Summer Learning

If your summer days are like ours, then you are constantly busy: pools, parks, friends, walks, you name it! I love the go with the flow schedule that encompasses much of our day. But, I hate to let our learning go completely by the wayside! It’s extremely hard to get through the larger lessons/themes in the summer. So I have come up with a few activities to do with the girls each day. If we don’t get to them all because it’s gorgeous and the pool is calling our name-again, no biggie! However, it gives us an opportunity (with little prep/time) to make sure we continue to move forward.

Devotional Time: I love this time each morning with the girls!! As mentioned in my previous post, Give Me Jesus, I really wanted to incorporate a quiet time into our day. I found this devotional on amazon and decided to give it a try:

20140710-143348-52428280.jpg. It’s slightly over MJs head but perfect for Liesel.

20140710-143631-52591763.jpg Even Emaline joins 😂.
Both girls listen and answer the questions. And I love how each devotion is followed by a hands on ( no prep) activity. One lesson was on patience, so we made pancakes to help show its importance.

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Reading Time: Liesel has really started to take off on her reading. Sounding out words, using sight words. It’s exciting!!! (The former teacher in me is squealing with delight) we have been using the Bob Books. Can’t say enough good things about them!! They stick to words that can be sounded out phonetically and sight words. A lot of the level 1 readers at the library are so advanced. With the Bob books Liesel can read them out loud easily and it moves her quickly to the next stages.

20140710-144719-53239699.jpg Reading to her sisters is a highlight for everyone!

Along with reading the books I make a few quick lessons surrounding the new sight words introduced. I found these dry erase boards in the Target dollar section (win) and both girls have enjoyed practicing their writing.

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Journaling: a dear friend/momma over at, Dino in the dryer posted on journaling a while back and I LOVED the idea! So after finding some notebooks on clearance, we’ve incorporated journaling into our days. It has been such a joy to hear the girls answers to questions and gives us a great opportunity to really connect each day. For now I write the sentence ” I liked the slide the best” (Liesel) when asked about a park date or ” Watermelon is my favorite” (Moira) when asked about a picnic lunch. After I write what the girls say, they have time to draw a picture about their topic.

20140710-150036-54036659.jpg Here are a few of my favorites entries:

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20140710-150416-54256643.jpg(good thing big sis was there to help MJ write her name😊). Liesel has even started writing her sentences (with my help) and I anticipate her beginning to sound out and write her own sentences down the road.

Summer days are a blast, can’t believe we are almost to the middle of July! Slow down time we have so much more we want to accomplish!!!

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