Thursday, May 26, 2016

Geography Fortune-Tellers

My girls are obsessed with fortune-tellers. Just obsessed. And, who can blame them? I was a bit obsessed myself when I was a child. When I was a child, they were often designed to actually tell a fortune. Will you live in a mansion, travel to Paris, or have 10 children? We came up with some of the most outrageous fortunes!

But, nowadays, I often see fortune tellers used as a learning game. I just love this re-invention of an old toy. We decided to use them for some geography practice and my girls just loved this process. They've been playing with their Geography Fortune-Tellers again and again and again.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stop Summer Slide While Learning in the Garden

Are your kids out of school yet for the summer? We've still got a couple of weeks to go, but I'm already getting ideas for summer learning. We like to keep the learning going all summer long in order to stop summer slide in its tracks. And, what better way to learn than to take advantage of all that summer has to offer. 

If you've ever grown a garden in the summer, you've seen what a great learning experience it can be. Simply planting a seed and watching it grow can teach a child so much. Have you ever thought about extending that learning? 

Get out in the garden this summer. Look for bugs, observe some worms, explore the plants from bottom to top. Keep learning this summer while doing some science in the garden with one of these activities.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Week of After School Activities Plus the After School Linky Party - Week 36

It's After School Linky Party time! I found a lot of fun math ideas last week. There were printable games, math art, and real life applications. I've gathered up my favorites from last week and put them in this simple after school activities planner for you. You'll definitely find something fun to do with your kids this week.

For even more ideas, keep reading to the bottom to find this week's link-up.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 Reasons to Visit a State Park This Weekend (Or Any Weekend)

Visit a state park this weekend. It's a great place for a family adventure, staycation, or weekend trip.

When we plan vacations, we often like to tie them around a national park. Just last summer, our main destination was Great Smokey Mountains National Park. There are so many amazing and beautiful things to see.

National parks are often a big trip. What if you're looking for a weekend away or just a day trip? That's when it's time to check out a state park. With over 6600 state parks located all over the United States, you're sure to find something within a quick driving distance from your home.

In case you need some convincing as to why you should visit a state park this weekend, I've got 10 reasons for you. Check them out below.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Stop Summer Slide with Outdoor Math Games

It's official. Summer break is coming soon and my girls' school has started sending home info sheets about summer slide. What is it? I'm not going to get into stats for you, I'll leave those to the educational sites. But basically, it's the tendency for kids to lose some of the things they learned over break. As a result, teachers have to spend time time at the beginning of the school year reviewing the year before instead of moving on to new things.

Luckily, it's not that hard (or painful) to prevent summer slide and give your kids a head start on the next year. You don't need workbooks (although they're certainly available if that's what you prefer) and you don't need to sit and do "schoool" over the summer. I want summer learning to be fun and I want it to be different from what my kids typically experience in school. It can be more hands-on and individualized. It doesn't need to be a chore.

It can also take place outside, like these outdoor math games. Try one of these ideas to keep your kids' math skills fresh. They can move and learn or even explore nature while practicing math.

Monday, May 9, 2016

After School Linky Party - Week 35

Wow, you guys, May is so busy. I've barely had time to breathe this month and unfortunately didn't have to time create an after school planner for you this week.

I didn't want to leave you completely empty-handed, so I've popped in with this week's linky party. You'll find so many great ideas linked up! Scroll down and check them out.