20 Free Ideas for End of Summer Fun

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By Angela and Laura

Are you on End of Summer count down yet? Ready to get back into some regular routines? I live in a HOT desert, and many here are tiring of the heat yet also know we are on the down- slope and hopeful they will make it. Some stores like Hobby Lobby are already filling their isles with not only Fall, but Christmas decor. I love Fall like the rest of you. And Christmas- It’s the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” right!! I just am feeling a bit rushed.

Most of us have a few more weeks of some carefree evenings, no lunches to pack and summer weekend get-a-ways.  So as you near the end of Summer, Laura and I wanted to share some simple tried and true Summer Kid Fun, outside or inside, to help you get through the rest of the summer with success!!

1.  Water Painting

Grab a bucket, paint brushes and some water! Easy and inexpensive. Summer can be expensive ya’ll!! Go outside and let them paint the sidewalk, the house, themselves. 🙂 They will cool off. And little clean up for you.

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2.  Water Tub

My kids LOVE for me to get out a big tub of water (usually one of the garage totes, or under bed storage totes).  And fill it up with measuring cups, whisks, spoons, ladles, and strainers.  We put it under the shade and let them explore.  

3.  Ice Melt

Freeze some tiny toys into ice cube trays or small tupperware.  Have the kids melt the ice off in water, or chip away at it with a wooden spoon handle.  

4.  Mid-Day Bath

Sometimes I don’t have time, patience or energy to let my kids play and goof around during night time baths. During the day when we’re bored, we pick out a few toys, maybe some My Little Ponies or Captain America, and we take a bath.  Bubbles are fun, but so is washing their figures with washcloths and breaking out the bath crayons. 

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5.  Go on a Pretend Trip

Set up some chairs in the house or outside. “Buckle” yourself in and take a “Plane Ride”. Mom, you be the pilot and instruct them what to do when you get there. “Go to the Beach” Be sure to put on your sunscreen. Pretend to rub sunscreen all over your arm, legs and don’t forget your nose! Be sure to do some digging while you are there and grab your cooler. What should be inside? It’s pretend so make it fun- Soda. Chips. Do some swimming. Move your arms like you are swimming and towel off real good. Get back on the plane and let your preschooler decide where to go next.

6. Read a Book and Watch the Movie

Many classic books have movies. Or should I say that many classic movies have a book that started it all- that could surprise your kids. Read the book out loud together. Depending on your child’s interest, have them color a picture to go along.  Act out the story. When we read the Stuart Little Book, my son Josiah wrote a letter, like in the book. It is a treasure, I tell you. I still have it all these years later. Stuart Little LetterWhen you are done with the book. Choose an afternoon to watch the movie. Pop some popcorn or if appropriate choose a snack from the book. Keep it simple and fun.

My daughter is a nanny to two elementary age girls. She just finished reading CS Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There were some days were the girls were not to excited to start the reading and by the end of the chapter were fulling enjoying it. Be confident, patient and persevere in passing on the love of literature to your children.

7. Check out Books on CD

We’ve been scoping out the libraries in our city, playing with their toys, and perusing.  But we are LOVING books on CD.  Our kids have rest time daily and they have to stay in their rooms, but they get to listen to a book while they play quietly.  We’ve done Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones, Dr. Seuss and Laura Ingalls Wilder so far.  

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8. Take a Hike

Laura talked all about the importance and benefits of hiking in her post here. So add in one more family hike and enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

9. Visit a Museum

Or if it’s too hot, find a museum and use the same principles that Laura shared. Let the kids lead the way. My daughter, the Super Nanny mentioned above, took her 6 year old charge to the visitor center of a local hiking area. It was too hot to go hiking, but they enjoyed the visitor center and all the many things to see, do, touch and feel. It is free or yours might have a small entrance fee.  Because there were not too many hikers out- it wasn’t very crowded.

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10. Find a New Park

Research some parks in your city or if you want to have a drive, one close by.  You can type in the county name or city name in a google search with parks, or park and recreation to see pictures, a description, and a map of how to get there.  

11. Shaving Cream Fun

Buy some shaving cream and send your kids outside to play! Your kids might want to wear an old bathing suit or clothes that could get bleached. Set out some guidelines of what is allowed to get shaving cream on it and what is not ok. Then let them hose off when done.  Join in if you are feeling daring and didn’t wash your hair that morning 🙂 Am I the only one that thinks this way?

