When some of my favorite blogging friends announced a Kids Summer Reading Club, I knew we needed to join the fun. Marissa always has been my little book-worm. Girlfriend LOVES to read, just like I did when I was her age. It isn’t abnormal for her to walk around with her nose stuck in a book or for me to catch her staying up WAY past her bedtime because “Mommy, it was just so good I couldn’t stop reading.”
This months book was The Baby-sitters Club, Kristy’s Great Idea. This book was two firsts for Marissa. #1 It was her first ever Babysitters Club book. #2 It was also her very first graphic novel. Both firsts seemed to be a hit, she loved it. It only took her one afternoon/ evening to read it and she liked it so much she decided to read it again. I definitely see us picking up some more of these on our next trip to the library!
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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that the learning ends!
Over the years I have experimented time and time again with summer learning. There has been everything from great success stories to complete failures. I have absolutely bored my kids to death and sparked new interests. We have put the focus too much on learning forgetting to make things fun and we have gone days on end with no learning at all.
5 years later, I feel like we are finally in a system that has balance. Today I want to show you a few ways that we plan to have fun with summer learning this year.
We officially ended our school year on Thursday May 4th. After completing our 36 weeks of curriculum, we were ready to call it a year and take the next 3 months off to relax. So for the next 90 days we’ll be soaking up our favorite season, summer.
But first we need to make things “official” and officially end the 2016-2017 school year with our end of the year photos and interviews!
School may be officially over but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. At The Newman Family Independent Learning Center, (#lolololol) we believe that education is something that doesn’t end over summer break. Sure, it may seem like we live at the pool (because we kind of do) but I try to keep our morning activities full of hidden learning time. I love it when the girls are learning without even realizing it. Ever since my girls were itty-bitty I have been scheming up plans to continue educating them over summer break and today I want to share one of my favorites ways with you.
One of the highlights of this years summer bucket list was our grocery store scavenger hunt. The girls LOVED being able to call the shots on where to go while at the store and I have to admit, I had a pretty great time too. I didn’t think taking the girls to the grocery store could ever be fun, but I was proved completely incorrect.
The biggest problem we ran into was the major lack of printable options available. I think the odds are something like 1,000/1 For every 1,000 nature hunts, you might find one grocery. So with a wild idea and some encouragement from y’all, I got to work. Today I want to share with you not just one, but three different printables.
I tried to stick with main stream brands that I am hoping are available nationwide. I also tried to avoid putting tons of goodies on there that your kids will insist on putting in the cart too. I am hoping that this is just the beginning of a collection and that I will be making more in the near future. So far I have had ideas of a Holiday list, a couple lists for Aldi, and I bet I could even crank out an all things pumpkin list too.
If you have any ideas or special requests, let me know!
In the mean time I hope you love and enjoy these.
For as long as I can remember, one of my girls favorite learning tools has been puzzles. From big chunky pieces to itty-bitty challenges, puzzles have been one of the best learning tools. Today I’m excited to share the Bambino LUK Learning System. It’s our newest puzzle find and an amazing teaching tool for kids of all ages. Thank you Timberdoodle for sponsoring today’s post and as always, all opinions are my own.
My absolute favorite way to teach preschool and early elementary aged children is through play and one of our favorite things to play with is puzzles. Puzzles are a great hands on approach to learning and an amazing way to work on cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor development, hand eye coordination, self-esteem and more.
Let’s take a look at the Bambino LUK system. The starter pack comes with the tray, 6 tiles, a workbook, parent guide, and a skill chart. The system is simple but offers so much variety that every time we play it feels new, exciting and challenging. You are free to begin simple and grow your collection by adding additional packs at any time or you can buy several at once.
Recommended ages for this LUK learning system are 3-5, but I should add that Marissa (8) enjoys playing with it just as much as her sister does. We also love the variety of focus and levels the packs offer. This allows me to target specific subjects that I want to work on. It also ensures the work I’m giving is the right level for each child. This is a tool that you can grow with for many years.
Like most other puzzle systems the Bambino LUK Learning System is self-correcting. The reverse side of the pieces have a bright and colorful dotted pattern that children can use to check their work. Emily has grown so much from being able to discover and correct her own mistakes and we both like the independence that she feels while playing.
Interested to learn more about how this system works?