T.I.P.ster Guest Post: Summer Learning Plans

Kristin from Bits and Pieces from My Life asked me a few weeks ago if I’d be interested in guest posting for one of her T.I.P.ster weeks talking about my summer learning plans. And I was all, “Me!? Are you sure you want me?” To which she assured me that indeed she did want me! Wow – I’m so honored.

So yay! This is my very first time ever writing a guest post, and I’m very excited!

Today I’m going to be chatting with you about my summer learning plans with my kiddos. Drum roll, please…

I’m a huge proponent of the whole “you never stop learning” thing. It’s so true, and even as an adult, I can say that I’m constantly learning. I try to be mindful with my kids when they see something new to take the time to talk about it.

We rescued two butterflies recently – one whose wing was damaged and the other who was floating in the pool. The boys both got to hold the butterflies in their hands. And we got to talk about things like – where the eyes are, and the curly thing is its tongue, and how it drinks the nectar from the flowers. T was even up for tasting the nectar from an ixora flower. Great, great teachable moments!

And though I love those teachable moments and I hope for many this summer… My oldest son? My oldest son thrives on structure. Without some kind of structure he goes berserk. Give him too much free play time during the day and he’s bouncing off the walls. That became very evident to me at a very early age. But if I take just a little bit of time to sit down and do something structured with him in the morning, he tends to do much better throughout the rest of the day.

Last summer we opted to do math. We took a week off for VBS. And days off to swim or go to the park or do other fun summer stuff. But on the slow weeks, we’d pull out the math book and do some lessons. And that worked out really well for us.

But this year? This year I’m soooooo excited!

While I was pursuing the Rainbow Resource catalog, pondering over what I wanted to use with T for school next year. I came across a Creation unit study that sounded so fun! I bought God Made the World & Me which is geared towards Preschoolers and Kindergarteners, but there’s also Creation which is for 1-4th grades.

It’s only 13 lessons long {which can translate to 13 weeks, unless you want to do more than one a week}, and the price  was great at $10.50.

Honestly, I’m not very good with coming up with hands-on projects on my own, so I’m really excited about all the fantastic activities they suggest. There’s science and art and games and songs. And weekly lessons of course. :) Everything is all neatly bundled up and spelled out. I just have to do it! For this just starting out homeschool mama, that’s the way to go!

We did our first lesson last week. The boys LOVED it! Yay! That makes me so happy! We talked about how God created light on Day 1 of Creation.

{Cornstarch in water – the earth was formless and void}

“Why study creation this summer?” you ask. There is so much to be learned from creation. Not just about the world that God created, but about the Creator Himself. As we move from Kindergarten to First Grade, we’ll be studying more than just math and phonics. I want T to have a good solid foundation to build his thinking on. Creation teaches us that “God is strong,” “God can do anything,” “Only God can create something from nothing,” “God knows everything,” “God is creative,” “We are made in His image – isn’t that awe-inspiring?” and so much more! I know that T is young, and he’s not going to grasp it all {I don’t even grasp it all!}. But I want to be laying for him a strong foundation in knowing that everything comes from God and that we should bring everything we think back around to God.

{Bursts of “light”}

I’m really excited to do some fun hands-on activities with my boys this summer! And I’m pretty certain they are going to love it! I’m also excited because this curriculum is at a level where Mr B can totally be involved and comprehend what’s going on.

{Mr B – the artist at work}

And in case that isn’t enough! {Hey, I’m an overachiever!}

I’m also hoping to squeeze in a simple study on trains. Mr B and I were at the library the other day and they “happened” to have a big train display with all kinds of model trains. He was in love! Come to find out, that display will be coming to a little museum that is near where we live. Score! The boys have also been begging to ride a real train. So I’m thinking – we’ll get some library books and watch a few videos, check out the display at the museum, and take a little train ride. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

We’ll read too. We always do. The boys beg, beg, beg for it, and I’m more than happy to oblige!

So that’s my “learning plans” for this summer! How about you? Do you have any plans for the summer?

Be sure to hop over to Kristin’s at Bits and Pieces from My Life and Allyson’s at A Heart for Home and Christy’s at A Living Homeschool to see what they’re up to this summer! I’m sure you’ll find lots of great ideas!

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  1. Kristin says:

    That unit study looks like a lot of fun! The activities look basic enough, too, that they won’t be burdensome. (I know when my oldest were preschoolers, I would start off great and then tend to fizzle out.)

    I, too, believe that we are always, always learning! It never stops.

  2. Thanks so much for guest posting for TIPsters this week!

    I love your idea of the Creation unity study. It looks like your boys LOVE it! I also love the idea of following your son’s interest in trains. And I second (or third) the concept of always learning, it’s amazing what we pick up during unofficial school time :)

  3. debi says:

    …there is a train museum in Miami that I’ve wanted to visit…we should go with the kiddos–Mom

  4. katy says:

    you could always ride the train to Omaha to see Aunt Kate and Uncle Joel :)

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