12. Cooking Experiment

Some friends of mine did some outdoor cooking on a homemade solar oven. Cook an egg.  A hot dog.  Choose some items from the kitchen. Have each child guess which will melt the quickest and record your results.  Check out Pinterest for a whole slew of ideas! Solar Oven Resized

13. Make Popsicles

Pinterest is full of Easy Popsicle Recipes. Be prepared to help them clean up the kitchen when the fun is done.

14. Picnic at the House

Spread out a blanket outside or on your kitchen floor and make a memory eating finger foods together.  

15. Bring Reality TV to Life

Hold a Mock America’s Got Talent by putting on a Mini Talent Show with some neighbor kids. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when my sister, our friend from across the street, and I would put on shows using the fireplace hearth as the stage and wooden spoons as our microphones. Our parents were our audience- bless their hearts and we sang to songs using our cassette tape players as our track music. It was simple and fun! 

Set up a Simple Scavenger Hunt around the house and call it the Amazing Race. You set it up for them or better yet, let them set up clues/ activities for you to do.

Gather some different ingredients for your kids to make dinner with- that would be a fun version of Chopped and give you a dinner making free night. Though again be prepared for some extra clean up help. Let’s be real- cooking is going to be more exciting for your kids then clean up.

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16. Pull Out Some Games/ Puzzles

I know it’s easier to suggest, “Play some of the games in the closet” when you hear the famous summer saying, “I’m bored!”. Beat them to it. After breakfast- pull out a family favorite game and set it up on the table. Play a round or two together to get the game day flowing! Set up a competition/ score sheet over a few days for a fast pace card game like Speed or Slap Jack. Have a simple prize ready for the winner. Pull out a card table and a jigsaw puzzle. Turn on a family friendly Netflix TV series and watch several episodes while working on the puzzle. My favorite summer TV series is the Gidget TV show. We have the DVD’s and have watched and enjoyed over and over.

17. Enjoy the Olympics

This summer enjoy the Olympics together.  Have each family member choose a favorite athlete and have them do some research on and the country they represent to share with each other. Follow their sports and scores. Have a special dinner on the night of the Opening Ceremony. Decorate with flags.  Go to a neighborhood pool and practice your Olympic Swimming strokes and race each other.

18.  Balloons

Go find your stash of birthday supplies and blow up a few balloons.  DAYS of fun I tell you.  

19. Cut and Glue

Get out some construction paper, scissors and glue and let them do whatever they want.  If you don’t have a craft table, pull out the card table or get some newspapers or a vinal table cloth.  They will love ripping pieces of paper and gluing them all together.  You could even make a card for someone and put it in the mail.  

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20.  Visit a Garden Center

We LOVE our local garden center.  There are so many things to see and not just flowers and trees.  Even if you don’t have one near you, a walk through the Home Depot or Lowes outdoor garden center would be great.  Let the kids smell and touch and experience the different varieties of plants.  

You Made It! 

We hope your last summer memories are not filled counting down days until they go back to school, but spent making having family fun and being children.  

Have a Delightful End of Summer! 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Goal: New Morning Routine

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by Laura

My secret is safe with you right?  I am not a morning person.  But, I am forced to be a morning person.  Starting oh, 15 years ago, my college/work schedule got me up very early.  Post grad life, I opened the Starbucks store at 4:00 am for almost two years.  Can you guys even imagine setting your alarm for 3:30 every night?!  Then, when I had children, they were up with the sun people.  Joy of joys.  

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When the kids were babies I really wanted to wake up before them to get ready for the day. On those rare occasions when they would sleep late and I could shower it was SO wonderful. But, because they were such early risers and because I am a night owl, I chose sleep over waking early most days.  

The repercussions of that choice meant that it took me twice or sometimes three times as long to complete my morning routine because they were awake.  I would get irritable being interrupted so many times, (not their fault), and we were rushed to get out the door because there was a lot to accomplish getting the adults and children ready for the day.  I was also so focused on getting me and the kids ready that I didn’t have much time for morning cuddles on the rocking chair, books after breakfast, and silly time pretending their head got stuck in their shirt.    

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I would go in and out of the bathroom so many times to brush my teeth, help a kid, take a shower, help a kid with a towel wrapped around me, get myself dressed, kids need breakfast, blow dry my hair, kids want help getting dressed, start my makeup, and boom, we need to be out the door in 5 minutes!  

