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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer School

A big thank you to Tennessee Mom at Days on the Creek for sending me the Sunshine Award!


I am supposed to pass this on to 12 other bloggers.
Although there are definitely 12 bloggers I love, I just want to pass it on to one.
 Doesn't it mean more that way? It just seems more personal.
So, I am passing this award on to Tina at Life without Pink.
Tina has a super cute blog, and we both share a testosterone filled world!
I really enjoy reading her blog. If you aren't following her yet, go check it out!
Thanks for a great blog, Tina!

I also want to thank Mama Hen for sending me this award...



The rules of the Cherry on Top Award is to thank the person who gave it to me.
Thank you so much Mama Hen! You are always so supportive!
Write three things about myself that I love.
I love that God made me a mommy.
I love that I am a SAHM.
I love that I'm healthy.

I am passing this Cherry on Top award on to
I love Cassandra's blog,
and I love reading about her family and journey as a blogger.
 Her blog is inviting and real. Be sure to check her out too!
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Last week I realized my boys were off the chain! They are without their "regular scheduled programming" and starting to flake out on me. I don't know about your kids, but mine need routine! They need stimulation, and regular activity. They began turning into extreme gamers as I got my housework and to do list summer reading done.

So I realized they needed some regulation  parenting. I guess I was going to have to snap out of it. I'm really not that bad, but I was being pretty extremely laid back. Letting them go nuts with video games, and TV. Staying up late, and so forth. That's ok! I figured I have been working hard, and mom needed a break too. I still plan on enjoying our summer, and making sure I enjoy myself a little too. However, my sweet boys need a little brain kick, and a routine. They started getting moody and difficult. Shocking, right?

It's always been important to me that they keep up with their reading and math skills over the summer, but it seems to take on a whole new meaning when you homeschool. I know I'm the one who's going to pay the price if the kids don't get any summer practice. My youngest is five and started reading last year. I don't want him to forget!

My oldest is moving into Algebra and he really needs to keep his basic skills sharp, so the harder math subjects aren't so challenging this year. I'm blessed to have two very bright kids, and they would be fine either way. But I want a smooth transition into the school year, and they need the healthy brain work over the summer.

There's a couple of websites I really like for reading and math practice, and they are FREE.

http://www.starfall.com/
http://www.mathfactcafe.com/

Flashcards are the old faithful tool. They are great for math and sight words!

Encourage your kids to keep reading this summer! Borders and Barnes & Noble are offering summer reading programs. Your kids can earn free books!

I don't plan on going nuts. I want the boys to have a break. I want a break. But, I want to keep their skills fresh, and their attitude positive when it comes to learning. Making time for summer practice will definitely make our start to the school year smoother!

What do you do with your kids over the summer to keep their academic skills fresh? Do you hate the summer packet your teacher sends home, and throw it in the trash? Where do you stand on this one?

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8 Comments:

At July 6, 2010 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Life Without Pink said...

Thank you! Yes this means so much that you thought of me! I will be doing a nice {shout out} to you on my blog this week...probably Friday along with my Friday Favorites. Thank you again!!!

 
At July 6, 2010 at 8:19 AM , Blogger ♥♥♥ PRETTYMOM ♥♥♥ said...

Hi. Im your new follower from FMBT :)

 
At July 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Sabrina @ about happy books said...

Hi, I'm a new follower via Follow me back Tuesday.

my blog: about happy books

 
At July 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM , Blogger ~J said...

Hey chick...returning your follow from FMBT....but more so than that..THANK YOU for the links. My kids are totally out of the loop in the way of school too!

 
At July 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM , Blogger Seizing My Day said...

We do the library, borders and barnes and noble book things! ha ha! ;)
we love reading in our house! I home school one child... long story... you can read about him on my blog a couple stories down! anyway... My daughter loves doing school work.. so I could give her a work book and she is happy... sigh... and my son .. we play computer math games... computer CHESS! LOVE that! puzzles... suduko... all great "games" that keep em going! enjoying your blog !

 
At July 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday.
I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!
I have fun giveaways going on now, including one for an $80 GC to CSNstores.com!

 
At July 6, 2010 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Heavenly Savings said...

Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Tuesday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!
http://heavenlysavings.blogspot.com
I also have a blog hop every Monday! I’d love for you to join!

 
At July 7, 2010 at 1:52 AM , Blogger Erin Wallace said...

Hi! I'm following from FMBT - hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

xo Erin
droppedstitches72.blogspot.com

 

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