Our last of school was yesterday and we celebrated with the traditional afterschool party.... But now its summertime and since the school system think its great to let us out midweek, we are taking advantage of these few days to get organized, clean up and get ready for our summer fun. On our agenda for today...
Packing away school clothes, winter clothes, etc.
Clearing Clutter in the art cabinets, and closets.
Creating our summer charts (samples to follow)
Organize reading lists and summer school supplies (print out school sight words, etc)
Confirm any outside sporting activities, registrations, etc. (swim classes, gymnastics, etc.)
So, here is a sample of some of the charts we created ...
These charts were made using products from Designerdigitals. Specifically Mindy Teressawa's Its A Girl Thing Kit. Scrapbooking supplies have such great appeal to kids, we incoporate a lot of my supplies into our everyday, like charts, lists, book covers, etc.. (side note: the chart on the right has 5 purses for 6 days, as a behavior occurs which we are trying to avoid, a purse is cut off for that day, once all 5 have been cut, there is a consequense tailored specifically to this child. - her goal is to NOT loose all her purses each day)...
We have a shelf in the kitchen that has 4 baskets, one for each child. In it they will find their art supplies for quiet craft time. Their summer school bridge books, a few reading books, some paper, and grade specific items (a clock and set of money stamps for my soon to be first grader, a protractor and elements chart for my soon to be 5th grader, etc). These baskets are great for some needed quiet time around here. We have a lot of fun plans ahead, but our days will always allow for quiet reading, and activity time where they can get into their baskets and work on something alone.
We create booklists from Charolette Mason's Guide to Homeschooling. I always said if I were going to homeschool that I would be following Charolette Mason's methods... You can see the lists of classic literature, poetry and others on the Ambleside online website. This is a link for year 0 (kindergarten and preschool). And again for year 1, you can continue to find the lists as the years progress through that website. You can take advantage of your local public library's summer reading programs, or check out places like Barnes and Noble who also offer reading incentives and summer reading programs.
Some of the books on our shelf this summer include: