We were in need of routine and structure. That was obvious.

The Hubby started work. We needed a distraction to not miss him like crazy.

I decided it was time for “Summer School” to begin!

We’re not diving into our 2012-2013 curriculum completely yet, but taking more of a child-led approach for the month of July to get back into the swing of learning!

Here are some of the things we’re doing…

*Making lists!

The boys each have a little Avengers notebook. In the notebook, they keep a list of things they would like to learn, read about, draw, make, or do. Every day we try to cross a few things off each list!

Reading about and drawing different animals show up on the list a lot 🙂 {I ended up drawing the boa constrictor and Big J added the details!}

*Fun workbooks!

Little J has a few fun workbooks that focus on numbers, letters, colors, and letter sounds. I found a workbook for Big J that involves drawing and creative writing. We have lots have activity books around the house with word finds and other age-appropriate activities, so we’re pulling them out!

*Educational games!

Math Bingo! Rush Hour Jr.! Alphabet Bingo! Bananagrams! There are so many games to choose from that also help sharpen their little minds! We’re making time to actually play them this month! That is one of my goals in general as well, not just this month!


We especially love What’s in the Bible? DVDs for entertainment AND Bible education! I honestly would enjoy watching them even if the kids weren’t around. And with heat indexes over 100 for days and days, we need a few great videos here and there to keep us sane while we stay cool inside! We also watch documentaries on Netflix and lots of Wild Kratts!

And last, but not least…actually, my favorite of all…

*The Olympics!

There is really nothing quite like the Olympic Games, right?! I’ve always loved them, maybe even obsessed over them a bit. Now, I’m even more excited to share the wonder of these games with the kiddos! And Big J is already almost excited as The Hubby and I!

We’ve been counting down the days until Opening Ceremonies, watching Olympic trials on TV, and I’ve been preparing for four weeks of Olympic-themed lessons thanks to this…

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett has the BEST way to make the Olympics into an awesome learning experience!

First of all, you’ll want to get the Olympics 2012 study! Starting July 16th {two weeks before the London games begin}, you can work through lower or upper level activities to learn about the history of the Olympics, the sports included, the countries competing, and more! Spelling, history. science, math – these studies have everything! During the Olympics, the lessons will also include medal counts and more!

To add to the fun, Unit Studies has a FREE Olympic lapbook download! AND you can join a Facebook co-op of other homeschool families doing the same unit study during the Olympics to share ideas! You can join the group now, but the co-op part won’t start until July 30th {weeks 3 & 4 of the study}!

I’ve never worked through a unit study before, but Unit Studies has made me a big fan with this Olympics 2012 study! I love the cross-curricular learning and cannot wait to get started July 16th!

Want to work through the Olympics 2012 study along with us?!

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