Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Learning Challenge Week 4

Not all learning comes from books.

The reality is my great dreams of a Summer Learning Challenge didn't pan out as planned. Weeks 1 and 2 were pretty good. Week 3 was lost in the shuffle and chaos of Girl Scout camp. Even my avid reader hardly cracked open a book in her bedtime routine.

But I don't think all was lost. 

My kids learned how to make adorable poodle skirts and vests in the camp craft room. They played CSI in the math and science center. They learned to identify trees and learned about light pollution from my awesome co-leaders. And my daughter's task of "paint something?" She painted her own hiking stick (and I think herself in the process).

And with forecasted temperatures in the 90s, we nixed the idea of a weekend hike.

So if "planned" learning didn't go as planned, that is OK. There is always another time.


Week 4 Summer Learning Challenge ideas and activities:

Summer Learning Challenge for Incoming Sixth Grader: 

  1. Keep taking care of your garden! It is supposed to be very hot this week; what extra steps do we need to do? Figure out what vegetables are done growing; harvest them, and plant new ones that do well in the summer.
  2. Write about what makes America great for the kids' writing competition for Kids' World Travel Guide.
  3. Volunteer at Vacation Bible School.
  4. Sew something. 
  5. Build something with your brother.
  6. If it's not too hot, go for a weekend hike with mom. (Let's see if how close we can get to 100 miles on our Bicentennial Hiking Challenge this week!)

Summer Learning Challenge for Incoming Third Grader:

  1. Keep taking care of your garden! It is supposed to be very hot this week; what extra steps do we need to do? Figure out what vegetables are done growing; harvest them, and plant new ones that do well in the summer.
  2. Cook dinner one night.
  3. Enjoy Vacation Bible School.
  4. Shoot off a balloon rocket.
  5. Get on ABCya and play some math games.
  6. If it's not too hot, go for a weekend hike with mom. (Let's see if how close we can get to 100 miles on our Bicentennial Hiking Challenge this week!)

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