June 08, 2012

Mommy School in Action - part 1

As I mentioned before, I have been planning on doing "Mommy School" with my kids this summer.  Well, summer began on Tuesday for us and we've already had a lot of fun this week.  I thought Friday might be a good day to occasionally share some of the activities we've been working on.  Here are a few ideas from our week.


1)  Our library hosted a petting zoo one day, so we learned about animals.  I thought it would be fun to make an Animal Bingo card for my boys to cross off as we went along.  I decided to google it, thinking that someone has probably thought of that idea before and I found a printable for it HERE.  

Before we headed to the petting zoo we reviewed all the animals on the bingo card.  I had Baden name each animal on the card and Rex tell me what letter that animal starts with.  Then we reviewed all the animal sounds and headed to the petting zoo.


2) For alphabet and number day I adapted an idea from HERE.  I gathered a bunch of small random items and then wrote the name of each on a small piece of paper.  



I let Rex match the paper to the item.  He sounds out each word and then having only 12 items to choose from makes it a little easier for him to guess the word as well.


For Baden I pulled out some of the same objects and then laid out numbers 1-5.  I had him count the objects.... 



......and then slap the paper with the correct number on it.



3) We finally did the water marbles!  I cannot tell you what a hit this was.  First off, they are really inexpensive.  I ordered this 5-pack found HERE for less than $3 and I wasn't charged for shipping.  (Maybe because it's so small?)  They are tiny packages and they don't look like they would make much, but they totally do.
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We saved these for a night when my nephew was sleeping over.  We dumped all the tiny balls in a big bowl of water and in the morning they were bigger than marbles.  They were squishy and bouncy and possible the best $2 I ever spent.


We talked about absorption, sorted them by color, counted them, and just played with them.  They are seriously cool and my kids and nephew were astounded.  

The clear ones are the coolest because if you have them sitting in water you can't see them at all.  


Then you reach your hand into the water and realize there are a hundred of them hiding in the water.


4) Lastly, we printed off Delia's Summer Bingo Chart and filled it out.  It's going to be a fun summer.


(Sidenote: Let me know if you guys like these children's activity posts or if you'd prefer straight crafting.  I know I can't please everyone, but I just want to hear how you feel about them.  I know that not everyone who reads my blog has kids, but you probably all know kids who'd love to play and learn.  Let me know what you think.)

Thanks for reading.

77 comments:

~ko said...

Hello hello! Back from a long vacation with my dad and so excited to catch up on all your posts! What great summer activities :) Please keep them coming! I'm be ordering those water marbles ASAP! My boys would flip over them. Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

This really is SO great. I definitely appreciate this so much - I need the ideas!!! My daughter is five and a half and starting grade 1 in September, and I'd really like to keep her at least a little sharp over the summer. Sam is going to be 2 next week (eeep!) and he's starting to figure out things like colours, but I'd like to work with him on that more too. Thanks for the ideas!!!!!

cbelli said...

Love these! You have inspired me to have mommy school with my girl!

Jess Cox said...

I love these kinds of posts!

J.Ryan said...

Love the summer activities, and I just ordered some of the marbles, too. Thanks for the great idea! I am a preschool teacher/ mother/ crafter/ fundraiser/ and so much more. You are definitely making this girl happy with ALL your posts! Thanks again!!

Classy Clutter said...

LOVE the mommy school ideas Cheri! Keep 'em coming! I've gotta order those marbles thingys!

Mallory @ Classy Clutter

Liz said...

Keep posting these ideas! I've been reading for the craftiness, but all along I've loved the ideas for your little boys that you interjected! I have two boys as well, and I'm always looking for more fun ideas to do with them. I want to do a similar "Mom School" to keep my boys minds active during the summer, and I really appreciate getting some links to help me plan and execute :)

Thanks!!!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I love the recap..and the ideas!
We made 'all by myself tees' the other day - it was a sanity saver :)

Emily S. said...

Seriously love the posts for activities to do with kiddos! Mommies need lots of ideas!

Saunders Family said...

LOVE!

zena said...

I'm glad to see someone else does mommy school! I just ordered some of those marbles...GREAT idea!

Jen said...

OHHH I love this post ! Keep em comin - I need ideas! Gotta go - need to order those marbles and STAT!

Melissa said...

I really like these posts. I still have a preschooler, plus two school-age kids, so I have a big range of school review to cover for the summer. New ideas are welcome!

The Miller Five said...

