Summer Learning Schedule

We’re all in full swing of summer and so far no one has uttered the words, “I’m bored!”We’ve been trying to stay busy and keeping Jala learning this summer has been going well thus far.I created a Summer Learning Schedule to keep us on task.

If, you haven’t created a schedule yet to stay on task, check out ours and feel free to use it or use as an inspiration to create your own. We’re doing summer learning 4 days a week. The other days are either family time or free time. I wanted to make sure a gave room for spontaneous activities. After all it’s SUMMER!

Another fun activity you can do this summer and during the school year is our Mathematical Block Challenge. A great activity to maintain and increase their math skills over the summer.

So, have you and the kids been staying active this summer with learning activities? Share with us what you’ve been up to in the comments section.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Summer Learning: Mathematical Block Challenge

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School is out, summer vacation is in full affect and it won’t be long before we hear our little one’s say, “I’m bored!” So, to keep that from happening I have a few projects planned to keep Jala active and learning this summer.

Mathematical Block Challenge 

The project I’ll like to share with you today is a Mathematical Block Challenge.You’ll only need a few items and this game can be played over and over by any child and any age.


Tools

5- Blocks (4 of the same color and 1 different color. These blocks are purchased from the Dollar Tree with Dry Erase areas where we will write numbers & mathematical symbols)

Permanent Marker or Dry Erase Marker

Hour Glass Timer (Optional)

First thing to do is to write numbers 1- 6 on one block.

On the second block write 7-12

 

You’re going to do the same thing to the second set of blocks as well.You should have 2 blocks with 1-6 and 2 blocks 7-12.

The last block which is the different color block we’e going to write mathematical symbols.Depending on the age of your child will determine how many symbols you’ll have to write.As the mathematical skills increase you can add more symbols.

How to play the game?

This is where you can change the rules and have fun, but remember to keep the rules consistent.Here is how we played the game.

The child will roll the odd color block and that is the block with the mathematical symbols on it.Then he/she will roll one of the (in our case) red blocks and last the second red block.Here we have…

9 – 2 = ?

They will continue this process or take turns if you have multiple children.

How do you use the timer?

The timer is a 2 minute timer.Begin the timer and let the child answer as many equations they can in 2 minutes (optional).Again, if you have multiple children playing, you can add another dimension to the game by taking score. Ready, Set & Go!

                                Jala                 James

Round 1                    3                       2

Round 2                   4                       5

Round 3                   4                       3

Total                       11                     10

Looking for some fun learning activities to challenge your learners this summer?Try the Mathematical Block Challenge.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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What’s In My Daughter’s Swim Bag

This week my youngest will begin swim lessons at a nearby swim school.  Sadly, in our family my husband is the only one that knows how to swim.  My two oldest can barley swim which to me counts for not being able to swim.

The swim school she’ll attend has swimming lessons all year round and I’m excited about that because it will help her become a strong swimmer.  While making sure she had everything she needs for swim class I think I threw in everything, but the kitchen sink.  In the video below I’ll share everything she has in her bag.  If you think I left anything out be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Marriage and The Family: Brookfield Zoo 2014

I think the last visit we took to the zoo, I was pregnant with my youngest.  Brookfield Zoo was on our schedule for this week’s summertime family outing.

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Last week I picked up passes from our local library.  The passes covered two people, my husband and I.  So, we only had to pay for my son and daughter.  The forecast said rain all day, but it only rained the night before and on our way there.  The weather was beautiful.  Not too hot and not too cold. 

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This little fella right here put on a branch swinging show.

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You don’t go to the Zoo often, right?  However, Jala was attracted to this.

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Really?  We can go here anytime.  We had a good time with a lot of walking.  I fell asleep on the way home! And took a nap when we made it home.  I was wore out! 

Any summertime fun family outings on your family’s agenda this week? 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Summer Homeschool Week Wrap-up ep. 1

We started this week off bike riding.

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Tuesday we went to the library to get passes for Brookfield Zoo and Jala signed up for the summer reading club.  Picked up 5 books which included 3 to read for the book club.  Today we’re going to finish them up and take them back to the library.  There’s also a reading list and summary form that must be turned in too.

One of my favorites was Ruby Bridges goes to school.  The little brown kindergartner that went to an all white school in 1960.  This book had me all in my emotions.  With Jala just completing kindergarten, there’s no way I would have had the courage to send her in harms way.  It definitely gives me a grateful heart for Ruby Bridges and her parents to put themselves on the frontline for us. 

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Yesterday we made bubbles.  Honestly, I didn’t follow the bubble making directions.  I had about 2 cups of water and added A LOT of dishwashing liquid to it.  We took 2 drinking straws and threaded a piece of thread through the straws.  Tie the thread in a knot and your straw and thread should make the shape of a square.  Pour bubbles in a large baking sheet. Lay straws in bubble mixture and when you pull it up and blow you have a huge bubble.

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We had a really good week. Let’s see what next week has in store. How are you keeping your kids busy this summer.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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