who needs help out and about.

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Family Holiday Activity

Watch a Favorite Holiday Movie

It’s family movie night and what a better way to start the holiday season with a feel-good Christmas movie. With the weather chilly in Florida tonight, we are going to light a cozy fire, snuggle up with some blankets, pop some delicious popcorn and watch one of our favorite holiday family movies.  What’s one of your most treasured family Christmas movies?

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Workout Challenge

Two minutes of jump rope

Time for a quick warm up. Two minutes of jump rope is an excellent way to get my heart rate up before my regular workout.

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Family Adventures- Horseback Riding

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Family Adventures- 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. After researching affordable options in the Sandhills of North Carolina area, we found a wonderful location.

Beverly at Moore Equine Events was welcoming and so very patient with our children.  As she walked the kids through each step of the process, she kindly yet efficiently worked with each of their levels to groom, saddle and ride the pony. Throughout each ones time on the horse, she kept a continuous stream of conversation to ensure they were comfortable and at ease. Our kids sure enjoyed themselves as they learned how to be respectful, listen and follow directions.

Moore Equine Events caters to school events, birthday parties, pony rides and so much more.  Just check out their website for all they offer. We sure enjoyed our time at the farm.  If you are searching for a good location for horse riding lesson, I would highly recommend contacting Beverly to set up your visit.  Read below to hear how the kids enjoyed their adventure.  We will be back!

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray in the evening
  • wear appropriate clothing and foot attire (we made this mistake with our shoes).
  • Cash or Check
Family Rating for Moore Equine Events
  • My eight year old’s review, “That was so much fun!  I got to ride by myself and I learned how to groom a pony”.
  • My six year old’s review, “I love riding the pony and brushing him”.
  • My three year old’s review, “I rode a pony”!

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 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.

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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.