At the beginning of the summer I had such grand plans for how our summer learning was going to go...as usual. I had a chart written on the chalkboard that I'm sure looked impressive to everyone who stopped by and saw it. In spite of my best efforts to keep life simple, the "learning schedule" for the summer that I had envisioned us doing is not happening like I expected. But, my kids are still learning and growing and doing a lot of fun things. I admire my homeschooling friends who take the summer off because I understand that if you don't, if feels like you never, ever, ever get a break. And I admire my friends who don't take the summers off because if you stay on a routine the kids behave better and don't forget the things you've worked so hard to teach them.
My goal is to find the middle ground somewhere.
Read-Aloud book every day after lunch:
Trumpet of the Swan
Memorize a large passage of Scripture together (Sermon on the Mount)
(Ali can now change her diaper, pick out her clothes, get her dressed, fix her hair, and put her shoes on! And she loves doing it!)
Practicing writing their name
Reviewing ABC flashcards and MFW themes for each letter
Manuscript workbook to improve handwriting
Math flashcards practice
Just for Fun!
Crafts with Auntie! My aunt is a major crafter and she enjoys doing "Craft Days" with Ali where they work on projects and she spoils Ali rotten with candy, new outfits, lunch at a restaurant, etc.
Playing with Cousins! We spent a lot of time with little Jed before they moved to MO for their next missionary assignment, and they are excited to see David and Daniel when we visit MN.
Go to Yellowstone
Other Goals for Our Family
Continue to teach the kids cooking skills
Take the older kids to the Children's Museum
(We did a hotdog dinner and ketchup and mustard fight in white t-shirts which my photographer friend Whitney graciously photographed for us for free!)
Host a young ladies Tea Party and craft day for Ali and her friends
Complete the Identity Kits for each child that they were given at the safety rodeo