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
Capture the Moment
Yesterday as I worked to design our June Home Reading Calendar, my middle child wandered over with a book, “Peek-a-Zoo” by Marie Torres Cimarusti, which she had just finished reading. She requested to create a flip book just like Peek-a-Zoo. As I was in the middle of reading calendar’s, it was a challenge for me to switch gears but it ended up being a treasured learning opportunity. Quickly, I grabbed one of the $1.00 bin ready-made blank books, taped a quarter sheet of copy paper onto each page and invited her to work along side of me. This is what she created.
With more time, I will create a fancier flip book for her to build a story. But, this was quick, fun and perfect for her little creative task.
Later that evening, I noticed my oldest daughter had also finished a book about her newest love, dragons. Within it she described each dragon, broke down the anatomy of a dragon (in her mind), added a joke and a story summary. You never know when inspiration will hit. Stop, capture the moment enjoy seeing the creative writing bloom.
Looking for how to start your summer journals? Grab a composition journal, staple the journal on the front cover with a book chart or recording sheet on the back. On this recording sheet I have the following sections:title, read by (the child read by themselves), Read with (Shared reading with my child) or Read To (Read Aloud to my child), Date and a space for initials. I’ll use this journal throughout the summer to capture learning moments.
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.
"Egg"tra Fun Learning
Spring has arrived and with it creative Easter projects. Check out today’s Easter Egg activities.
Write the words on the outside of each egg. Inside each Egg container, place a fun and quick spelling “treat”. Some ideas might include:
Shoot, swing, kick for each letter as you spell.
Start each letter, grow louder until you reach the end of the word.
Spell your word with a pirate voice.
Spell your word like an opera singer.
Spell your word with a little baby voice.
Spell your word in a squeaky mouse voice.
Spell your word in a lions roar.
Spell your word in a robot voice.
Do a jumping jack for each letter you use in the word.
Spell your word with a farmer voice.
Spell your word like royalty with a British accent.
Hunt for your word in a book.
Sparkle write your letters to spell your word.
Write your letter with an expo marker on the mirror.
Pretend you are a bunny and hop for every letter you spell.
Challenge: For one minute you have to spell everything you say. Have someone guess what you are trying to communicate.
For extra fun, create an egg hunt, scattering the eggs about the room.
Sight Word Pratice
Write each sight word on the outside of an egg. You may want to split the word by common endings. Doing so allowed my daughter to line up her letters to read the full word. Inside each egg provide a sentence containing that specific word. Have them locate and highlight the word to practice words in print. The sentences I included were questions or funny phrases to keep my kindergartner entertained. Like the spelling practice, I hid her eggs about the room, which she loved. Today, on the go, she packed her eggs into an egg carton. She’s been carrying her sight words ever since.
For a little Easter gift this year, my three children wrote poems to their teachers. For this project, I typed up a templates for a variety of poems. One the outside of each egg I placed an Easter topic word. They choose the topic they wanted to write about and opened up the egg to fill out their poem. I coached my three year old and assisted the five year old. The seven year worked to design her own poem. We then typed, printed, decorated and glued the poems on the back of a adorable bunny plaque. Today they gifted their sweet projects to their teachers. Here are the words and styles of poetry I used:
- Easter: Acrostic Poem
- Chocolate Bunny: 5 Senses Poem
- Spring/April: Subject Poem
- Easter Egg Poem: 5 W Poem (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
- Bunny: Cinquin Poem
- Jelly Bean: 5 Senses Poem
- Flowers: ABC Poem (Each letter is a new line until you reach your subject letter)
- Chick: Diamante Poem
- Free Choice: Haiku Poem
Stayed Tuned: Tomorrow I will be working on the next two Easter Egg projects : Shopping for Eggs (Learning through Math) & Treasure Hunt (Scavenger and Spy Style Easter Egg Hunt)!!!
One of my favorite tools as a writer is my thesaurus. Stress with finding the right word melts away with this oh so helpful tool. So when I heard my 2nd grade girl was struggling with written expression, I couldn’t wait to introduce her to my “pen pal”. There are plenty of online thesaurus sites where you can easily type in your word and instantly you have a wealth of synonyms at your fingertips. However, I want my daughter familiar with using guide words and locating her word match.
For a little fun afternoon project, I located my children’s thesaurus, found a stash of emoticon stickers and used a set of blank books from the Target dollar bin. My plan, after introducing her to the thesaurus, was to have her create her own reference book that matched her voice and gave her preferred word choices.
Here is what we created, so far. She has more that she wants to do including pictures and adding more words to to her personal creative word booklet. However, this is fun start to her journey into creative expression.