So this summer I set a goal for myself: Refine my morning routine and get up before the kids do.  This also meant the even more difficult challenge for me: Gotobedearliersothatwakingearlierisnotsohard.  I’ve been working on it all summer, learned a lot about my self and my wants vs. needs, learned how to save time, learned what I really love having done before the kids get up, and now I’d love to share with you my new morning routine.   

Discovered my list to complete, and how long it would take.

I want to make my bed, shower, dress, and get makeup on before the kids wake up.  That is the list.  

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At the beginning of the summer I really wanted to get up, immediately put coffee into a cup, and walk straight downstairs to read my Bible.  I had some wonderful mornings like that, but it didn’t help with the entire morning routine picture.  Once I was downstairs, in my robe, the kids would wake up and then it would be time to make breakfast, and then it would be time to get them dressed, and then they were ready to do something and I was still in my robe!  So, to modify that goal, I discovered after our breakfast was eaten, I could send the kids upstairs to dress, brush teeth and make beds by themselves while I did my Bible reading for 15 minutes.  

I thought I would want my hair all the way done, or to start breakfast before they got up, but after trial and error those things weren’t necessary.  I found if all I had left after they woke was my hair-do, it was easy to get that done, and making breakfast while the kids were still asleep just stole time that I could use getting ready.  There are mornings where I have prepped muffins the night before and sometimes I begin before they wake to make a longer breakfast item, but it’s just not high on my priority list to do it while they sleep. 

It took some finessing to see how long it would take me to complete the things I wanted to before the kids woke up.  I now know it takes me 45 minutes to get my ideal list done.  

I set a bed time goal and a wake time.  

Because I do a LOT of refueling at night I didn’t want my bed time to be so early that I missed out on recharging.  I also needed to not wake up and push my snooze button all summer long and put my summer goal into the garbage disposal.  So I try to go to bed between 9:30-10:30.  I set my alarm for 5:45 usually, and sometimes as early as 5:30.  

What order do I operate? 

Angela has taught me so much about time management, but the one-touch system just might be the life-saver for this year.  The one-touch system helps you touch something once, or go into a room once before you move on. She wrote about her one touch idea here to give you an idea.  

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Bedroom: I wake up and before I leave my room, I make my bed.  Then, I pick out my clothes for the day, and take them into the bathroom with me.  

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Bathroom: I find I have to get into the shower within the first 5 minutes of waking up or else things go downhill fast.  One thing that really cuts down on time is a shower cap.  I wash my hair every three days. Game changer.  Day one, I usually blow dry it and maybe add a few waves with a straightener or curler, day two, I do it all out, and day three I use dry shampoo and pin it half up, or put a few pins in off to the side.  It takes a while for your hair to stop producing oil every day, so if you try it, just dry shampoo your way through the oil glands resetting.  

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Before I leave the bathroom I brush my teeth, get dressed,  brush my hair and put on makeup.  I bought a makeup organizer and it has saved me even more minutes instead of rifling around in a dish or a drawer like I was doing before.  

And then I grin.  I grin like a crazy person because after 5 years of walking around in robes, or hair in a towel, or neglected teeth, I am winning.  

At the start I thought, well if I’m going to do this I better do it all, like exercise, make a quiche, shave my legs, and clean the windows before the kids get up.  I cannot achieve unattainable goals, I am not wonder woman.  

I have a sign on my desk that says, “I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection”.  I love it.  I am enjoying every morning that I have the self-discipline to carry out this routine, the mornings that I don’t.  I allow grace and make plans to try again the next day.  

 I CAN get up 45 minutes before my kids and be disciplined about going to bed, and enjoy a little peace and know that my body, mind, and spirit are ready to greet children as they give me sweet pajama hugs, and that I am all there, all ready for the morning.  

