Yesterday was about goals, but I didn’t want them to think that the whole summer was going to be serious! Today I went with a more creative feel. The boys started out with their workbooks first today, I think they just really wanted to get them out of the way. A got a bit frustrated because the books are teaching him cursive writing (something that is NOT taught in the schools here, but I feel is an important skill to learn). After the grumblings of having to “learn a new way to write”, it was time to crack open the writing journals. Today’s topic was super silly and encouraged the boys to write a fictional paragraph. Each boy had to start off their journal entry with “Today the dog took the car for a joyride…” Both boys came up with very imaginative responses and even wrote more than the few sentences that I requested!
Then we moved on the electronics. Now, before anyone freaks out, I was (technically still am) a substitute teacher for the boys’ school district. I know which sites the school has the children use during their computer lab times (ask your child’s teacher for ideas, 9 times out of 10 the sites are completely FREE). One of them is ABCYA.com if you have never checked it out, I highly recommend it. It has site word bingo, math games, reading games, and even grammar based games and all of them are arranged by the child’s grade level. I am having the boys play the games for the level that they are entering, so that way the games are a bit more challenging.
After lunch (and a call to maintenance for a backed up AC), we decided to finish up with some Art. When I was substituting for an art class, I was inspired by this one teacher’s fantastic idea of coloring Lego people. The classes that participated in this activity loved it, so I figured that my boys might as well. I scoured the internet to find the coloring sheets, and found them! You can download your very own PDF for this project at The Happily Uprooted Blog.