Wednesday, June 12, 2013
However! I couldn't wait one more day to check in with you. My oldest daughter has been taking care of me and the younger ones came home this morning. They are only here for a couple of days before they go back to their dad's so the girls and I made pencil holders. My son opted out and worked on his drawings.
This is one of those easy summertime crafts I told you about. Here's what you do: save your coffee cans (or whatever can or jar you prefer), gather existing supplies (we used colorful papers, pipe cleaners, foam stickers and shapes) and a hot glue gun. I'd also sat out yarn, mini pom poms and string for them to choose from. I gave them basic instructions then let their creative juices flow.
I think they did a great job - the results are too cute. Now they can separate their pencils, pens and markers instead of arguing... Yea, right. Anyway... Too cute.
Friday, June 7, 2013
This year I knew in advance summer camp was not in the financial plans. So I leapt into planning and organizing to keep them happy, busy and educated. Three main things we're doing that you can do as well regardless of budget and where you live.
1. Use the summer learning packets schools send home or your summer learning schedule for homeschoolers. It doesn't need to be done on a strict schedule just add the tasks you'll enjoy as a family and that will keep little brains active. Add scavenger hunts, science studies at the park and timed reading. Don't forget puzzles and games that help team building skills, strategy, math and comprehension.
2. Join your libraries free reading programs. If they're gonna be reading they might as well enjoy a free treat or two - yea, books! - since they'll be reading anyway. Don't forget to attend some of the libraries free programs. My kids have already learned about Native Americans in Georgia and made a paper canoe with little riders.
3. Check your local bowling alley to see if they offer "kids bowl free." We have a Pinstrikes right up the street that gives registered kids two free games of bowling every day. You only have to register to receive your weekly coupons, which you'll print out and take with you. The only thing you'll pay for is shoe rental. I chose to do lunch there as well one day - one large pizza, one large drink & large water - and the total was about $12. Not bad for four people.
Other things we have done include swimming and family night at Chick-fil-A (free kids meals and activities). We also plan on parks and lakes explorations. There are quite a few free and low-cost activities to participate in during the summer. Explore your town or city to discover them.
|Love the stomping face and body language.|
|My youngest and my only son battled for second place.|
|My middle daughter beat out her slightly older brother.|
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The last few weeks have been busy, which is how the school year always ends, and fun. When I had one child in school back in the day (excuse the overused phrase) I thought things were a bit hectic, but those days have nothing on these. The schedule gets so chaotic I have to call in my ever-present, mini-me, partner in crime and all things busy-like: Amber, the oldest.
It started about two weeks ago when I had to go to the store for a cropped jacket for Amareah to wear with her dress for the Charming Chrysalis Mother/Daughter Tea on that coming Wednesday, and a white blouse for her to wear the same week for her honors ceremony.
Wednesday’s tea was wonderful. I really enjoyed spending time with Amareah and watching her behave like a young lady during the event. She looked beautiful and despite the burning sun we had a fabulous mother/daughter experience. When we weren’t listening to the speaker or noshing on goodies while sipping tea we were talking about which dresses and shoes we liked best on the attendees. There was a little earring and hair talk as well. I was sure to keep the comments positive and light with a little humor thrown in. I’ve used this events plus girl conversation with my oldest daughter when she was this age – it helped her to see what’s appropriate dress for various events as well as gauge what her opinions are of certain attire.
Doesn’t the cropped jacket look cute and ladylike?
We were scheduled to decorate the parasols together, but the markers they were going to use hadn’t arrived. The girls still took pictures with them and the group scheduled one last meeting the following Monday to decorate them. I decided to join in on the fun. I think the two of us did a fabulous job:
I was too tired Thursday (two weeks ago) to go to a scheduled event that evening, but not attending allowed me to rest to get ready for Anna’s luau on Friday. It, like Amareah’s tea, was held outside at the school’s amphitheater. There were lots of activities and Anna wanted to participate in as many things as she could.
The parachute ball game thingy. Is she sticking out her tongue?! LOL
Jumping rope. She hasn’t quite managed the continual movement of rotating the jump rope and jumping, but at least she finally can get both feet off the ground at the same time. That was quite entertaining to watch.
Face painting. She chose a red heart and it looked adorable on her happy little face.
And that wasn’t all: There was ball play in the field, sack races, cart and tricycle racing, bowling and one or two other things that I can’t recall the names. I’d say this little Kindergartener had a fabulous time ending the year with fun.
The end of the school year doesn’t bring too much resting, but our schedule is going to be a little more relaxed. Stay tuned for “grad” ceremonies and what we’ve been up to so far. Has school ended for your offspring? What are your plans for the summer?