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What I Learned Over my Month on Sabbatical

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by Angela

As we approach the end of July- our sabbatical month of June is becoming more and more of a distant memory. In some ways as we returned our feet hit the ground running and we have just briefly come up for air. My to do list of catch up was growing. Yet on the other side of the coin, I came home feeling sooo refreshed. The time-away was long enough we were really able to relax, rejuvenate and grow.  I am a list maker, so I of course, started making a list at the end of our time away of the lessons, the things God showed me both big and small. We listed the highlights and the things we were thankful for. There were too many to list really. But we tried anyway. I narrowed a few down, the highlights of the highlights. (In no particular order or importance)Family Sabbatical

Biographies:

I have always been a reader but have a renewed goal to have regular books lined up in my Kindle. The categories of books I like. Biographies, Character Building, Business Related. I know there are weeks and seasons when reading doesn’t happen very often, but it’s not a race to finish a book, so its ok to be a slow reader. My favorite book I read was the biography “Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love” by Kathrine and Jay Wolf.  The Wolf’s story is incredible. Here is a quote from the end that sums it up well. “I have learned to do many things well–to wait well, suffer well, cope well, persevere well, and even to lose well. Our culture tells us to succeed, be beautiful, avoid pain, and be happy. What if everything important in our lives is actually the opposite?” I filled up several pages of notes in my journal while I read. Biographies are an inspiring testimony to God’s work in others lives and story.Sabbatical Reading In biographies, my story doesn’t have to be the same as their story. But I am inspired that God will do the same work in my life and story as I trust in Him. I highly recommend reading Hope Heals!

Dutch Bros. Coffee:

We like coffee (and Dutch Bros. smoothies) and we enjoyed being close to a Dutch Bros Coffee while on sabbatical. I am thinking it might be a good thing that there is NOT a Dutch Bros Coffee too close to my home here, as it will help with my budget, caffeine in take and sugar and calories consumed.  🙂 If you are not familiar with Dutch Bros., they are a growing coffee place that is known for their friendly service and fun atmosphere. I decided that I really liked visiting Dutch Bros. because I liked their friendly greeting/service. Their creative lids (they always have sayings on them). Their color straws. (I like drinking my coffee both hot and cold with a straw).  I liked taking selfies with our Dutch Bros. as it was soo great to go with my family, parents, friends.  I realized that I am easily amused. It’s sometimes the little treats that are nicest.Dutch Bros Cup

 

Psalm/Proverb Study:

I am in Bible Study Fellowship from September through May I have a study that comes with a daily study schedule. I really enjoy that. I like routine. I like daily. In the summertime, I enjoy choosing a study that might move at a slower pace if need be. That has been my Psalm Study that I began on sabbatical. I have been reading through the Psalm with a commentary book called Psalms by the Day. The books breaks down the Psalms, but what I have enjoyed is reading the Psalms over two or may days if I want. Or taking some days to list out God’s attributes that are listed in the Psalm I studied and read through the day before- and even flipping to a Psalm out of order. (What?? I know!!) Psalm 4 has been my favorite so far. Verse 3 in particular, to grasp that the Lord looks after His own. I have seen this theme over and over in many of the Psalms and it has brought encouragement and security. I have also read through Proverbs, I am currently on my second read through. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so you can read a chapter a day.

Lighthouses:

The Oregon coast has several old lighthouses. We could see one from our little house we rented. I enjoyed checking each night once it got dark to see if the clouds were clear enough to see the light beaming through. I did some reflecting on how those lighthouse and light would of been a help to the sailors on those ships in the dark of night. As it would shine in the darkness and give a glimpse and outline of the rocks in the shallow water.Lighthouse Tour Selfie resize We took a tour of the lighthouse and learned about the history of how the Lighthouse Keeper and his family took special care to make sure the light never went out. It struck me, that as a Pastor’s family, we too are like the Lighthouse Keepers family. We help to keep a spiritual light lit in our church, in the surrounding neighborhood and even into world. We were even doing a little bit of that “light keeping” as we were away that month to spend some extra time seeking the Lord through His Word and prayer. Not just pastors but all believers are called to be a light, Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good words and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”.

A few other findings to close. I found the Oregon Coast a bit chilly. It was very green. Enjoyed the various colors of hydrangea flowers. Really liked falling asleep and waking up listening to the waves of the ocean and I could watch Sea Lions for hours.

 

 

 

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love all things citrus. Lemonade in my glass, lime in my guacamole, and now orange in my chocolate chip cookies!

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This recipe first came into my life 10 years ago from California. Today it’s been modified and perfected to this current recipe.  I love the oatmeal chewiness, and the refreshing slightly orange taste.  Not only will you need a glass of milk,  you’ll also need a zester.  If you don’t already own one, this little ditty is amazing, and so easy to clean.  

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Let’s get on with the recipe!  Happy Cookie Baking! 

