Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link.
Here are our week 2 goals:
Monday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move. Family Trip Packing List
Tuesday: Exploring Science– Discover a local beach and learn about the creatures who call that habitat home.
Wednesday: Music Break– Practice on the ukulele and guitars, begin to learn the basics of reading music.
Thursday: Sports Day– This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.
Friday: Cooking with Math. Measuring out Trail Mix for our Road Trip.
On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week and meet the newest family member a sweet little boy. The kids are sure excited to have some cousin playtime and we can’t wait to see my brother and sister-in-law!
Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.
Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer
Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.
This week's daily challenge
Daily we ask the kids to:
Week 1 Adventures
Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper. It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.
Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.
Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.
Thursday: Sports Day– This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts. Today is also the oldest birthday!
Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help. However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.
Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked. We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit. We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.
Elements & Dragons Birthday Party
Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations and a couple creative games for the kids to play.
Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle. Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.
This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.
- Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
- Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
- Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
- For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller
A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller. For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version. The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon. There are also a couple of movement prompts. Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.
- To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.
- Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity. Repeat as often as you want.
Adventure Map Clues
Elements Fortune Teller
June Home Reading
This Summer, Read S'More Books
Get your June Home Reading Here. With the theme, “Read S’More Books”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are four calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the camping themed picture for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color June Home Reading Page! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work. Download a digital copy of June Reading Here.
While I was creating my campsite, my 6 year old drew her own to match.
Looking for creative ways to practice spelling and making words this month? Check out these quick and easy projects.
A friend of mine tagged me on this interactive learning post from Planning Playtime. I loved the creativity of this project and I decided to give it a try. This craft was sure easy to adapt to my preschool, kindergarten and 2nd grade learners. For my oldest, who is working with common word endings, I wrote her suffixes on a green pool noodle, vowels on pink and consonants on blue. She then used my equalizer sports bars to organize and spell her words. My middle girl, spelled words with blue (consonants) and pink (vowels) noodles and our youngest matched uppercase with lowercase letters.
- Quick, easy and inexpensive to make
- Find the pool noodles at Walmart or your local $ store
- Use larger noodles; smaller ones tend to tear easy.
- For ease of cutting noodles, use a serrated bread knife.
- Only keep the letters out needed for your lesson. To many letters were scattered about and my kids struggled to stay on task.
- Could use to string to form a giant word necklace
Another project I created was using large Duplex Legos to form words. My oldest matched root words to suffixes. Additionally these legos could be used for CVC or larger word blends.
- Use an Expo or vis-a-vis to write words/letters
- smaller Legos could be for patterns or additional word making activities
Another matching activity, that my oldest loved, was pinning the suffix on the root word.
- Use masking tape to write letters onto clothespins so they can be reused.
- Use cardstock or notecards, something with a bit more weight, to write the words. This will help the clothespins hold.
Magic Word Art!!
This engaging activity was a joy to put together. After designing a couple of spring themed pictures, I was considering ways to incorporate spelling and word practice. With the help of my white crayon, inspiration hit. I wrote their words and letters on the the printed spring themed papers. I then handed each of our kids a “blank” paper and asked them to paint. The pure delight of each child was evident as they revealed letter, words and creative designs. For an art and literacy center, use this fun technique to practice a variety of skills. Here are few that we used:
Inchworm: My preschooler identified upper and lower case letters while my Kindergartner worked on her sight words. My 2nd grader worked on her spelling words.
Flower Power: Using the heart flower petals, I wrote each letter for my 2nd grader to practice blending her spelling words. On the vase, I placed the spelling pattern to help identify the words and decorated with a few embellishments.
Fireflies: For my kindergartner, I place sight words on the wings and thorax of this little critter.