I'm still stuck in May. Does that surprise anyone??
We went on vacation at the beginning of May so you can bet I have a lot of pictures to share. Soon.
I have (for the past few months) been preparing for our summer schedule.
We are almost done with our Math and reading programs. We already finished spelling, but I'm debating whether or not to keep it going through the summer on a new level or not.
For now we will just review, at least until mid July.
Our summer schedule is going to be short and sweet. For math we will review with games and activities.
I'm bringing out Family Math. A wonderful book with games for helping in math for all levels. The boys have always loved this book, and I can't wait to see what new games are in store for us this summer!
I'll be reading Ray's Arithmetic aloud to the boys while they work on our chalkboard wall. You can use it for free here.
I'm also going to purchase a few games to play weekly with the boys.
Speed, for multiplication review.
Zues on the Loose
and I'm bringing our Sum Swamp for teaching Brighton to add and subtract. Tristin loved this game at his age!
And then we have reading!!
I am so thrilled about this summer and all the reading activities we have lined up. I mean, really excited about this haha.
First of all, have you heard of Thriving Family? It's a magazine from Focus on the Family, and this summer they are offering a summer activity called Around the World in 60 Days. It's a free "trip" around the world! You'll have the opportunity to explore 27 different countries on six continents. For each day of the trip, they have a biblical lesson and an activity that will give you glimpse into another culture.
Along with that, I came across a FANTASTIC summer reading list all about adventure at Redeemed Reader!
Seriously, you do not want to miss this! They have a wonderful list of books and alternate books for all ages. Be sure to check out the current posts like this one, that include activities and journaling ideas.
I am going to buy or make a summer reading notebook for the boys. Hopefully it will be full of interesting and wild adventure by the end of the summer. And they would have learned history, geography, art, science, writing, and reading without really even knowing it! Pretty sneaky ;)
Some books and activities we will be reading and journaling this summer are:
We are going to read The Green Ship, and along with creating our kid friendly backyard I will be using Se7en's green ship inspiration. Oh my!
Around the World and will be doing the discussion questions and note booking ideas that I mentioned already.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Toot & Puddle Top of the World
Dodsworth series is so much fun.
The Middle of Somewhere (after Around the World)
The Penderwicks :A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (bedtime reading)
Mr. Poppers Penguins Audio CD
The Wind in the Willows
Mercy Watson (we sure love this pig!)
Continue our reading through Little Pilgrim's Progress. Tristin LOVES this book.
How God Used a Thunderstorm for family devotional.
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Capitan
My Father's Dragon Series
The boys are very big into constellations right now, so we will be spending most nights sitting outside looking and seeing what all we can find! I may pick up a copy of Find the Constellations.
They are also loving learning about birds (part 2 coming soon). I have an incredible bird app that we love to explore and listen to. And we will be reading the Burgess Bird Book on our kindle. Cards to go with the book. And these beautiful birds would be wonderful for nature journals or hanging on the wall.
If you follow me on instagram (Jeana B) you know that we were observing the sky one day. While doing that we talked about the clouds, rain, and then how a rainbow is made. It was so much fun just to sit on the back porch and discuss all of their interests! We then got the hose and made our own rainbow. They just loved it!
A Drop of Water look like a beautiful book I'd love to get my hands on.
On lazy days I am thrilled to have found The Magic School Bus episodes on netflix. Woohoo!
What are your plans for the summer? What's on your reading list?
I'm working on a book list for myself. I'll share that one when I'm done!
Have a great summer! Grab a glass of tea or lemonade, sit outside in the sunshine, and bring some books along!