Friday, July 30, 2010

Keeping Kids Engaged-Kids Project

I like keeping my kid's engaged in learning during the summer months. I think it is easy to take a "vacation" while on vacation. I also think that there are some things that take little or no preparation that we can do. Here are some ideas to help you along the way. . .

ON THE GO IDEAS. . .

Grocery Shopping Ideas
While you are shopping in the grocery store, play the alphabet game. Start with the letter "a" and have your kids find something that begins with "a", like apple. Then move onto the next letter until you have the entire alphabet.

Make money story problems as you shop. I have 5.00, how many .99 cans of green beans can I buy?

Car games

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I don't know if your kids are like mine, but they love doing "school" stuff outside of school. Probably because I've been doing it all their life. I copied several fun sheets for them and clipped them to a clipboard. I keep it in the car and they can work on it if we are on the road for awhile. I also make sure the worksheets are age appropriate.

I found this website where I can print math sheets for my 5 th grader. It also has some great online interactive games.

I know, not all kids may find this fun, but you know your kids and what will work.

OTHER CAR GAMES. . .

Play the rhyming game. You say a word and the next person has to say a word that rhymes. When you can't think of any more, have the next person start with a word. Can you make a nonsense word?

Build a story. One person starts a story, then the next person adds on and so on.

Play games with the license plates. You can do the alphabet and look for license plates with each letter of the alphabet. You could also look for different states.


JOURNAL WRITING. . .

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Going on some trips this summer? Why not turn it into a journal writing experience? You can take a couple colored pieces of paper and staple it with 5 computer pieces of paper and make an easy book. Let your children share their stories with each other.

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Take a notebook and turn it into a fun journal for your child. They can write about what fun things they have done during the summer.

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GOT A SUMMER READING PROGRAM?

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I just made a copy of a hundred chart. Each time Mia reads a book, she puts a sticker on the chart. Each time she reads 10 books she gets a prize. When she gets 100 books, I told her I would buy her a giant candy bar, but you could make it whatever you want. Maybe it's a slurpee or a prize at the dollar store.

Also, take in consideration what reading level your child is on. Mia is a beginner reader and so her books are very short. The goal of reading 100 is obtainable. But, what if your child reads chapter books? You can give points to each book. Say it is a 100 page book, you can say it is worth 5 stickers or if they are a slower reader maybe it is worth 10 stickers. Just remember to make the goal obtainable and not too hard yet challenging.

CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Many libraries have summer reading incentive programs. Check it out and get your kid's excited about reading!

GO ONLINE. . .

There are so many resources online to fun interactive learning games. Here are a few of my favorites:

http://funschool.kaboose.com/

http://pbskids.org/

http://primarygames.com/

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/month2month.htm

BUILD ACTIVITIES AROUND AN AREA OF INTEREST
Say your child is interested in animals.
Reading
Go to the library, and get books about the animals they are interested in.
Art/Writing
Make an animal book. Draw a picture of your favorite animal and write one fact about each one.
Music
Learn songs about your favorite animal.
Field Trip
Visit your local zoo as a culminating event.


Most of all, just have fun with your kids!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mom and Dad and Family

These big kids were just as tough as the little ones. Actually, Mom was just perfect, it was her spouse that was making faces and strange poses.

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Here's a picture with Caleb before he took off running!
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Here are the family ones. . .

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Friday, July 23, 2010

More Abby and Kameron

Haven't seen enough of Abby and Kameron? I've got more for you! I think that Abby and Kameron should wallpaper their apartment with all the pictures of themselves. Get their mod podge on and go to town!


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This couple couldn't be any cuter.

I'm getting really close to finishing the Porter Family photos. I just have Mom and Dad and some candids. Yay!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Caleb

When asked to get pictures with his parents, this big kid wasn't happy about it. He even eventually ran away from us! But little did he know how very sneaky I can be. So sneaky, in fact, I was able to capture these.

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He was goofing around with his siblings and it was perfect, because I caught him off guard and captured Caleb just being himself.

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Caleb, you're one handsome young man! Don't break too many hearts when you turn 16!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hannah and Kendall

A couple weeks ago at church, I sat behind a family who had all boys. I loved how the boys, now grown, sat by their mother with their arms around her like she was the most precious person in the world. I have to admit, I was a little jealous. My girls just don't do that with me. They are, most definitely, Daddy's girls. Luckily, I have "X". But just imagine having four X's who adore you!

That's Hannah! She is pregnant with her fourth boy! I just want to eat those little boys up, especially, Brigg. Ahhhh! Just thinking about him makes me want to drive 12 hours and kidnap him!

Thanks Hannah and Kendall for letting me take pictures of you!

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Check out this cute tummy!
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Abby and Kameron's Book

I made Abby and Kameron a coffee table wedding book. It was so much fun to make. I scanned my reception dress for the cover and used the broach on her bouquet. I felt very clever!

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I LOVE IT!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sarah and Scott

Sarah and Scott have little blonde beauties. Back in the day, I remember wanting to die my hair blonde because I just thought blonde hair was most beautiful above all. Thank goodness, I kept my hair black. I would have looked like a confused little Asian girl.

Now. . . I just admire those with beautiful blonde hair, like these little ones. All the kids were great sports and had lots of smiles for me!

Kaitlyn changed into her beautiful white skirt and I have to say, it was perfect!

Thanks for letting me take pictures of you!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Betsy and Russ

Some people like having all of their kids looking at the camera with a perfect smile. I like those too, but what I like even more is when I can capture personalities. Betsy and Russ' kids were perfect for me to practice on. I love how you can tell from the picture each of their personalities and maybe even imagine what they were thinking.

I think those pictures are the ones I want most.

I love Afton's face all crinkled when she is crying and the one where she is sucking her thumb!

Reid's face where he looks so mean just cracks me up and where he is pinching his cheeks just makes me wonder what is he thinking?

And Porter the big brother trying to be the good example.

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Thanks Betsy and Russ for letting me take some pictures of your family. They are adorable!