Ideas for Summer Activities For Kids: Our Summer Review

Summer Lovin'

Summer heat may still be here, but for us, our summer time is drawing to a close.  I like to look back on these past two months of June and July and see how we spent our time.  
Our family takes a break for summer to enjoy the summer activities and 
well. . . the season of summer!

When I was a little girl I went to public school and did the whole Sept-May traditional school year.  I guess that schedule never left me.  Something just happens to me on June 1st that well, my mind says, "vacation"!  I know as a homeschool family, we are all different and flexibility is the beauty of homeschooling.  
This year, I decided to focus on summer activities with my daughter to build fun memories and family bonding!  I guess you can say our vision for summer this year was to smile, read, laugh lots and have fun!

Summer Reading Challenge

We continued to read books and lots of books!  Our challenge for Princess was for her to read 50 books in two months.  I found a easy Summer Reading program printable which I  printed out, personalized and added prizes I knew Princess would like to earn.  
We used stickers for each space and posted it on the wall so we could always be aware of our goal.  

Bible reading is a favorite and we count this for her reading challenge too. 
We use Bible Reader from My Father's World and her new NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Early Readers, Revised Edition

Here is a FREE Summer Reading Bible Chart from CurrClick  that is super easy to keep track of Bible reading.  

Fancy Nancy
Princess also participated in the Barnes and Noble book challenge.  She loved picking up her new book, Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth at the end of the challenge.  I loved leaving the bookstore without having to pay for it!  Can you say, "ka-ching". 

Also, Princess loves going to the city library all year, but summer is extra special because of their summer reading program.  We finished that challenge with one day to spare.  We got a little behind, but pushed it to the end.  She wanted that free book so bad and boy was she excited when she met her goal of reading 50 books.  Can you guess what book she picked out? 
Well, to keep up with the Fancy Nancy theme (totally unplanned) she ordered Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes: I Can Read Level 1 (I Can Read Book 1)  Who doesn't love cupcakes?  One thing we both love are cupcakes! 

I also enjoyed reading books aloud to Princess and we had mommy daughter time making crafts together.  We tried a few DIY projects which took us into creating a few ways to make extra money for piano lessons.    

 We worked on a Lap Book for American girl Kit Kittredge because we just joined a online American Girl book club for mothers and daughters on CurrClick. It's a free interactive on-line book club directed by another homeschool mom and her daughter.  If your daughters like American Girl movies, dolls or books, it's super cute, free and you never have to leave your house!  Princess doesn't even have an American Doll, but she loves the movies.  So don't feel like you have to have it all to join!  I Love that!  

Our Summer Activities in Review

Swimming lessons
Public Library-book reading challenge
Free movie day with the cousins
Water Day Lunch with cousins
Vacation Bible School
Slumber party with cousins
4th of July family picnic water day
American Girl online club with CurrClick

My Activities

Attended a Online Homeschool Conference with CurrClick

Took a FREE online Blogging class with
Worked my business during June and finished my business year.
Organized and planned for new homeschool year
Created our homeschool room

As you can see out of all the activities there was no vacation this summer, but who says you have to go away for summer? 
We are thinking about planning a stay cation soon.  
I'd say we met our goal for summer fun anyway.  

So, now it's back to homeschool season officially and I will be posting more back to school posts.  
Slowly, but surely we are getting back into the routine and schedule again. 

How about you?  What are some things you have done with your children this summer?  

Keep pressing on moms, one day at a time . . . 

Blessings and Shalom,

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