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School’s Out for Summer… Or Is it?

I used Grammarly ( to grammar check this post, because I am not a grammar ninja.

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I don’t know about you, but my kids just don’t seem to know how to function without some kind of structure in their day. We finished school for the year about three weeks ago. The kids seemed a little lost. They just didn’t seem to know what to do without it! I find Big Sis reading to Little Sis. I find Little Sis doing her busy bags. Big Brother quizzes me on math facts. If I don’t organize school, they will!

They’ve had a three week break. We did VBS last week at our church in Atlanta. We will have our church’s first VBS ever at the end of July. Between now and then, I am going to have a loose school schedule. Of course, trips to the lake and pool trump school during the summer.

Here’s a sampling of the things we will do for school during the summer:

1. Read Swiss Family Robinson

2. Big Brother made a goal of reading 100 books this summer. He is using THIS BOOK LOG to record the books.

3. I grabbed THIS WORKBOOK from Sam’s for Big Brother. He will use it for reading comprehension and math review

4. Read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe… and possibly do a lapbook

5. Theater Workshop (taught by super dad… his idea) to learn how to write, direct, rehearse, and star in a play

6. Classes at our local children’s museum

7. Worksheets like THIS and THIS for Big Sis to review her math

8. Big Sis will complete her Bible notebook from My Father’s World First Grade (the only thing we didn’t finish during the year)

9. Make a list of things to learn about from “How it’s Made” while we still have a free trial to Netflix

10. Hands on review games like THIS and THIS and THIS to make learning fun and functional

What are you doing to keep learning happening this summer?

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Freebie Friday- Kids Bowl Free

Have you heard about this great program?


You just have to sign up and your children can bowl free all summer? Not all bowling alleys participate… so be sure to check the list for an alley near you.

My kids LOVED this when we did it a couple of years ago. I’m really excited because the bowling alley in town in participating this year! Just click on the picture above to get started!

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Summer Reading Incentive Programs


My kids love to read and, like their mom and dad, love FREE stuff! Every summer, we try to participate in a few programs to earn rewards, like free books.

Here are a few programs to consider:

Barnes and Noble– Read 8 Books, log them in your journal, and receive a free book

Half Price Books – Read 300 minutes in a month and receive a $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books.

Pizza Hut – Book It has a summer reading challenge, but it doesn’t look like they’ve released the details at this time.  Sign up for email updates here.

Chuck E Cheese – Read consecutively for two weeks and earn 10 free tokens.  (Download the Reading Rewards calendar.)

Pottery Barn Kids – Kids earn a free prize after reading all the books on a pre-selected reading list.

Be sure to check out your local library as well… they usually have programs through the children’s department!

Did I miss any? Comment below and I’ll add it to the list!

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Summer Fun for the Financially Challenged

With three little ones and a husband in seminary… in central Florida… where hot doesn’t even begin to describe the temperature… I am always on the lookout for free fun and entertainment. We are blessed to live near several free splash pads and fountains to play in a cool down. But on those days when mama just can’t handle the heat and wants to get out of the kitchen, these options are great (and they are not just limited to Florida)!

FREE Bowling all Summer

DISCOUNTED Kid’s Movies (these used to be free… but are now $1.00 admission… still a good deal)

FREE Summer Reading Program from Barnes and Noble

Also be sure to check:
– your local library for story times and reading programs
– your local craft stores (like Michaels) for craft days
– local attractions (like the zoo) for free resident days
Home Depot and Lowes offer free Saturday workshops for kids
– grocery stores, fire stations, veterinarian offices to see if they will let you do a behind the scenes tour (last year our play group did a fieldtrip to Publix… so fun!)

I’d love to hear back from you about your plans for summer fun on a budget!

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