Saturday, April 11, 2009

lessons learned from school breaks

So we had a good time over spring break. It was just what we needed to get ready for the end of the school year. But we were only back 7 days before we had Easter break, well grades/parent-teacher conferences and Good Friday. This break was too much. We were all bored and got on each other nerves. So I have been planning summer the last few days. My kids LOVE school. So we will do some sort of summer school. I have come up with 10 themes that will each take one week from the summer. I am getting many great ideas and lesson plans off the Internet and then when I have enough for each theme I will plan out each day of the week. I am so excited. There is so many great sites for teachers out there! It will be interesting to have a 5 and 7 year old who are at very different levels but I think it will be really good for them and me. They want to be busy all the time and if I have not planned anything I don't do anything. So I hope to have the whole summer planned and organized by the beginning of June. Plus there are a few things to buy and if I had waited to the last minute I would never have found some things, like maps and a globe and sending in for the kids caterpillar/butterflies.

So here are the units I am planning right now. As I find new sites I may adjust this some.
insects, Oregon, USA, world geography, planets/stars, weather, oceans, earthquakes/volcanoes, rain forests (possibly just forests or trees), deserts/polar regions

I am WAY excited for summer now. I have a lot of work ahead of me the next few weeks/months but am really enjoying the process. And Alicia has been excited as she has seen and read some of the things I am finding.

I know some of my faithful readers are teachers so if you have any great ideas please add them. I am still looking for more stuff on each theme at this point, especially deserts and polar regions. O, and how to incorporate the Bible into each theme. Some will be easy, like God made insects and which day were they created or how He can control weather, etc but some will be harder. So I would love help there as well.


The Theisen Twosome said...

What a great idea. I am sure I have some activities for all those themes. If there is something you might want let me know. I have worksheets and maybe a few books.

Alyssa and Ron said...

You go girl! If you can so this you could home school. ;)

There is so much on line. Its fun and I spent and still spend hours on here while homeschooling. I just may be hooking up with you and your 2 for the summer. ;)

momaof4 said...

What fun! Great idea. I know mine go insane no INSANE!!! when there is no school.

Might have to do some of those too!! Though doing a 4 year old to a 8 1/2 year old...hmmm.


Lisa said...

What a great idea. Keep us up updated. My kids get bored and start in on each other so I've started planning as well...