April 08, 2013

Mommy School - Summer School Plan 1

I'm going to change up the Monday Mommy School posts for the next two months and here's why.  I have about 9 weeks left till the baby comes and until school is out and I want to use these posts to prepare 9 weeks of Mommy School ideas for the summer.

So, each Monday for the next 9 weeks I'll post 5-6 activities that go along with a theme.  I plan on doing various activities around that theme for the week.  Then when summer hits I can refer back to these posts instead of trying to plan everything once it's already hit.


So the first week is going to be about DINOSAURS.  Here are a some of the things we plan to do.


1) Make dinosaur eggs.  You can find all the info and instructions HERE.  I think I might prep this beforehand and use the activity to introduce the theme of the week to the boys.  



2) Dinosaur rubbings.  Do you remember placing a paper over something with texture and then rubbing a crayon over it to copy to texture?  Well Rex's teacher had some dinosaur outlines at school where she had outlined them with hot glue and then the kids used them to do a rubbing.  I thought it was pretty clever.  I want to take it one step further and do the bones like this picture and then let them do a rubbing of it.  Then we can talk about fossils, etc.



3) Make dinosaur crackers.  This is nothing scientific, but I want one of our days to be a cooking day.  I plan on making these cheese crackers with the boys and then rolling them out like cookie dough and using a dinosaur cookie cutter to make dino crackers.  This simple cracker recipe is found HERE.


Maybe we'll even make them into fossil crackers, kind of like these cookies from HERE.



4) For an art project we'll try this Name-O-Saurus idea found HERE.



5) Visit a dinosaur museum.  We have one nearby that I've never been to.  I figure this would make a fun outing - especially after we've learned a little more about them.



6) And for some writing, reading, and counting review there's a great printable stuff HERE about dinosaurs.

So hopefully this can take the planning work out for some of you this summer, too.  I'm excited to plan out some more themed weeks.  Thanks for reading.

13 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea to have plans already made for summer. Having a new baby is so stressful, so you're being so smart to have a plan ahead of time!

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  2. we have been to that dinosaur museum before. At the very end of it, there is a room where they can "excavate". It's right before the museum gift shop. My husband snuck into the gift shop and bought some "precious gems" and then sneakily slipped them into the sand right in front of my kids. They were so excited when they actually found something in the sand! sounds like a fun week!

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  3. Great ideas. The U has an excellent museum that Sam and Madi loved when they were little. It has a sand digging pit and huge dinosaur bones.

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  4. We too have loved the dino museum @ Thanksgiving Point. Thanks for the inspiration to make the summer educational. I've been wanting to do a mommy school format but wasn't sure where to start. Thanks for sharing what you've gathered!

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  5. Great ideas. We've also made ice eggs. Just put something (could be a small plastic dinosaur) inside a balloon and fill with water then freeze. The kids like using a knife or hammer to break them open, or just melting them in sun.

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  6. We had a dinosaur party for my son's 4th birthday and I made those eggs - they took forever to dry - keep that in mind! But breaking them apart was a blast! After we broke them we cleaned off the dinosaur and used air dry clay to make fossils - after they were dry we painted them - super fun!

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  7. What an awesome idea - I love how you're planning ahead!! And making things super easy for us too :) Thanks!

    My friend JUST told me about this exact cracker recipe - she makes them all the time for her 20 mo, old, but complains that her husband eats most of them!!! :) haha

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  8. We just did my son's dinosaur-themed birthday party and made these excavation kits for the kids to play with at the party and then to take home as the party favor. I must say - they were a HUGE hit and all of the moms have said their kids have been playing with them a TON since the party. We made personal-sized excavation kits found on this blog: http://mallardcovemommy.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-dino-dig-kits.html

    Just thought I'd pass it along. They were so fun!

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  9. What a great idea! That will be so nice for when the baby comes, especially because you never know how your day (or night) will turn out with a newborn.

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  10. You are awesome. I've been mildly panicking as I try to think about summer, wanting to do "school" 5 days a week with my son, knowing I need to organize and plan ahead. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and the things you find!! It's going to help me so much!

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  11. Books books books! You would be amazed how much kids will glean from books of all levels. If you don't have them already their little library cards are the very best thing you can give them. The themes you're planning would be so great to go get a Huge stack of books each week on that theme. Also, we've had wonderful success listening to books on cd in the car. Your activities linked with books that they can peruse and you can read together will teach them a TON! Have fun LT

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  12. So it has been since Christmas since I have stopped by your blog...sure am glad I did stop by!! I am also just a few weeks away from meeting our third addition, and have been thinking a lot about what this summer is going to look like with new baby, and am wanting to get some planning done now! You have totally inspired me to not just think about it, but put into action the plans for the weeks of the summer months! THANK YOU for doing this series!!!
    Dinos- so fun, last summer we had a dino day which included a dino excavation, I froze dinos in water and we used hammers to break up the ice and find them, then we went on a dino egg hunt, followed by a dip in the dino watering hole (just took all our dino friends and put them in the pool in the back) It was a blast!!!

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  13. So it has been since Christmas since I have stopped by your blog...sure am glad I did stop by!! I am also just a few weeks away from meeting our third addition, and have been thinking a lot about what this summer is going to look like with new baby, and am wanting to get some planning done now! You have totally inspired me to not just think about it, but put into action the plans for the weeks of the summer months! THANK YOU for doing this series!!!
    Dinos- so fun, last summer we had a dino day which included a dino excavation, I froze dinos in water and we used hammers to break up the ice and find them, then we went on a dino egg hunt, followed by a dip in the dino watering hole (just took all our dino friends and put them in the pool in the back) It was a blast!!!

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