Looking for some summer fun??? Check out these FUN unit studies from Amanda Bennett. The Rocking Robot is one of my kids FAVORITE studies of all time! You can print them out OR use them on your Ipad. Just cuddle up on the couch and go!
This is a repost from June 2012 So...what do you do when its summer, triple digits outside and the kids are going stir crazy? I've found these books invaluable when weather (or dinner) keeps the kids indoor.
This one is out of print but you can borrow it with ILL.
The best thing I learned from these books was to have a busy can where you list on 3 x 5 cards things your kids can do without supervision so you can get something done and not turn on the TV babysitter. You can even let the kids decorate the can so they can have ownership of it. The other idea that I thought was great was a traveling bag that has things your kids can do in the car.
Go check these books out...you won't be sorry :)
and when all else fails...Pintrest! Look up summer fun and tada! instant stuff to do.
And they end up in all the Baby Bears' itty bitty containers!! Then back to the white container.
All of the school age children have their own jar and set of sticks with their color. (Of course Mary isn't 'school age' yet but she's still old enough to know if she's being left out!) At the beginning of the day all the sticks are in my container. In the morning I place each child's sticks in their jar. Written on each stick are their various school subjects and chores that I would have them do that day. When they have completed what is on a stick they simply place it back into my container. In this way, I can see at a glance who has finished and who hasn't. Plus, another bonus about the sticks that paper check lists don't have is the convenience of putting into the jars only subjects and chores I wish for them to accomplish for the day. For example, if I have plans of an outing later in the afternoon I may only put half of their sticks in their jars. If we plan on a long day at home it may get more!! This works especially well for our weekly subjects. Science, geography, poetry, biography, and history are not done every day of the week and are normally taught by me with all the children together. It also helps keep me to be accountable to see to the weekly core subjects because if it's in the jar then they will expect me to get the class taught so they can "check" it off!!