Here are the kids working on their reading point:
My daughter felt like writing a book report for her writing point one day:
The kids don’t always look THIS happy when they do their “home” point, but it has resulted in a pretty clean house through painless 5-10 minute tasks for each kid each day:
One of our Power of Moms readers sent in a great idea for having specified days for different things. We used her idea to group our long “bucket list” of brainstormed activities into categories for fun family activities each day after the kids finished their “must-do’s”:
- Make-it Monday: Building projects with K’nex and Legos or the wood we have in the backyard for the kids to use in building forts, craft projects, art projects, a visit to the library to learn about artists and inventors and engineering. Art and building and invention are big things in our family.
- Take a trip Tuesday: The park, a museum, a bike ride, a field trip to a historic place, a factory tour, a picnic, a friend’s house, etc. We often invited other kids or other families along.
- Wet Wednesday: Swim, go to a splash pad, play in the sprinklers — often with friends and neighbors.
- Thinking Thursday: Research something from our “wondering list” — a list of things we’re wondering about. Last summer we had a great time finding out how to make yogurt, how cars are made, where baby carrots come from and how monster trucks work thanks to YouTube, Wikipedia and library trips.
- Friend Friday: Everyone can have a friend over. It's nice to do it all at once and protect our family time during most of the rest of the week. Plus, we always have Family Movie Night on Fridays.
I love being my kids’ teacher. I mean all moms are their kids’ teachers in many ways, but it’s great to do it in a little more formal way sometimes. I so admire moms who home school. While I don’t know if it would be the right thing for us longterm, I feel like summer’s the perfect time set up a special sort of summer “home school” where I can teach my kids about things I really value and love while we really enjoy each other’s company.
QUESTION: What are your ideas for making summer fun, fulfilling, interesting and non-stressful?
CHALLENGE: Sit down with your kids to talk about what they’re excited about doing this summer and what they they think everyone should be doing to keep their brains and bodies and the house functioning well. Create your own family “Learning Adventures Camp” if you want!
This article is courtesy of Power of Moms, an online gathering place for deliberate mothers. Learn more about the Learning Adventures Camp here.
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