This seems to be the time of year that we are all looking for summer activities for kids. Are you with me on that one? My difficult part to this sometimes is I have two children who are close in age (5 and almost 4) and then I have a 1 year old. Some activities they can all join together and do while others they can’t.

 

Swimming in the pool is a big one

What child doesn’t love to swim in the pool? I know my boys could live in ours all day and night if they could. There are so many things that you can do in a pool. Where they are getting exercise and they can even learn things while they are in the pool.

Using chalk or paint on the sidewalk

What a creative activities to do! This gives them the chance to draw or write they want to. Another plus it is easy to clean up when it needs to be cleaned up.

Fun with Squirt Guns

During the summer kids love to play with water even outside of the pool. This summer activity for kids is something that has been done for years. Using squirt guns provides so much and so many different activities that can be done.

Make Smores 

Making smores is fun for everyone. Sitting around that fire at night telling stories and eating smores makes for a fun end to any summer night.

Camping

You could probably do this during other times of the year but camping in the summer is much warmer. Camping provides a fun learning experience the whole family can join in.

Go to the Zoo

Going to the zoo is always fun. It gives you the chance to see what animals there are and what they do.

Pack a picnic

Pack a picnic for everyone enjoy it anywhere. You could bring it the park, go to a concert. The best part of having a picnic you can do it anywhere.

Summer activities for kids can range in so many different things. You could come up with anything and do it anywhere for it to be fun. What do you do for summer activities for kids? Do you have traditional activities or just do whatever you want?

Are you considering homeschooling in the summer? Been wondering if it would be right for you and wondering what the pros and cons would be?

You can work on the subjects that your kids struggled with over the rest of the year. 

For us this is going to be the main reason for why we homeschool over the summer. My oldest has dyslexia and has a very rough time with anything related to English. So having the summer to work on those skills will help him be able to grasp more later on.

There are so many other learning experiences that you can do during the same that you can’t during the rest of the year.

This including swimming, where they can learn how to swim or just have fun in the pool. Gardening is another great lesson that they can learn, this providing them the knowledge of how our food is grown and how to do it themselves.

Having the routine will help your children thrive

This is another reason why we are homeschooling over the summer. My kids right now are thriving on this schedule. When we take off long periods of time with no schooling they don’t know what to do.

It will give your gifted children a chance to dig deeper in the subjects they are interested in

This will be a nice thing for you gifted children. Sometimes they don’t want to stop working on a subject they have working on. Working through the summer will give them a chance to dig deeper and learn more of what they want to learn.

You don’t have to feel like you are rushed the rest of the year

With homeschooling in the summer you don’t have to feel like you need to rush and get your school work done during the school year. You are able to do whatever work still and focus on what you need to focus on more.

You are able to take vacations outside of the summer time if needed

There are some peoples schedules that don’t allow them to take breaks during this time of the year but they can during another time of the year. This makes it possible to make up the work that you did during that vacation time.

Do you homeschool through the summer? If you do has it helped you and your kids to be able to learn better and more relaxed?

We all have one those of those days where you just homeschool when you don’t want to. Trying to remind ourselves that if we continue that it will continue helping our kids and ourselves. What do we do then to continue on?

 

Take a break or a longer break

It might just be that you need a break. Whether it is just you who needs the break as the parent or you and your kids need the break. It is okay to take a break, we all need one. With homeschooling it is possible to do that easier than it would be for other families. Being flexible is a big important part of homeschooling. Sometimes we are doing school work for a really like period of time and can’t focus anymore. Or we are getting ready to go back to doing school work after a break like Christmas break and need more time. It is normal to need a break or need a longer one.

Start reading an inspirational book

There are other homeschool parents who go through the same thing as we go through too. Some have written a book that may end up helping through the situation. When reading you can find reasons as to why you will want to continue homeschooling. You can find these books anywhere even your local library.