LOVE the kids activities! They are my favorite. I have to order some of those marbles. My little guy will flip out!

Maureen said...

Cheri,

You write - I'll read.

Maureen

Nicole said...

I love these kinds of posts. I homeschool and I always need fun learning activities and ideas for my kiddo. I love the idea of matching the item with the name on the card. So simple, but I have never thought of something like that. Anything to make reading more fun.

Crafting Play said...

Thanks for the water marble recommendation!

Jenny said...

I love reading everything you write. I enjoy the Mommy School series and am hoping to get inspired to do that as well even though my kids are much younger. Thanks!!

Jenna said...

Love the ideas! Keep them coming. We are doing mommy school this summer too. Can't wait to order water marbles. (PS. We are still cranking out freezer paper shirts around here! The hubs and boys LOVE finding new designs!!)

Stephanie said...

LOVE the summer ideas!

mama walker said...

you are such an inspiration!! i love how you are such an intentioinal momma! keep rockin on with your super self!!

Rhiannon said...

Loving the kids ideas! Mine will break up in six weeks and will have lots of ideas to use!

Montgomery Family said...

I love the fun ideas with kids!! I plan to copy you! :) thanks for sharing!

LissaK said...

Love this post! These are some great ideas. I work outside the home and trying to do "summer school" with the kids in the evenings and weekends. Now I have some good ideas to share with them. And I am totally going to get those water marbles. Those look so cool.

Keely Henkel said...

love to see the kids stuff, thanks!

Courtney said...

I think it's great! We're doing some of the same type of activities this summer too! I decided to put our normal pre-school camp money towards some fun family activities and educational/fun toys. The internet has so many cool printables and ideas, but it is hard to filter. Nice to hear first hand what went over well, especially since my two boys are close in age to yours.

jBrink said...

I think these are great! Please keep them coming! :)

Felicia said...

This is great please continue sharing. I love how great your activities are, they don't take hours of prep time or cost to much money, and they include different age groups. I know my guys would love these ideas and I wouldn't have ever come up with them on my own. Thank you for caring and inspiring us to step up and take part in our kids education!

The Simmons Family said...

I love these posts!! Owen's therapist brought the water marbles this week and Owen loved them! I'm off to buy some now. I love the idea of sorting the colors. The bingo card is genius as well. Thanks!

Colville Clan said...

I lack creativity for these type of things so please keep them coming so I can copy for my boys!

Meg said...

I've never commented here before but I love all your stuff. I love the crafts and the ideas for the kids summer school. The water marbles look awesome. My four year old boy would love them.

Amy said...

What great ideas! I love these posts and plan on doing each and every one! My kids are close in age to yours so I don't even need to modify anything. Prefect!

Amy said...

What great ideas! I love these posts and plan on doing each and every one! My kids are close in age to yours so I don't even need to modify anything. Prefect!

Leslie said...

love the mommy school posts! keep em comming!

Katrina Garcia said...

i love ALL your posts! thanks for sharing!

Katherine said...

I like these posts. I always need fun things I could do with my niece and nephew.

Tennjenny said...

I really love the match game idea you used with Rex! When my oldest was just learning, I did something similar but not quite as fun. I put a row of stickers to one side and the name of the things represented to the other side and let him draw a line to match them up. He was learning his writing as well, so I did it all in fluorescent marker so he could trace too.

Sugar3 said...

I love your posts! I don't have kids, but I still love reading about your adventures with your two boys and I tuck away great little tid-bits to use sometime in the future when I have little ones too! Thanks so much for sharing you!

Heidi V said...

I totally absolutely LOVE this post! Thanks for the great ideas!!

Shelley D. Hartman said...

Keep them coming. I like hearing about the stuff that you are doing with your kiddos during the summer and "Mommy School".

Lettie B. said...

I like the kids stuff. I find I actually like reading about a more rounded version of a person than just one thing they do. :)
(Plus, I have kids too!)

Faith Peacock said...

I totally bought those cute things! My son is only 21 months but you get so many I can always save them. Plus, $3 is so worth it! Thanks. I love your blog all the time. No matter what you blog about. You're awesome.

Faith at http://thepeacockprojects.blogspot.com/

~Beth D. said...

Just ordered those water marbles. I wasn't charged shipping either. Very cool. Can't wait to get them in the mail! Not many left if people want to order!

BrendaLady said...

Honey, I have FIVE kids. I am scouring blogland DAILY for ideas like this!!! I love it.

Brianne said...

