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15 Ways to Cure the Summer Blahs

15 fun activities to help your kids beat summer boredom

Want to know something that both frustrates me and amuses me mightily?  During the school year I have to wake my boysup at 7:30 to get chores done and breakfast eaten so we can be in class by 8.  And sometimes it’s HARD.

Sometimes it’s downright improbable.

They are teenagers now, after all, and their bodies are doing that weird teenager thing where they want to stay up all night and sleep F-O-R-E-V-E-R once they finally get to bed.

During the summer?  I can’t even get my first cup of coffee down without those boys rolling out of bed and bounding into the living room sometime between 6 & 7.

Talking.  Immediately. Incessantly.  Ever seen me before my 1st cup of coffee?  It’s not pretty.  And you really don’t want to talk to me at all.  Because chances are my response will be something along the lines of, “Please stop talking.  For like half an hour.”
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Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Story Time: Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving activities include history, language, science, crafts and more for the Dav Pilkey picture book

There are lots and lots of really great books about Thanksgiving out there, but one of my favorites is ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.

One of the reasons I love this book is because it’s based on the classic Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, and it has always been part of our Christmas tradition to read that poem on Christmas Eve.  Pilkey has given us a Thanksgiving tradition with this adorable story about a group of school kids who take the bus on a field trip to a turkey farm and end up saving the day and discombobulating Farmer Mack Nuggett in a big way.  It’s cutesy, yeah, but it’s also fun and if your household is vegetarian or vegan, a great way to celebrate that lifestyle while still being grateful for Thanksgiving.

There are so many activity options that can go with this book, but I’ll keep it to a few really good ones.
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Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

Free River Printables for homeschool and classroom in Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

When kids think of police officers, they often think of sirens, chases, and arrests.  It’s exciting stuff, but it’s not all the police do.

Lucky for us, we have James Burd Brewster and his Glad to Do It series to teach our kids about another side of police work–the real hero stuff.

Officer Jack Underwater introduces Officer Jack and his partner, Officer Kate, and follows them as they save a woman trapped in a car that is slowly sinking into the river.  The officers use brilliant team work to get the woman out of the car. Brewster uses sparse language to take the scary out of the story and build up the heroism in a non-frightening way.
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Animal Farm Activities for Learning (with printables)

Animal Farm Activities for Learning includes over 50 prompts and ideas for reading comprehension and story enjoyment

Getting your young readers hooked on a good story doesn’t have to be too difficult, but sometimes comprehending the story isn’t enough.  Sometimes comprehending the meaning behind the story requires us to think on a deeper level.  For me, those are the best kinds of books.

One of my favorites in that respect is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Basically a political treatise disguised as a children’s fable, Animal Farm has all the things.  And since it does, it might take a little work to get your readers thinking about it and understanding it the way they should.

Don’t worry.  I got you.  But first let’s talk about some of the key strategies for reading comprehension that you should implement no matter what you’re reading.

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