Make sure you make things simple

Another thing to help you when you homeschool when you don’t want to is make things simple. If you are doing something like giving tests or needing to keep grades for your high school students take a break from doing those things. Do other homeschool methods that will make it so that you won’t have to do these things. An example of a method that would make this happen would be unit studies. Don’t worry they don’t last for a long time, they usually last a few weeks so you can take a break then go back to doing grades for records.

Think about what is making you feel this way

Think about what is actually making you feel like you don’t want to homeschool. Also think about how it would be if you would send your kids to private school or public school. How would it affect your family? Would sending them to school be the better solution for you as a family or continuing to homeschool? What are the factors involved in your life that could affect this?

Is there a schedule of a family member that would make it hard to spend time together? Is the education your kids would get from the public or private school something that would work for them individually? Once you take all the factors into account this will help you decide the direction that is needed to go.

 

Have you ever had one of these moments? What did you do about continuing or not continuing to homeschool when you don’t want to? Let us know!

Are you like me always looking for activities for toddlers to do when they need something to entertain them? My youngest wants to be doing something like his older brothers so I have been working on finding things that he can do himself while still learning.  There are so many different things that I came across that I am bringing out for him.

Balloon Paint Pop by The Coffee Mom

Take out your darts and some paint filled balloons. Make sure to pop them outside though unless you want your floors painted.

Donut counting Mats by The Inspiration Edit

Isn’t this great! What child doesn’t love playdoh, I know my boys love using it as much as possible in our homeschool.

Fourth of July Place Mat Craft by Penlights to Pacifiers

This look fun and cute. Also a great fine motor skill practice!

Toddler Personalized Canvas by Treasure Every Moment

What a fun way for your child to make a special personalized canvas that they will have control over what colors it will become.

Three Homemade Toddler Approved Activities by Adventures with Ellie

Do your kids love to play with bubbles, paint and playdoh? Here are some homemade recipes for each!

Pom Pom Drop Activity by Laughing Kids Learn

If you are anything like us you have a bunch of pom poms. This activity is a fun way to use them for your toddler! My older boys join in on with this one too.

Pasta Threading fine motor skill by Laughing Kids Learn

 

Fairy Volcano Science Project by The Coffee Mom

Volcanoes are so fun to make and watch its reaction especially when there is fun items inside of it.

Cork Painting by The Picky Apple

This is an interesting way of painting.

 

Did you like these activities and crafts? Finding activities for toddlers can be fun, you never know what you will find! Maybe you will like some activities based off of children’s books, and learning activities using Dollar Tree items.

Have other suggestions let us know below!

 

 

Are you starting to set up your homeschool goals for your next school year while looking for the right curriculum? While making these homeschool goals keeping the love of learning is really important as it will help you homeschool life successful. I know personally with my boys it can be sometimes challenging to determine the goals for each year as they always seem to be in completely different places than each other which is normal but also surprise me randomly with what they may know making me change our homeschool goals.

Ask where you and your kids are currently

Look at what is going on with your homeschool life to determine what will and will not continue to work. You can do this by asking yourself some important questions.

Is there something that involved in our homeschool that needs to be changed?

Why are we homeschooling? Do my goals work with why we are homeschooling?

Are there weaknesses that we need to take care of?

Do my kids have new interests that we could use while learning? Is there something in particular they really want to learn about?

When you ask yourself these questions you can determine what needs to be changed for the following year. There always will be some changes that will need to be made. For us one change will be where we do our schoolwork for at least my oldest. He has a hard time focusing if there is a lot going on around him so we will be doing school in an area where his younger brothers and everyone else won’t be as much.

Create general areas for the goals

This means set up some areas that your goals can fall under. They can be split up into different sections so that you can cover everything in an easier way.

You can split them up kind of something like this

Religious Goals

Atmosphere Goals

Academic Goals

By splitting  these areas up you can plan out your goals in a much easier way and it will actually help you come up with what you want to happen the next section of your life.

