School is out, the kids' schedules have relaxed, thoughts of fun and sun have been churning in the minds of my boys.
However, this mom has other plans besides lazy days of summer all vacation long.
Usually, they are all up by 9am but once in awhile I get the joy of poking, prodding and maybe even
|Even the 2 year old gets some 'workbook' time by just sitting with his|
brothers and coloring
You know the cool thing? I don't get push back! I get excitement. Excitement to start, excitement when they understand what is expected of them, excitement to have it finished.
After workbooks they do 'Summer Jobs' (http://militaryblog.militaryavenue.com/2009/06/summer-jobs.html - a staple to my summer routine), then they have the opportunity to play some educational games on the web; favorite websites include:
- http://www.starfall.com (this one is younger but we have used it in years past)
This structure is making for a very comfortable summer. No "Mom I'm bored!", not as much fighting, and I know that in the long run I'm keeping their brain busy which will help them in just a few short months when they are back in the class room.
What do you do to keep your kids engaged? Favorite websites? Favorite Summer time activities? I'd love to hear!
- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com