We’re going to try this for the first time — having the kids stay at home, occupying them with a mix of educational and fun activities. Fun activities will include going to the pool, going to the sprinkler park, playing outside, hitting the museums in DC, and going to the library (all of which are free). Niki’s also considering taking them to the movies and a massive trampoline park. There’s a great obstacle course set up around pirate ships at the National Harbor, too.

Then there’s the educational piece. We came up with a list of educational activities for each kid to complete every week. They include an assortment of Bible reading and journaling, journaling on topics, creative writing, reading 10-15 books, completing reading worksheets or book reports on the books, working through test prep books, practicing piano, drilling math flashcards (addition, subtraction, or multiplication), learning states, capitals, and state abbreviations, cursive writing, math worksheets, write a fiction book, draw a map, research and write a report on historical figure, create a poster about a historical figure, and draw a self-portrait.

Here’s an example of a weekly breakdown:

Read Mark 1-2
Journal on Mark 1-2
Journal on Hope and Dreams for Third Grade
Read book #1
Writing Worksheet/Book Report on book #1
Fun book pages (at least 10)
Practice Piano 15 minutes
Practice Piano 15 minutes
Practice Piano 15 minutes
Multiplication Flashcards (memorize 10 of them)
States/Capitals Worksheet
3 Cursive Handwriting Sheets
     Read Book #2
     Spanish Flashcards

My goal is that at the end of this summer, the kids have a head start on understanding the material and concepts of the next grade. I want them to stay academically disciplined while also learning new things, practicing sports, and resting.

We’ll see how it goes!