I would love for you to keep posting about your Mommy School. My kids are about the same ages as yours and I can use all the ideas I can get! Thank you!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love the activities you post, even though I don't have kids big enough. I will be looking at your archives soon enough though!

joylyn said...

I absolutely love, love, love posts like this!

Josh_n_Connie said...

Awesome post! Keep them up. :-)

Melanie said...

Love the ideas! I must order those water marbles for my boys!

kristel said...

Love the ideas: please keep them coming! I have a 3.5 year old and 1 year old, and I want to get the older one ready to begin preschool in fall!

Anonymous said...

Love these posts, I have 2 boys the same ages as yours and a 2 yo girl, so pile on the summer activity ideas!!

astr!d said...

i like these posts too! and those water marbles are super cool!

Unknown said...

I love the kids post, so please continue to do both. I have adapted quite a few of your ideas in our daily routine which includes a 7 year old and a 3 year old. Love the crafting ones as well, but I appreciate the kids ones. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

Like these posts a lot! Can you remind us in your next post of mommy school how old your kids are?

Hannah said...

i love the kids post and plan to do some "home schooling" this summer as my kids call it. We also just did the water beads too and loved them!

Christian said...

I initially started following for crafts. You introduced me to the wonderful world of freezer paper stencils. ;) But, I LOVE the kids posts. I have 2 boys, 1.5 and 3.5 so I actually relate to your blog on a personal level. I love establishing some of your ideas here at home.. For example, we now try to catch the garbage truck, on garbage day, the boys get a kick out of it. :)

Little Ol' Liz said...

Learning comes in many forms, and it looks like you did plenty of crafting to keep those boys of yours busy.

Not every meal needs to be a feast, you know?!

Jenaya said...

I'm not a mom yet, but I will be someday :)...keep the children's activities posts coming!

Julie Rogers said...

I LOVE these posts----as a mom of two boys, please share!!!! Thanks so much for some great ideas that we can use to kick off our summer:)

Krista said...

I also love these posts! This is how I planned on spending a portion of my sons summer weeks, so the more ideas th better. Thank you!!

Micah said...

I love these posts too! My boys are just about the same ages as yours so your tips and ideas are perfect. Thanks so much for all your hard work and time you put into your blog - it is awesome!!

T. L. Cole said...

Love this post. My boys are younger, but somebody the ideas will work now and others I'll book mark for later. Thank you for sharing!

t.

Audra said...

love it! gives me great ideas for my kids! thanks!

Tami said...

Love the ideas for kids. My son is only one, but your posts help to remind me that life, even with kids, can be interesting and inspiring.

Tami said...

Love the ideas for kids. My son is only one, but your posts help to remind me that life, even with kids, can be interesting and inspiring.

MommytoAJ4 said...

Love it, thanks, just ordered water beads, so excited! They will be perfect for our next Wet Wednesday with my littles!

Tara said...

Love these posts! Of course, I love the crafting too, but as a mother of two boys the same ages as yours (and a new baby girl) I love the idea of mommy school! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I don't have kids, but I'm in school to become an elementary school teacher, so I enjoy these posts. Keep it up!

WillyJacks said...

I like 'em! I have kids of similar ages and am always trying to find new games, etc for them so this is great. One thing, could you mention in your posts how old R&B are so it's easier to know what activities my kids could do?

Miss Marah said...

I love all your posts! I'm always on the lookout for fun interesting things to do with my boys-the age difference (5 almost 6 and the other just turned 1) is sometimes challenging in activities but still, such great ideas!
Bonnie Ms
ridingthebonnieway.blogspot.com

Kellie said...

I love your blog!
I always come here for great ideas...of all kinds...mommy, crafty, wifey, etc. Keep up the good work!

Myra said...

Fun ideas! I ordered the marbles. My kids are going to love them! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah @ Feed My Family said...

I like the kids post...good motivation and inspiration!

Unknown said...

Just keep posting. Both are great!

Erin said...

I love mommy school! I just ordered some of the water marbles and can't wait for them to arrive. :-)

Katherine said...

I used some of the water marbles with my niece last night and she loved them! They sell them at Walmart (they call them Orbeez, and they cost a lot more than the ones you link to) so I bought them kind of spur of the moment yesterday morning when I was there looking for something for us to do together. She was amazed at how much bigger they got and how slimy they were. Her brother didn't really care though. Thanks for the idea!

Staish said...

This is brilliant! I don't have any babies yet...but you've inspired me for one day when I do.
Thank you!

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