This week continues Mission: Keep Our Brains Fresh
Week #2- Science
As previously explained in Mindset Mondays I am on a mission to keep my kiddos brains fresh this summer break from school. Every year I try to focus on hiding some learning opportunities into our summer fun and this year my oldest daughter and I have put together this weekly plan of attack.
Our Plan As Follows
Every week of summer we will have a new weekly theme and we started these themes on Memorial Day (Monday) as this was the first official full week of summer break for us. Read about our first weeks K.O.B.F. plan K.O.B.F Week #1 Outer Space. We should have started week two last Monday, however life happens and I am no stranger to that fact, so sometimes plans change. This past Sunday in my prep for the week I was putting in my organization hours for the new week ahead and I found myself suffering from headaches and dizzy spells whenever I sat down at the computer, so I was only able to get so far with the technological preparations. Monday my headaches continued and then Tuesday upon finally having relief from the headache, I discovered I had somehow been locked out of my laptop. This meant that finding the necessary printables and science experiment specifics on my computer was not possible until the end of the week when I had finally resolved the problem. After fighting a bit with my technology again I was finally able to put some occasional time on the computer allowing me to begin the catch up project on my work Friday.
My kids enjoyed a traditional lazy week of summer playing outside once they completed their daily chore’s and Summer Devotion Time BUT they expressed many times during the week the fact that they missed having the work and my 2nd daughter brought it up at least twice a day. I felt super bad but alas plans don’t always pan out as we’d like.
The weekly themes my oldest daughter (she is helping me run & organize it this summer, just call her my “PA” personal assistant!) and I have decided to focus on are as follows:
- Outer Space
- Science– This weeks learning theme!
- Bugs & Butterflies
- American History
- Colors & Shapes
- Super Spy School
- Water Fun
The idea we have regarding the weekly learning theme’s is to focus on a different theme each week that gives us a commonality to incorporate multiple different subjects under the same topic, much like daycare’s and preschools do. Each Monday I will be posting a new blog with our weekly theme and some of the lesson ideas and tools we will be using that week. I plan to focus about an hour an afternoon on a different subject each day but which days I execute which “assignments” will depend on the flow of each week . We will only be taking an hour out for assignments on typical school days, Mon. – Fri. As I mentioned before, I don’t want their summer learning to ever feel like they are attending summer school for 3 months straight.
Each week I hope to cover these subject areas in our daily
Mission: KOBF hour are…
…Arts & Crafts, Vocabulary, Reading, Math, a Physical Activity or Outing, and also a few Fun Food Ideas!
~This week I am taking a slightly different approach than most weeks, as we are focusing on a different area of science to study each day. The 5 areas of study we will be focusing on this week are:
Monday- Human Body
Tuesday- Five Senses
Wednesday- Chemical Reaction Day
Friday- The Sun
The week will be front loaded with a few more of the hands on activities because Wednesday evening my husband and I will be leaving to go out-of-town and my oldest will be in charge of the lessons each day with the supervision of my mother. However I am still going to be sure to find many printables because at the end of every day during Space week my middle girls were looking for more worksheets!
This weeks Ideas:
– Art project or craft, I don’t plan for this to be a big production every week. Most weeks will likely be coloring, painting or drawing, but again, depending on the theme for the week, I may change-up the difficulty level & intensity of the arts & crafts sometimes.
This week our arts & crafts will be very largely based on Wednesday our Chemical Reaction Day. I have a few science experiments planned for that day so my husband & I can spend a little quality time with our girls right before we head out on our anniversary trip. I plan to use this afternoon to do a few fun experiments like the Elmer’s Glue Slime, Homemade Bouncey Balls, and last will be a Filter Paper experiment with markers and water (these will be reused in a few weeks when we do bugs & butterflies too!) I do also have a few ideas that seem simple enough to be executed by my oldest daughter with my moms supervision providing it works into their plans on Thursday & Friday for our weather & sun units. The first is Shaving Cream Rain Clouds as demonstrated beautifully through that link provided for this activity. Another fun activity may be to use new watercolor paint they received from their grandma at the end of the school year to paint some weather related images to cut out and create Weather Mobile’s like this great example! Also for Sun they will paint paper plates to use when they create their Sundials as explained further in Math.
****Here are a few other ideas I don’t think we will have time for but may be fun for you and your kiddos! Like Making plastic with milk! Also this super fun idea to do an Oil & Water Experiment would definitely be one if we weren’t traveling that I wanted to do! One last activity we may still try later in the summer but would be fun for Friday when we cover the Sun is this cool idea for Solar Oven Smore’s!!!
