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 

Show and Tell: Summer Olympics

With the 2012 Summer Olympics quickly approaching, I wanted to remind you all about this free Olympics lapbook that Homeschool Share has available.  Many of the lapbook pieces from the 2008 Summer Olympics lapbook that Homeschool Share offered are the same as you find in the 2012 lapbook.  One major exception would be the country study of where the Olympics is taking place — England.

 

Here is an example of the 2008 Summer Olympic lapbook from Learning at His Feet.

 

The entire family worked on this one lapbook together.  Each child had a special part in creating this masterpiece.  There are many things you can do with a study this large.  They have chosen to combine pieces from Homeschool Share and Grace Bound books.

 

 

There is much information about Beijing and China throughout this lapbook, including what your name would look like in Chinese.  (when you are doing the 2012 Olympic study, all the country information, of course, will be about England.)

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The highlight of the lapbook is the Symbols and Traditions of the Olympics and little mini books about many of the more popular events.  It really helps the child to understand what they are watching when they see the Olympics in action.  It’s fun for the kids to choose a “favorite” event and follow it all the way through!  (I know on the regular networks, it’s hard to catch some of these events even being covered.  If you have access to some cable or satellite networks, you’re more likely to see some of the rarely covered events.)

 

 

This is a great mapping activity to include in your study.  Amazing to see how many different places the torch travels!

 

 

This is a huge lapbook! Here you can see the list of participating countries. Wow!

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Great job on this lapbook, kids!  And a wonderful way to get the kiddos engaged in watching the Olympics and make it more personal.  You could even replicate some of the events at your own house and hold a “Family Olympics”.  This would be a great idea for a family reunion also where you have more people to join in!

 

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Shanna is mother to 8 children and loves to teach them at home while learning right along with them.  You can find more about her family at Learning at His Feet and their newer blog Integritas Academy.