Our summer is officially under way. We have set up our binders, we have Summer goals listed and BINGO plans are under way. It is going to be a full summer.
Summer for me is busier because the kids are home. And more kids at that (1-4 extra daily). I don't have my usual 2 free days from which to choose what to do. Alone (or rather with Mitchell - but sort of alone). I am going to miss my freedom. But I will also enjoy having the kids at home.
I think that these things are going to help:
Summer binders - these will keep us organized and hopefully remind us of all that we can do this summer and keep boredom from settling in. They are laid out as follows:
1: Kidding Around title page
2: BINGO rules
3: BINGO Rewards
4: Journaling books - the goal is to have the kids write 1-2 sentences each day on a variety of topics
5: Reading log - listing the books read over the summer (one BINGO ticket is given for every 10 books read)
6: Exercise papers (aka summer homework) note: we are trying to use up all of those old workbooks that are half full - you know what ones I mean???
and finally - blank page protectors for scrapbooking pages to be done. (and btw - the "dolls" they are holding are their "pals" - more info to come - part of "Kidding Around" below)
We are following a combination of ideas from Stacy Julian (Big Picture Scrapbooking) and Tami Morrison (Big Picture Scrapbooking's Kidding Around).
Kidding Around - this workshop is sending weekly emails encouraging us moms and kids to do some fun activities this summer and also to get us all to do a little scrapbooking along the way. If I can get the kids involved in this fun hobby then I'm all for it.
Some of our summer goals include:
Picnic at local Park
Cierra – Visit Mom
Pond/ River at Senior's Village
Visit a New Park
Sleep in tent outside
Park near school
Shopping at the mall
Make a secret hideout
Sleep in the bunky at the farm
Scrapbook our summer
Waterfront Park - with round swings
Purple and Green Dinosaur Point Park
When I am finished with the BINGO cards I'll elaborate further, otherwise you can see last years info here. We are adapting some of it - changing rewards, changing goals etc.