Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Fun Ideas and the After School Linky Party - Week 40

Summer learning ideas from the After School Linky Party

Summer's here, but the learning doesn't stop. This is the perfect time of year to have some fun with your learning. Try something new, get cooking, or make a fun craft. And, whatever you decide, make sure to spend some quality time with your kids.

The After School Linky Party has you covered. I've pulled some fun ideas from last week's linky and you'll definitely find some good ideas this week. Scroll down to the bottom for all the great ideas!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bird Watching Journal


Whether you've started your own Family Bird Watching Club or you just enjoy observing your feathered friends while they flit around your yard, you'll want a way to record the birds you see. You can record your frequent visitors and make note of those times when you see a bird you don't normally see. Or you can take it along on a trip and record the birds you find that are different than the ones you normally see at home. There are so many ways to use a Bird Watching Journal.

You can certainly use a plain notebook for your Bird Watching Journal. But, wouldn't it be fun to have a fun, pretty, and personalized Bird Watching Journal? Of course it would! Let's get started.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Fun Ideas and the After School Linky Party - Week 39


Even if your kids are out of school for the summer, you can find plenty of fun ideas on the After School Linky Party. You can find learning ideas and plenty of "just for fun ideas."

I've rounded up five fun ideas from last week's linky party for you. Take note of some of these ideas when you're planning for summer fun!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Family Bird Watching Club


Does your family have any shared interest or hobbies? Do you all love to watch and play baseball? Or maybe hiking is your thing? Or do you spend the winter skiing and snowboarding? Whatever it is, a shared hobby is a great way to spend quality time together.

If you don't already have a shared interest, have you thought about trying something new together? It doesn't have to be complicated and it doesn't have to be expensive. I've got a crazy idea for you. Start a Family Bird Watching Club.

I know what you're thinking. "Isn't that something only old people do?"

Hear me out. Why is bird watching a good idea? It's simple. You may already have all the supplies you need. You can do it all over the world all year round. It gets the family outside enjoying nature. You can plan fun trips around this hobby. Anyone at any age can do it. Plus... birds are just plain fun.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Stop Summer Slide with Fun Reading Challenges


My number one tool for combating summer slide is reading. We usually enroll every year in our library's summer reading program. It's a great place to start. And honestly, if this is the only thing you're doing to beat summer slide, then you're in great shape.

Reading every day is so important. Your kids will keep their reading level steady - and they may even improve! They'll learn some new facts and increase their vocabulary. And best of all, they'll have fun.

I've rounded up some fun reading challenges for kids. I know you'll find some ideas that work for your family.

Monday, June 6, 2016

A Week of After School Activities Plus the After School Linky Party - Week 38


It's After School Linky Party time! Are your kids out of school yet? We've got 3 more days left so I'm busy saving lots of ideas for things to do. Luckily, last week's linky didn't disappoint. I've rounded up five fun ideas for your school-aged kids.

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