Summer has started around here, which means that I am not doing a super great job of keeping up. Usually I have Little Guy and another small child. During the summer I have Little Guy, Hadlee, our three foster daughters and usually another small child.
This summer we bought full curriculums for the four girls. A couple of the girls are not quite where they should be academically, and the others may as well get ahead. The problem with this is that it takes a lot of my day to teach the little girls and correct/assist the older girls. Add in Dollar Movies, Day Camp, Lunch at the Park, and Water Parks, and poor Little Guy isn't getting as much school time as usual. He does ask for "My Mother Goose Time" sometimes, and I feel pretty bad when I tell him "Later" and a few days goes by.
We have managed to do some really fun activities, including some math, art, and dramatic play.
This was a math game where we "fed the birds". I got out some rice, and we counted the grains out to feed the birds. He did really well on a couple of them, but needed a lot of help with the higher numbers. Plus, he has some pretty sweaty hands, so the rice was hard for him to pick up one tiny piece at a time.
On Gorilla Day he painted a gorilla mask with a comb. He had a lot of fun, but didn't quite understand how the comb was supposed to work.
The Storytelling Set this month was great! The storybook was a non-fiction book, so there wasn't a lot of story to remember/retell. To make up for that they included Story Starters, and animal cubes to roll. We picked a story starter (example: One animal was hungry. What do they do?) and rolled the cubes, then we told the story. He isn't crazy creative yet, but he liked to retell the stories I told.
One of Little Guy's favorite activities we have done was playing with his Safari Counters in the "sand" (cornmeal). He has asked a couple of times if he could do it again, so I knew he would be pretty excited when it came up on Camel Day.
Lots of fun activities we have been squeezing in between all the craziness!
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