Make your goals

Once you have gotten the areas you want to make goals for you can start making your goals. This can be done by making a few goals under each area. Look what is considered important for your kids to learn that year. Also think about where your children are in their education experience. When it comes to the religious area I try to make sure that my kids are learning a few things that God wants them to know and incorporate into their lives as children of God. The atmosphere as I mentioned before will depend on how your children learn and what they need to do in order to learn.

Do you have some tips to set homeschool goals? How do you set homeschool goals?

As humans it is nice to be able to receive things but it wasn’t meant for only that to happen. It was meant for everyone to learn the importance of giving. This is something that as parents we need to make sure that our kids know this. Kids love to receive things but they need to remember that giving is even more important. Whether it be giving to a friend or family member or giving to a cause that is important to them. Giving is one way for everyone to be able to live the life that is best for them.

Share with them that some may not have all the things that we may have

Most of us are blessed with many things which is something that kids sometimes do not realize. While we maybe blessed, others that maybe near us or in other parts of the world do not have what we have. Teaching your children this will help show them what we have other kids do not and we can help them by giving them the necessary things to survive.

Set the beginning with a small act of giving

Your kids might have a hard time seeing what they could do for others may actually help those that they are helping. Have them spend some time mowing the lawn for a neighbor, helping someone around their home or even bring them to a community place that they could a larger group of people so that they can what are one of the biggest problems in your community.

Set a good example of giving

Your children are not going to truly know the importance of giving unless they see us doing it.  Seeing us doing an act of positive giving can help them see how important it is and how it will benefit the person they would be helping.

Make sure they now they can make a difference

It is important to feel like when they are giving that what they are giving will truly make a difference.  They won’t feel good about giving to others until they feel good about themselves and what they are doing that would help others.

Remember if you and are children are giving on a regular basis then they will surprise you with the compassion that they will have for others.

How do you and your kids get involved in helping others? Please share what you do!

We are almost to the point of both my boys reading on their own! So I had to search for some books that would work for them as new readers. Right now we are reading them together but I know soon they will be reading them on their own. As I know there are other parents out there that are looking for the same thing I thought it would be good for all of you if you were given the chance to see some books that could help your new reader or soon to be reader. Here are some of our favorites!

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Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

This is one of my boys favorites. We are always reading it over and over together to the point where they are pretty much telling the story by heart to me. Sometimes they just want to read it themselves.

 Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

Such a cute book with a bunch of rhyming. My boys laugh through the whole book.

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I am sure we all have heard of this book! Where the caterpillar is eating so many items each day and then finally turn into a beautiful butterfly.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Don’t forget to read this classic and find that cute little mouse on each page.

Biscuit Series by  Alyssa Satin Capucilli

This is such a great series and what makes them even better are they are an easy read!

Five Little Monkeys Series by Eileen Christelow

Repetition is great for new readers and with this series they are always loving reading them. Each child seems to be able to understand how the little monkeys are silly.

 

What are some favorite books for your new readers? Share with us below or write a comment on our Facebook page.

Also while your kids are reading these you should check out these books for homeschool moms!

 

Do you use essential oils and homeschool? Been looking for something that will work for you and your kids to help you all while doing your homeschooling time? We started using essential oils not that long ago and have incorporated them in our daily homeschooling time. They have helped with my kids and I with focusing on what we are working on and so many other problems that could arise throughout the time doing all the work.

  1. A focus blend that I personally put together.

This blend has four different essential oils that are added in with only a few drops for each. This is put into a diffuser to spread it throughout the whole room.  The blend consists of:

2 drops of Rosemary

3 drops of Lemon

1 Drop Peppermint

1 Drop Frankincense

This blend has changed the possibility for us all to focus so much better. Before using this blend we had a really difficult time where now we can work with no problem.

2.Another focus blend that could help if the first one doesn’t help you.

