CHALLENGESThe kids can pick a couple on their own, but everyone has to participate in the Reading Challenge. Completion of 3 Challenges =a day at the water park with Dad in August.
Frank Gilbreath Challenge: Read Cheaper by the Dozen and Bells on Their Toes, learn Morse code; learn to do 10 things more economically (Expert's Guide to Doing Things Faster).
Reach for the Sky Challenge: Read The Stargazers Guide: How to read our night sky; read "Summer Solstice" print-out, be able to I.D. 12 summer constellations you didn't know before, pick 3 units from NASA's Summer of Innovation site and do them.
Wide Open Prairie Challenge: Read Jean Craighead George's Prairie Animals book. Create a Prairie notebook; draw/write 1-3 paragraphs about 10 Prairie animals.
Reading Challenge: Read a book and write out who is the protagonist, antagonist, conflict, hero, villain? Reading lists from VP and others. # of books /summer depending on age of kid and difficulty of book.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Challenge: curls, push-ups, aerobics, etc. for each kid depending on age.
Feed Thyself Challenge Learn to bake bread, make it 3 times from scratch. Make a main dish, salad, side dish you haven't made before. Help Mom make 5 items from the garden for winter storage (sauerkraut, grape juice, dried apples, etc). Clean up after yourself.
ACTIVITIES(some are seasonal and we do them every year; 4th of July, going to the county fair for a day, etc)
sponge ball fight *
Water gun fight
PVC water hose sprinkler
K & R's 50th anniversary
PROJECTSSculpture from duct tape
Paint rocks (owls, ladybugs)
write sayings on rocks
batik crayon hanging *
glow in dark rocks *
glow in dark slime
create a collage
pizza round weaving
tin can wind chimes
tie-dye T-shirts *
make a compass
home-made geodes *
bridge building *
fireworks in a jar *
safety pin bracelet *
root beer floats
sun cupcake *
tropical fruit "trees" *
yogurt drops *
And, as always, we'll be gardening and doing house re-build projects (stairs, closets, trim, doors and bookshelves top the list), the boys are working on Latin and Flower will be doing the Horse study this summer which will result in the creation of a notebook. The season will fly by!
lmk what you think and what great ideas you have in mind for summer!