Engaging Summer

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As a mama of three I have to prepare myself for the long summer days. I like to look at the summer months as a time for me to intentionally engage my kids. Idle time creates chaos in our home. My kiddos thrive on a schedule and routine. So, I want to share with you what our summer months look like in hopes it will help some of you!


DEVOTIONS

My kids LOVE our devotions in the morning. It centers them and me. After breakfast and morning chores I gather the kids and we read from the book Hinds Feet on High Places. We read, discuss what we read and they write in their journals as well as draw a picture. They love this time together in the morning!

ENGAGING THE MIND

My kids NEED to have their minds engaged. Learning is fun and we make it even more fun in the summer months. They get to work towards “treats” which can be anything from outings to picking out a toy at the dollar tree. We spend at least an hour a day doing “summer school” which consists mostly of math, reading and reviewing things like site words and math facts. Below are the resources we are using and loving!

Math: Summer Bridge Activities Books(Rising 1st Grader & Rising 2nd Grader)/ Math Facts Cards

Read Aloud: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane/ The Kings Equal/ Charlottes Web/ Lon Po Po/ The Egyptian Cinderella/ A Chair for My Mother/ The Gardener/ Mrs. Katz and Tush

Individual Readers for the Kids: Magic Tree House Series/ Nate the Great and the Phony Clue/ I Can Read Readers/ Heroes for Young Readers Series/ Julian Rothman Collection


Toddler Activities

There are days it is hard to focus on “summer school” while having a disruptive toddler. I try to engage our youngest in the midst of helping the older two kiddos. Here are some things I have found my little one loves to do while the big kids do school work!

Building Blocks

Water Color Painting

Play Doug

Write and Learn Creative Center

Word Puzzle

Water Wow Books

STEM TOY ACTIVITIES

We love stem toys! They are great tools to help engage your children’s minds while still playing! We like to set up three stations. Each child starts at one station and the timer is set. They have to try and create something within the allotted time (usually between 15-20 minutes) before rotating! It is a fun game the kids love! Below are some of our favorite STEM toys!

Magnetic Tiles

Grippies

Lite-Brite

Kinesthetic Sand

Wooden Blocks


I hope you find this post helpful! If you have other summer ideas please comment below! I always am eager to hear how others structure their summer days!





AJ