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Zest Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24
A wonderful oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a hint of orange.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Old-Fashioned Oats
  2. 2 1/4 C All Purpose Flour
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. orange zest from 1 orange
  7. 1 C unsalted butter, room temp.
  8. 1 C packed brown sugar
  9. 1 C granulated sugar
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1/2 t vanilla
  12. 1/4 t orange extract
  13. 1 bag chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 325.
  2. Using a mixer beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in eggs, vanilla and orange extract.
  3. In a bowl, mix oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange rind. Add to the butter mixture.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. For each cookie, drop 1 Tablespoon of dough on to parchment paper and do not flatten. Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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the Homeschool Curriculum Mountain: Finding, Using, and Reviewing

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by Laura

You guys get the drill. I didn’t want to homeschool, I decided to homeschool, I decorated our room super cute, and week one was a smash hit.  But, how in the world did I decide on the curriculum?  Who did I ask for help?  What do I think about it now? 

If you think I’ll tell you the 10 step process to find your perfect curriculum, I can’t do that.  I also won’t comment on the curriculum I didn’t choose.  There are LOTS of people out there who are like personal cheerleaders for certain curriculum so go find those guys!  What I can do is show you how I did it.  It wasn’t perfect, or pretty all the time, but maybe my journey can better yours.  

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Finding a curriculum is like finding your perfect foundation shade.  You have to have the right brand, and the right shade, and the right coverage, and make sure it doesn’t make your skin break out.  So, I’ll tell you how I ARRIVED at our decision-which I think is helpful, and I’ll tell you what we chose for your curiosity’s appeasement, but then we’ll all move on with our lives and eat scones for breakfast.  Right?    

What kind of a Homeschool Teacher am I? 

The most helpful question I asked myself was what is my goal this year in Homeschooling.  Then, I needed to decide what kind of a Homeschool Teacher I wanted to be to achieve that goal, and what environment my kid students work best in.  Did I want to be more strict or more flexible, lots of prep work or little, let the curriculum do the work or create some of my own? 

I set a goal to interview four different Homeschool Moms who had various goals and perspectives, use of public/private school.  These moms were a mix of those in the trenches, at the end of schooling, and had finished.  This was an invaluable part for me. I asked them why they homeschooled, what their philosophy was, and asked to see their curriculum.  I could see how and why their approach worked for their family, each was as unique as the family itself, and that was a great learning point for me: to know that my family’s homeschool journey would not be a carbon copy of anyone else’s nor did I need to think that our approach should be mimicked.  

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What sifted through was I wanted Eva to experience Kindergarten as I did, and learn as much or more than she would if she was in public school.  I wanted her to have some independent play-based learning, mixed with worksheets, and guided instruction from me.  I wanted to use curriculum that built on itself and linked the subjects together.  

As the teacher, I wanted a structure to keep me on task, with the ability to change up the order, lesson, or pace if need be.  I equally love organization and creativity so I wanted to be able to use my giftedness in those areas as well.  For Malachi, my goal is to introduce him to each letter, number, shape and color as well as some very early handwriting skills like straight lines, curves, and circles.  For our family, I wanted to integrate our learning throughout the day with field trips on Wednesday’s, food that pertains to our unit studies, scripture memory reinforcement during our nightly family worship time, and library trips for “go-along” books. 

Pre-School 

Finding Pre-School Curriculum

For Malachi: To back track a bit, I kind-a, sort-a, schooled Eva when she was 3 years old.  I found a bunch of printable stuff on a website and we did a 15 minute school time every day.  I really enjoyed the hands on and age appropriate activities, so when Malachi turned three, I decided not to stress myself out and just use the same thing.  I downloaded the material for free, and then I remembered.  THE PRINTING.  

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Malachi loves using the counting blocks for his number chart

Using Pre-School Curriculum

For each letter there were 14ish pages to print. Don’t worry, I’m going to do the math for you.  That’s 364 pages, of which some cute little flashcards can be cut, to print at home costs ink and paper, to print at a Staples place would cost you: 116.00. We bought a laser printer because we knew our homeschooling was going to require a lot of, you know, printing, so our cost was less than that, but I’m not sure you want to put me on the world’s wisest most frugal person list.  Anyway, I still really like her stuff, but it is way too much to spend on a three year old.  