– Vocabulary Lesson, this may be as simple as providing a list of words to have my 7-year-old copy for practice neatly writing into a short sentence each and also for my older daughters to include in a creative writing assignment.
This week our vocabulary lessons will come largely on Monday & Tuesday through the Human body & 5 Senses printables that I found Here at Crayola’s website & also Here at Kids-Pages.com. (These are resources I strongly advise you refer back to as they have a wide variety of coloring pages & worksheets on many topics) Here is another great “Guts” Printable and this great Body Systems Booklet that my girls enjoyed today as part of our Human Body Day! For our weather day I plan to leave some of these worksheets for my girls to have extra entertainment while I am gone and so I found these cute vocabulary & word tracing weather coloring worksheets.
– Reading, story time style taking turns from one week to the next depending on the difficulty of the book chosen each week. Some weeks my 7-year-old will read it out loud other weeks it may be one of my older two and on some occasions it will still be me (we have quite the expanse of books in our home so most of the books will likely come from our existing collection but I will share those titles when available in advance).
This is an area where we can accommodate a pretty wide variety of reading selections based on the weather and the sun from our personal book collection and since those are the topics they will focus on Thursday & Friday I will encourage my girls to find selections they will enjoy to read to each other while we are out-of-town. I don’t have any specific book titles to offer but I always encourage a trip to your local public library to let your kids explore the many titles and find books within each topic that interest them specifically. This helps them get excited about books even more when you let them have an opinion on what they read!
– Math, this will be a practice session with themed math worksheets whenever I am able to find or create them within our theme. On some occasions though they may be hands on activities, like baking or cooking, or measuring to create (i.e. helping to prepare a dish for a camping trip or family cookout=measuring lesson)
This week our math lesson will be incorporated in our science experiments because we will be measuring ingredients on Wednesday. I do also have plans for them to assemble Sundials with paper plates and paint brushes on Friday as part of their Sun lessons. The plan is based on this idea from Kids Play Box and it involves tracking the shadow hourly also incorporating time tracking into our math lessons. Our last Math lesson for the week comes by way of These Rainy Day Clip Cards created by this talented momma that I printed to use for Thursday’s weather day. I plan to cut them and laminate them so they can be used over and over for more numbers practice in the future!
– Physical outing or activity, it may be as simple as a dance session to some kind of music that fits the theme or it may be a game or sport altered to fit the theme but whatever it is it will get our hearts pumping! ( because our family has a wide age range we may personally incorporate multiple variations of play to whatever activity we do. Take the liberty of personalizing our recommendations to fit your families dynamic & age span).
I plan to do some driveway chalking with my kiddo’s in the driveway, and trace their outlines encouraging they draw & label their bodies. This time outdoors will naturally include some running, skipping & casual playtime. Also I think Human Body Day creates a natural opening to teach my 2 yr. old The Hokey Pokey with help from my older girls! Another great idea for a Field Trip that may work into your schedule better than my own would be to visit your local Science Museum as a family on Saturday!
– Snacks, I have always been a food lover and as a creative person I find it fun to “play with food” in my family fun theme’s, learning experiences and celebrations. I’m a super cheesy person and love a good theme! I will use our weekly themes as an opportunity to look at our meals, snacks and treats through a different lens through the summer so look out for some fun snack/treat ideas inspired by our theme selections!
Now this is the one area I may let you down a little this week, I have not spent any time looking for cute food or snack ideas related to science this week since I will be packing, & prepping to be out-of-town but I do challenge you to come up with some cute ideas and share them in the comments or via my Dazzling Domestic Dreamer’s Facebook Page! I would love to see what you come up with!
We’d Love You To Join Along!
As I can fit them into our theme I will be looking for “field trip” opportunities and we always welcome friends along for those fun outing so watch out for those in our weekly plans if you are local to us! Also we welcome play dates in the summer schedule too. If you can’t join us in person we would still love to hear about your fun summer themes if you decide to put this plan in place to fit your kids and your family! Share pictures and stories in the comments!
Whether you plan to execute this identical to my plan and future blogs on the topic (feel free to use this PDF Document I compiled a few of the 5 Senses & the Sun printables I plan to use this week here, KOBF wk #2 Science) or whether you use is as a guide, or even not at all doesn’t really matter to me. What matters to me is that you are proactive about allowing your kids brains to properly be stimulated WITHOUT electronics and that you make it fun for your kids specifically. Remember, while you are doing this you aren’t just keeping their brains fresh, you are creating memories! So go make memories this summer, but don’t forget to check back for more ideas on our themes and other summer fun memory making ideas! Now Dazzle your way to a Science filled week of Learning & Intentional, Productive fun!
As always, thanks for reading!