Homemade Summer School Week 3-5: We Are The World

So last week, was week three…however since we had VBS, and everyone started getting sick the last half of the week, we didn’t do much. But that’s ok because it is summer, and summer is supposed to be relaxed and fun. So things change.

With VBS adding extra hours of my day where I wouldn’t be home to do other stuff, we took it easy on the school stuff. Additionally, everyone in the house (except me) was sick. So we did a lot of reading, and book reports. We also got Kelan his first library card! (And found that my info was in the system still, along with a $12 fee. Sigh.)

After reading the first Captain Underpants book (& seeing the movie with Auntie and Uncle–big success!) he has been on a kick to find the next book. So to the library we went. He was absolutely thrilled, and we had a great time picking out books for him to read. (Yes, they had the second C.U. book–yay!) He’s at that point that he reads pretty well (especially for a 4-year-old) but gets very easily intimidated by big words he’s unfamiliar with. So we split the reading.

I found a great form for him to use that has space for drawing, and then lines for writing below–it was part of a HUGE free download of story elements found at TeachersPayTeachers.com. We work on him drawing either his favorite scene, or a picture that he wants to copy from the book and then writing a sentence below it (by himself) about the book. He has done really well, and really likes to do it. You can find the link here. I have found it to be a great way to get him used to the idea of a book report. He loves them.

Last week (week 4), we started focusing on learning about the United States of America, presidents, states, etc. because it coincided with July 4th. Yes, I did that purposely. There are great freebies online like this map and questions activity, and a color map of the USA. Target (my SIL and hubs work there) also has really great flash cards and workbooks, which Auntie and Uncle bought for him. So we talked about the Presidents, states and flags. Couple this with a July 4th family bbq, pool swimming and fireworks, and BANG. God Bless America.

Moving on, I decided to stick with the country theme so we moved from the USA to Egypt to Italy, to France and then Mexico. I had no particular reason for those specific ones except that they’re easily identifiable, more mainstream, have food attached (for cooking stuff with the little) and some are tied to Bible stories. The country unit is decidedly low-key, with a lot of easy worksheets, coloring pages and cut/paste or other crafts. Love those. And honestly, he enjoys them as much as the projects. Kids love to color, and mine loves crafts. To make it easier,  I will post ideas, pictures and links by country.

In addition, we also spent time cooking together meals that were good with the countries that we talked about. We made lasagne, korean beef tacos, and barbacoa beef tacos as well as ate bread and cheese for lunch. You could just as easy plan fun dinners at your favorite restaurants as well.


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USA


Purchased at Target

Egypt

Found at https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/ancient-egypt-map/

Found at https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/color-world-egypt/

Find this color your own headdress at First Palatte website: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Wearables/pharaohheaddress/pharaohheaddress.html

Found a great way to tie in Bible stories as well!

We found a way to write our name in hieroglyphics and put that in our journals. Used this chart: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71565081563768705/

France

French boy craft found here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/france/mfrench.htm

French boy craft found here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/france/mfrench.htm

French boy craft found here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/france/mfrench.htm

We also painted our own paintings, in honor of the renowned French art 😉

Mexico

Mini sombreros: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71565081563423827/

 

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One Response to Homemade Summer School Week 3-5: We Are The World

  1. Debi Chance says:

    This is such an amazing and fun thing to do with Kelan! I know he has totally enjoyed all of his “summer school”!!!

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