Monday, July 11, 2016

Emerald's Summer School (Kindergarten, 2016)

At the end of May, I bought Emerald a Big Kindergarten Workbook from School Zone. My plan was to do about 4 pages a day throughout the summer to keep her brain fresh and exercised. Instead, Emerald ADORED her book, did more like 12-24 pages a day just for fun, begged me to do more school constantly and finished her book in about 6 weeks. Seriously, I cannot keep up with how fast my girls want to learn. 

Our new summer school routine is to spend about an hour a day playing educational games, reading books, doing puzzles and practicing with flashcards. I keep all of these activities in a small plastic bin and I let Emerald pick which she wants to do each day. She LOVES this and BEGS to "do summer school" every day. Mercedes usually plays with us.

For Emerald to choose from, we have Alphabet Bingo, Shapes Lotto, Numbers Lotto and Locations Lotto.

Flashcards to practice numbers, letters, shapes, colors and opposites. 

And puzzles to practice shapes, numbers and letters. 

She can also choose to play games to "exercise her brain" like memory.

After we play several games and activities, Emerald picks some stories from our bookshelf for me to read to her. The girls are really into reading books this summer. They have just finished the summer reading program at the library and it helped them to remember how much they love books!

Ben stays involved in the Bible part of the girls' education by reading from a variety of Bible books every night. He chooses a Bible story from one of our 4 Bible story books (Biblically accurate Bible stories told at a level a child can understand). He uses "My Good Night Bible by Bean Sprouts, Big Ideas in the Bible by Charles R. Swindoll, The Children's Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor and Egermeier's Bible Story Book by Elsie E.Egermeier, revised by Arlene S. Hall. He reads a devotional every night out of The One Year's My Princess Devotions, the preschool addition by Karen Whitings,and helps the girls memorize one Bible verse a week from the book I Can Learn the Bible (52 scriptures every kid should know) by Holly Hawkins Shivers. Whenever there are Bible verses to look up in any of these books, Ben uses Mercedes' NIV version Precious Princess Bible by Zonderkidz.

We have also been spending lots of time this summer playing outside, coloring (we are really getting into adult coloring pages lately), painting and doing other crafts, and playing games. The girls' current favorites are Slamwich and Ruckus. We have a pool pass so more often than not we go to the public swimming pool at night when Ben gets off work, and in the afternoons on his days off. The girls are both taking a gymnastics class this summer and love to practice their tricks and make up dance routines every day. This summer is a beautiful balance between physical activities, unstructured play time, arts and crafts and school review. 

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