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Summer Reading Programs

13 Aug

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I had intended to write about summer reading programs at the beginning of summer, but what can I say…time got away from me! 🙂 In June I read through this post about some of the free programs available this summer, and in the end decided to have my daughters participate in the program that Half Price Books stores were offering.

We kept a daily log (that we printed off the Half Price Books website) of each girl’s reading minutes. The girls had to read a minimum of 300 minutes (or be read to, for the younger kids like my Kindergartener) during the month of June, and again during the month of July. Each month we turned in their reading logs and they received a $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books.

My 8 year old read over twice the required reading minutes, and we read to my 5 year old over 400 minutes each month. My 8 year old was able to purchase three books and two bookmarks with the gift certificates she earned, and my 5 year old purchased two books and two bookmarks.

I think it was a successful program, and we were happy with the outcome! Did your children participate in any summer reading programs this year? What were your favorites?

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Summer Workbooks

20 Jul

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According to The National Summer Learning Association, all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months, and some students also lose more than two months in reading achievement. For this reason, we continue learning through the summer months!

This summer I have my girls doing several different things to further their education.

My 4th grader is keeping a summer journal, where she writes each day’s activities. She is participating in a girls book club with four of her peers, and they are reading 1 book every two weeks and then meeting to discuss the book. She is also working through a 3rd to 4th grade bridging workbook that covers a variety of topics, and a cursive handwriting workbook. She is reading a book for 8 – 10 year old girls called The Care and Keeping of You, and another book called The Feelings Book.

My Kindergartener is keeping a summer “journal”, where she draws pictures of each day’s activities. She is also working through a PreK to K bridging workbook, and a basic handwriting workbook.

I feel really good about what they are accomplishing this summer, although we most likely will not finish all the books before school starts back. What do you have your kids doing over the summer to help them stay on track with their education? I would love to hear your ideas!

Banana Split Breakfast Bar

28 Jun

A couple weeks ago, to kick off the start of summer break, I invited a few of my girl’s friends over for a banana split breakfast. The girls came over in the morning wearing their pajamas, and I set up a “banana split” breakfast bar.

Instead of ice cream, we used cooked oatmeal for the base. Toppings included vanilla yogurt (in place of whip cream), sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, shredded coconut, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Yum!

I read about the idea over on Momables, and my girls and their friends had a great time with it…the “banana split” was delicious too!

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