Develop a Love for Writing



Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Twenty

Have you taken the time to share with your kids how creative free writing and journaling can be fun?  Often times this is an activity that is done in the classroom during the school year.  I can recall my kids having “open journaling time” at the start of each day during several years of their elementary school.

I thought the idea was great and gave children at different writing levels the opportunity to express themselves in their own way.  The writing wasn’t necessarily graded, but was just examined to make sure the child was doing the writing.  It was a great way to encourage more writing and gave children the space to explore with their writing. [Read more…]

All Fun and Games



Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Seventeen

Learning never ceases during the course of our lifetime – we are always obtaining new skills.  It can be difficult to find creative ways to keep your child learning during the summer.  A lot is written about that familiar “summer slide” that so many kids fall into if intentional steps are not taken.

During the summer break kids need to be motivated to learn as much as they can. This doesn’t call for drastic measures and having no fun – you can have summer fun and learning all at the same time! Here are some examples of how this can be achieved.


Word games, such as Scrabble, come in small sizes, like this travel portfolio {we’ve had this version for over 10 years!} which are suitable for beach and road trips. Kids love it! It stimulates their vocabulary and engages them in friendly competition. It also enhances their math skills, as they have to add the points every round. Boggle is another portable word game that kids love. They can manipulate the letters, make words, and add up points. This is a great game to take on a camping trip or to the beach.

There are board games that allow the kids to work on words and sentences. There are computer games, which involve critical thinking. Do you have other games on hand that help in these areas?  These games can be competitive, and reinforce group work, and cooperative learning, as well. Using these types of games keeps the stimulation of the kid’s minds at work. It’s critical to keep the thought process flowing, so they are prepared for the following school year.

Another board game, which involves critical thinking, is checkers. The entire family can challenge each other. This promotes social stimulation. Suduko is a game involving math and numbers. They have a kid’s version, which can be utilized on a rainy day or when there is some down time.  These are great quiet time activities for kids.

The advantage of utilizing and playing these games is learning, even though the kids do not realize it. In this way, while they are having fun over the summer, they are actually preparing for the fall term. Learning not only stimulates their minds, but also reinforces the skills they are taught throughout the school year. In addition, there are some great sites for computer savvy kids you might want to look at.

Here is a great list for FREE math activity game sites.

Summer fun and learning can co-exist by utilizing these games and word play. Without realizing it, your kids will be ready for the next phase in their school career, because time was taken to teach and have fun at the same time – they won’t even know they are learning!!

What do you do to stop the summer slide? 

Weekly Household Quick Tip


This week I am not focusing on a specific task listed in the Weekly Household Planner instead I am sharing a great tip I read over at Roo

Posting lunch and snack options

This seems especially critical now, in the midst of summer.  Are your kids asking you a bajillion questions each day, or is this something unique to my house? (Even more when you are a work at home mom!!)  Well, to avoid question after question try having a list located in your kitchen that has ideas for lunch and snacks for the day.  It will save your sanity -especially if you have older children who can fend for themselves. 

You can create a master list and post it, but you can also have a whiteboard (love this one I found on amazon!) located on your refrigerator and list the items specific to that day.  If you have left over grilled chicken that you know can be eaten, then you list ideas specific to that.  Or fresh watermelon that was cut the day before, add that to the list. [Read more…]