I’m a very strong proponent of a completely laid back and fun filled summer vacation as a big break from all of the hard work completed all school year long. Particularly this year, because I am planning to have us start up school a month sooner than we normally would(just in case we have to take some extra time off after Finn is born!)
But, even with all of the iPad, movies, pool time, and outdoor play, I’ve actually still found a few fun ways to sneak in some extra summer learning for Miss Abigail(and Miss Mabel gets to benefit from some of it too!)
So I thought it would be fun to share with y’all some of the things we’re loving this summer in our laid back “summer school” environment.
In the car:
We spend a good bit of time driving around in the car! During the school year we’re pretty much only listening to our Classical Conversations CD’s on repeat, so it has been fun to get to listen to something else for a change. Abigail was recently introduced to Adventures in Odyssey(something that Jim listened to as a kid as well!) and has been absolutely loving listening to all of the stories and adventures that they have.
Another thing I ordered recently is the Story Of The World audio books. We LOVE this history series, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone read the book for you 😉
Abigail is doing more and more independent reading and is really loving being able to read these Billie B. Brown books! They’re so cute(and her Mom has a little brother in the series!) so she has been feeling so proud being able to read those on her own in her quiet time and also reading to us, as well.
I decided that I wanted Abigail to learn how to type and that it would be a fun “summery” thing for her to work on! It was surprisingly hard for me to find a program that she could use and was compatible with our computer. Apparently, most programs are apps or websites these days- and I wanted her to use our actual desktop AND I didn’t want her out on the www. so I needed to find a CD that fit the bill. Fortunately, this Mickey Typing Adventure did!
She has progressed so much already, it has been amazing to watch. There have been a few times where she has gotten frustrated because she can’t just “move on” before she has passed whatever little test they have, but after trying again and again she has always been able to progress to the next little adventure.
Plus, it’s Mickey and friends, which is such a good time she doesn’t even notice she is learning a valuable skill 😉
In addition to typing, Abigail had mentioned that she would like to learn how to write in cursive, so I just recently picked her up this book so she can start learning her cursive letters. It also has fun step by step drawing to coordinate with the letters and optional coloring pages too(which is right up her alley!)
Other fun things that I have found for her are this Hello Kitty Sticker/Activity Book– seriously this thing is AMAZING! Best quiet time find for Abigail…possibly ever.
She has also been doing her Charlotte’s Web play- 8 shows! And just finished up yesterday.
She has also lost her other front tooth since this picture 😉
What fun, educational things are you doing with your kiddos this summer?
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