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schwartzkari
06-17-2010, 05:19 PM
I ordered my daughter the "Summertime Learning: Prepare Your Child for First Grade" workbooks from the book club we are members of. It is a workbook with 8 weeks of planned curriculum in reading, writing and math to do over the summer. I'm extremely impressed with the workbook. In the back there are reading lists and other printable activities. The publisher of the workbook is "Teacher Created Resources."

I just wanted to share. I thought it might be helpful to anyone who is new to homeschooling and has little ones. Might be a good way to test the homeschooling waters. :)

Shoe
06-17-2010, 05:22 PM
I wanted to pick up some bridge learning books for the kids this summer... but both kids were outraged and utterly opposed, and even my wife didn't give me much support on this issue. I lost. I guess I can't win them all :(

Busygoddess
06-17-2010, 05:42 PM
I wanted to pick up some bridge learning books for the kids this summer... but both kids were outraged and utterly opposed, and even my wife didn't give me much support on this issue. I lost. I guess I can't win them all :(

Workbooks like that can be good for younger kids. For older kids, though, I recommend doing something less formal & more interest-led. When we take breaks, the kids do Science kits, read about things they're interested in, watch documentaries they choose, etc. Over our last break, the kids did a Dinosaur & fossil kit, a MythBusters Water kit and messed around with a solar power kit. We have another solar power kit & a Pyramid science kit for the next break.
So, if one was interested in planes, you could pick up some model planes to assemble, watch a few shows on the history of flight or on specific planes. Something like like might be a good compromise between your wanting them to do something educational & their not wanting to do 'school' over their summer break.

Shoe
06-17-2010, 05:59 PM
Workbooks like that can be good for younger kids. For older kids, though, I recommend doing something less formal & more interest-led. When we take breaks, the kids do Science kits, read about things they're interested in, watch documentaries they choose, etc. Over our last break, the kids did a Dinosaur & fossil kit, a MythBusters Water kit and messed around with a solar power kit. We have another solar power kit & a Pyramid science kit for the next break.
So, if one was interested in planes, you could pick up some model planes to assemble, watch a few shows on the history of flight or on specific planes. Something like like might be a good compromise between your wanting them to do something educational & their not wanting to do 'school' over their summer break.

That sounds like great advice. I've already got a lot of field trips planned in historical Kingston ON Canada this summer, including Fort Henry National Historic Site (http://www.forthenry.com/), the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (http://www.marmuseum.ca/), the Correctional Service of Canada Museum (http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/organi/org05-3-eng.shtml), and Upper Canada Village (http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/). The kids have also asked to go on the Haunted Walk of Kingston (http://www.hauntedwalk.com/kingstontours.php). And then we'll be going to Washington DC at the end of the summer...so maybe that is enough "educational" stuff for the summer months this year.

Sarbare0704
06-17-2010, 06:42 PM
Thanks! I'm going to have to look into this!

dbmamaz
06-17-2010, 08:24 PM
I just got my order from the Critical THinking company - Dr Dooriddles A1 for my 1st grader, and Critical Thinking Book one and Quick Thinks Math C1 for my 14 yo. I did a little bit with each boy, even tho we are on vacation this week and next (meaning, no structured activities, but still at home) - both boys liked them! I plan on summer being 2-3 science experiments from that '101 science expermiments' book i got used from amazon, a few pages of these worksheets, and 30 minutes of reading (science or fiction) for the older and 30 minutes of T4L for the younger . . . that will be our 'light' schedule.

schwartzkari
06-17-2010, 09:08 PM
I asked my daughter if she wanted a break over the summer like her public school friends and she got upset with me! "No Mommy! I want to learn!" Alright then, LOL. Not going to argue with that. She's currently doing a full 1st grade curriculum every day that I made for her and she still asked for more, so that is why I bought the summertime learning workbook. I told her she could start the workbook this coming Monday.

Busygoddess
06-19-2010, 05:41 PM
That sounds like great advice. I've already got a lot of field trips planned in historical Kingston ON Canada this summer, including Fort Henry National Historic Site (http://www.forthenry.com/), the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (http://www.marmuseum.ca/), the Correctional Service of Canada Museum (http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/organi/org05-3-eng.shtml), and Upper Canada Village (http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/). The kids have also asked to go on the Haunted Walk of Kingston (http://www.hauntedwalk.com/kingstontours.php). And then we'll be going to Washington DC at the end of the summer...so maybe that is enough "educational" stuff for the summer months this year.

That all sounds like great educational summer stuff. When I was in school, my summers were spent in various ways - my grandparents would take me to museums, zoos, and (sometimes) the theater; staying with my aunt & uncle in Ohio & visiting museums & the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame; taking classes in Whiz Kids College (a program our community college has for kids in the summer) Astronomy, Earth Science, a few other Science classes, French, & Model Rocketry; and swimming at the YWCA, my mom worked there for a few years, so I knew all the employees & got to swim for free until I was 12 & we moved to another city. I enjoyed summer so much more than the school year.