2 drops Vetiver

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Lavender

3. Need help with memory? Either you or your kids while working on memorizing those words and other important information that needs to be remembered.

1 drop Cinnamon

2 drops Rosemary

3 drops Lemon

3 drops Lavender

4. Do you have a child that doesn’t want to study or even worse woke up on the wrong side of the bed this blend will help boost their mood.

1 drop Lemon

1 drop Lime

2 drops Tangerine

2 drops Grapfruit

5. Are you having a hard time waking up mom? Or are your kids? Here is a blend that could help you all with that.

3 drops Orange

3 drops Peppermint

6. Are you kids having a time where you just can’t seem to get them to calm down? Here is a blend that can help you calm them down.

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Chamomile

Since starting to use Essential Oils we have had so many changes happen to us. We are being healthier and are able to have a more productive day while doing our school work. The oils have given us a different life where we haven’t had to depend on antibiotics and other types of medications.

 

Have you tried any of these blends or have some ones that are not here? If you can think of others please share with us below.

 

Spring time brings out more birds, a time of year the birds come out which means a lot of beautiful music coming from them. All three of my boys love watching them so I decided that it would be fun to make a bird feeder of our own. This brought on searching for many ideas that we could possibly try out. The fact that they were going to be able to watch them while eating and living each day kept them very excited.

  1. Use a recyclable tube to make this easy and fun bird feeder.
  2. Make a cookie cutter bird feeder with just a few supplies.
  3. Adorable craft stick bird feeders made only with craft sticks and glue!
  4. Make this feeder out of just oranges, string and feed.
  5. Try making these adorable and very creative plastic bottle feeder.
  6. Think making a plastic bottle feeder would be fun why not try making one out of a clean milk carton.
  7. Does your child need some help with some fine motor skills? They could try making this feeder out of cheerios.
  8. How many eggs do your family eat. Well once you are done with one of the cartons make sure to keep it make this egg carton bird feeder.
  9. It seems we always have pinecones laying around in our yard no matter where we look. Grabbing one of those would make it possible to make another bird feeder.
  10. What would even be a better way to recycle a tin can than to make a feeder out of it.
  11. Did you ever think that when you are buying cups that you would be using it later for something different? Why not trying making a feeder out of one. Just use one of your tea cups and the saucer and you are all set.

Have you ever thought of  using any of these kind of materials for a bird feeder. I know some of them I never had thought of before. The ones that we have made were very fun to put together.

Have you ever made your own feeder yourself? Share it with us in the comments below.

If you are anything like us you will be starting your garden for this year. Right now I am sure that means inside for most of us as the spring has not brought on enough warm weather yet to really be able to start planting. My kids love to help with our garden especially my 3 year old. They are the ones that help with putting soil in the pots if we are using pots for something. They also help with placing the seeds in the designated holes. So here are some tips that could possibly help you.

  1. Make sure that all your tools and seeds are ready.

We got the boys their own little tools so they didn’t need to use ours. Theirs are the safer plastic kind instead of the metal ones that we use as adults. This way they can help with the dirt and soil. Having all your seeds handy can also help get them into the designated spots faster and easier too.

2. Let your kids do as much as they can.

Letting them do as much as they can (depending on their age) will help them learn better about building a garden and will give them ownership with the garden.

3. As you are planting talk about the seeds and other materials that you are using.

With talking about the seeds and other materials they are able to learn about what each is, what you can use them for and all other information about them. Also talking about the tools and everything before talking will give them a chance to know what they are supposed to be doing with the tools.

4. Tell them that planting the seeds will take some time.

Telling them that it will take time to plant the seeds and for them to grow will show that they don’t grow right away. You can also get them a journal of their own so that they can keep track of what is happening with the garden. They would be able to keep track of each plant.

 

I hope that these tips will help you and your kids grow your garden. Also that you all enjoy with planting your garden and of course the process of eating everything after.

What are some tips you would give to other parents about gardening with their kids?