Reviewing Pre-School Curriculum

If I could give any recommendation for pre-school go to your nearest book store (not an amazon search) and browse, (actually open) their educational books.  There’s so many cute workbooks that you could do with them.  But please look inside and ask yourself if your individual 3, 4, 5 year old would be ready for that material.  Count the pages in each section to see if that is reasonable.  Some of those books are unnecessarily HUGE.  

Book based learning like Before Five in a Row would be so cute too.  Look at this Blueberries for Sal Pinterest board dedicated to BFIAR.  Again, that makes my heart go pitter pat, but it might make you hyperventilate.  

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Finding Kindergarten Curriculum 

How do you even start?!  People were suggesting Homeschool conferences where you can look at materials.  The only way you could drag me to one of those is if you feed me a Margarita for breakfast, held my hand the whole time, and promised me cheesecake afterwards. So, you could tell it was really going well.  I googled some curriculums, but that was still overwhelming.  So I started Facebook Messaging people, and they would say, “have you looked at MFW yet”?  WHAT???!!!  I had no clue you had to abbreviate all of your curriculum and come up with homeschool slang that was indecipherable to newbies.  So I waited until my homeschool mom interviews, because I needed someone to pat my hand and hold it and open up books in front of me and smile at me.   

That’s when I found Five in a Row.  And yes, people refer to it as FIAR, but, I’m not cool yet with the acronyms.   The minute I saw how it worked, saw that it could be simple or psycho, I was sold.  Five In A Row starts with a book that gets read each day over a week, (we do one book over two weeks), and you study concepts from the book in Five ways: Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, Math and Science.  

Using Kindergarten Curriculum

Here’s how that looks in real life.  We did the book Lentil for our first two weeks of school and on Monday we did Social Studies looking at Ohio and then Patriotism.  Tuesday is Language Arts for vocabulary, and the parts of a story.  Wednesday was Art: we drew with Charcoal using different techniques and the next week we drew pictures of our community.  Thursday we studied fractions in music, and then I made up math problems from the illustrations in the book.  Lastly, Friday we discovered our taste buds, and learned about acoustics.  

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The only thing about FIAR is that you have to create lesson plans, (they give you a template) based on your Homeschooling Goals.  There is a wonderful manual with ideas under each of the five sections, but you must choose what would work well for your child, choose how you would implement that, and if you need any materials, you will need to plan ahead and get those lined up for that week.  Not to mention you have to purchase or check out each book from the Library.  So there is definitely planning that goes into this curriculum, but I didn’t mind.  I found some wonderful Pinterest Boards and free printable and got that organized.  

I joined a Five In A Row Facebook group and that has been super helpful as well.  When you find a curriculum, go and find the bloggers, the forums, the pinterest pages, and the Facebook groups for them, it will be worth it.  

Now that Eva had some great book driven learning, it bothered me that Eva wouldn’t be getting handwriting, reading, math… so I started searching and again, CURRICULUM DIARRHEA.  

By chance I stumbled upon another homeschooling blog that had an entire Kindergarten Curriculum to print, I spent several days looking over it and decided that it would be good for the gaps I wanted to fill. Besides, I was running out of time to choose and was sick and tired of research.  THIS IS NOT THE WAY YOU WANT TO HANDLE THIS DECISION, OK? 

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Long story short, I am now printing thousands of pages from this curriculum, laminating, cutting, bagging, filing.  I chose this unwisely.  Costing a small fortune.  

Reviewing Kindergarten Curriculum

I puffy heart emoji Five In A Row.  I feel like it would be a perfect summer curriculum for anyone, non-homeschoolers too.  I love how everything we are learning gets hooked into the book and linked together.  I wish all of the curriculum was like that instead of the piece meal we are doing right now.  

I wish I wasn’t printing so much, and cutting, and laminating.  I am SO glad that I challenged myself to do three months of lesson planning before school started.  What on earth would we do if I hadn’t done that prep work.  

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I did add Bob Books, and the Kukmon Time Telling and Money Counting Material which I am very pleased with.  

For this year, we are sticking with what we’ve got.  We’re invested financially, we like it, and it works well for the students.  Next year, I will be very honed into what I am looking for and it will be quick for me to determine what curriculum meets our educational, and time needs.  

Is this interesting to you guys?  I think it’s fascinating how people can choose, review, switch, make better, and create their own schooling!  

Happy Weekend Friends! 

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