Great Kid Ideas for Summer

 

 

Summer Fun
Photo: “Sprinkler Karate” By Lotus Carroll

Like most moms, I want my kids to have a fun summer, but I don’t want them trashing the house, binge watching Netflix (that is for moms only!) or eating 10 bags of chips a day.

So I have been checking around to come up with some fun (and educational) ideas for summer.

I love our public library Summer Reading program,  but I admit that I don’t get the kids in to check off their sheets often enough. . .plus the program ends a full month before school starts! So, this year I am downloading this fun (and free) program.

We tend to do a great job keeping our kids reading all summer, but what about math? Our 13 year old began using Khan Academy at school this year, and I grew to love the website. It is a totally free program that will virtually tutor you, and your kids in math from kindergarten through college! The interface is fun and intuitive. I’m feeding off of the competitive nature of my 11 and 13 year-olds by setting them up at the same level of math and letting them “race” to the finish! IF you have teens you will want to look into the brand new launch of the FREE SAT prep course through Khan Academy that was created in cooperation of the College Board.

How fun would it be to have Summer Camp at Home? I think we will be trying some of these ideas!

I would love to cook through a cookbook with my kids this summer. Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)looks fun. I might also want to try Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Hands-On Family)or ChopChop: The Kids’.

I’m always looking for art projects for the kids that do not take a lot of prep work for me, and that won’t make a huge mess.

I’m also having all four of the little ones (13 down to 5, so not so little!) do a chore of the day. This week I really hope we can get to my front garden beds, and just maybe I will plant something!

I’m starting a Pinterest Board for Summer ideas, and I would love to have you all join in! If you want to be invited to pin to the board, simply follow it and leave your email in the comments and I will send you an invite!
Follow Dakotapam.com’s board Summer 2015 ideas on Pinterest.

What are you up to this summer with your kids? I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

Summertime

This is the day

 

Other than book reviews (and I have some more to do! I’ve been reading a lot this summer), I’ve taken some time off from the blog. Summer is my busiest time of work, with quite a bit of travel, so when I am home with the kids, I have been working on being present. And that means that I have spent very little time on my home computer.

Things are finally winding down a little at work (yay!), or I’m getting used to things, or I’m just feeling more peace and less stress. All of these are good things.

I miss my blog.

I miss my interaction with you.

I need a space to pour my heart out.

So, I’m back. Again.

I want to point you to my Facebook page. And to Twitter. Even when I don’t have time to blog, I have time for social media! On Wednesdays on Facebook, I’ve been asking you how I could pray for you. I’ve been praying for health for family members, for patience, for peace and for wisdom. It has been such a privilege to pray for you. And, since you have asked, I have given you opportunities to pray for me as well.

I’m heading into a strange new season. I’ll have six kids in five schools this fall, from University down to preschool. I’m struggling with the joy and pride of seeing my children grow up, smart and healthy and vibrant; but also reeling with how quickly it all goes, and how overwhelming all of their emotions can be. The fact that my husband and I have raised one human being to adulthood has not truly sunken in yet. And, all of a sudden, 18 seems so young. . .

I’m working on teaching my kids to be more organized. And, as I build them tools that work, I’ll share them with you. Long story short, I’m a terrible secretary for my kids, so I want them to be able to function without a secretary. If you have found tactics that work, share them in the comments or on the Facebook page. What I am really looking for is a homework planner that takes into account daily assignments and planning ahead for long term projects.

I’m working on being a better friend. I’m an extroverted introvert. So, while I want to go out and do fun things with my friends . . . sometimes what I really want to do is sit in my recliner and read. But, then, I suffer from loneliness. You will be happy to know that since writing that post, I was able to spend some precious time with two of my “besties”. I took the girls on a road trip to visit Essie of EssiesBlessings and help her through a tough transition, and my cousin Kristen and my aunt came and spent some time with us during our lake vacation last month. Both of these visits helped to fill up my bank, so to speak. I also had some good times with my local friends, and I know that I need to make more time for these “dates”.

I’m still working out that whole work/life balance thing. It gets a little easier with time, and it certainly gets easier once the kids are in school. Summer can get crazy with summer school and camp pick ups and drop offs all day long. At times, my mini van became a mobile office!

In short, I’m still me. Perfectly imperfect. Flawed and forgiven.

What have you been up to?