My boys spent (collectively) five weeks at summer camp this summer vacation. They both had the opportunity to experience a variety of camps including – basketball camp, drama camp (2 week camp) and horse camp. Finally, James just finished up marching band camp (he’s shown above in the second row) which was the only overnight camp for one week. Camps are a great way for kids to spend part of their summer. In the case of the summer camps that my sons experienced, these programs offer a structured, supervised environment for boys and girls to socialize, have fun and yet learn new skills. It’s important to keep their minds and bodies working! Attending summer camp(s) helps to ease them back into the school year routine.
Now that James is home from band camp and there are no more scheduled camps, the boys can spend the next two weeks relaxing at home and using the time to get ready for school.
Their first assignment is to take their school supply lists and organize the items that we have on hand and give me a revised list of the items that we need to buy. Why buy new colored pencils and markers year after year when they have a perfectly good set from the previous school year? I highly recommend looking around your house for items and crossing off those items on their school supply list without spending a dime!
Also, they have to finish up their summer reading assignments. Ryan is entering middle school and has his very first summer reading assignment to complete. He read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif. Now, he has to finish his “Story Map” which is a little written report about the book. James has two summer reading books. He also read a Percy Jackson book – The Olympians Sea of Monsters. He is still reading his second book – Percy Jackson – Titan’s Curse. Do you notice the theme here? 🙂 Regarding the movie, be sure to catch Percy Jackson by watching the DVD now available on Netflix.
Getting their summer reading and story maps completed is a great way to ease kids back into the education mind-set! If you are struggling to get your kids to finish their summer reading, this 3-part wikiHow article How to Finish Your Summer Reading has some great tips like developing a reading plan, designating a time and place for reading and even learning how to read faster. These are all great tips to help your kids complete their summer reading while still enjoying their summer.
Speaking of easing the kids back into the education mindset and getting ready for back to school, Netflix is currently streaming some shows that can help us parents do just that, while still entertaining them!
For older kids, put a fun spin on the stuff they’re dreading — math homework, spelling tests, science reports — the brand new Project Mc² Netflix Original Series, premiering on Aug. 7 proves smart is the hottest BTS trend. The show features four supercool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to save the world. Total #SmartGirl inspo! Catch a first look here –
Suggestions for Kids
Ever After High’s new Way Too Wonderland adventure (debuting Aug. 14) empowers kids to write their own life stories. Whether Royal or Rebel, your actions, behaviors and choices are your own to make. Brian Unger hosts How the States Got Their Shapes. This travel documentary mixes history, politics and geography behind how the states got their borders that determined their shapes.
Get the little ones ready for new experiences with shows like the Netflix original Dinotrux from DreamWorks, premiering Aug. 14 — prehistoric hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles team-up to use their different skills to solve problems and show that even the most uncommon of duos, like Ty-Rux and Revvit, can form friendships of a lifetime.
- Streaming – Movies and TV shows are instantly streamed (not downloaded) via a Netflix-ready device. On the go or snuggled together in the family room, families can watch what they want, anytime, anywhere with Netflix.
- Where to watch Netflix-You can get instant access to Netflix on hundreds of devices, including TVs, tablets, mobile devices, game consoles and computers.
- Where to find TV Shows and Movies for Kids-With Netflix, you have the power to choose what your kids are watching. There’s even a dedicated section for kids where the only titles you’ll have access to are pre-screened and appropriate for kids aged 2-12. Netflix works with Common Sense Media to provide ratings, reviews and information so parents can easily make choices for their children.
- Individual Profiles for personalize suggestions –Netflix created profiles, which makes it easier for everyone in a household to enjoy Netflix. Members can create individual profiles within a single Netflix account, allowing everyone to have their own personalized suggestions based on what they watch and rate.
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