August’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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It’s hard to believe August is upon us. Does summer go by super fast at your house, too?  I’m sure the summers were longer when I was a kid!  I remember the summer days being filled with reading, hiking in the woods, climbing waterfalls, swimming in the creek or the neighborhood pool, playing cards, yakking with friends, picnicking with family, going to the outdoor movie theater, picking flowers, working in the garden, and more.  Now we always seem to be on the go! Our summer is  mostly filled with preparing for and going to horse shows and our county/state fair.  August means wind down time for us–getting ready to start school again.

Even if your summer has been crazy busy and you’re gearing up for school again too, there is still time to sneak in a few more fun, summertime activities with the children!  Our August calendar has lots of great ideas to help you have fun with the last full month of summer!  And, because August is American Artists Appreciation month, be on the look-out for special posts on the blog about American artists.

Until next time, hug your kids and make the days count!

July’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Here we are to July!  What things come to mind when you think of the month of July?  Picnics, watermelon, ice cream, sprinklers, fireworks, hot dogs and s’mores, county fairs and small town festivals are just a few things I think of.

We’ve got another great calendar for you that’s filled with fun ideas and new topics to explore to make your days count!  Choose a few and enjoy your time with the kids!

June’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.

–  L. M. Montgomery

Here we are almost to June!  The halfway point of the year, and the official beginning of summer here in the United States. It’s a great month to make the days count!  Enjoy this month’s calendar, and find even more ideas on our June Calendar Pinterest Board!

And here’s a little extra this month–something for you to use when you talk about the summer solstice. You’ll find more great summertime poems in Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. (Get a FREE copy for your eReader.)

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

 Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer