I’ve got to be honest about something: I’m THRILLED that Darah’s school offers a summer program. She needs the academic stimulation, as well as the time to run around and play with her peers. Layah and I need the extra time to bond together, and I really need the quiet time while Layah is sleeping to get a bit of work done, be it on this blog or around the house.
But in the time that Darah was out of school, I realized very quickly the truth that when it comes to keeping kids occupied, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! I had a few new activities planned for Darah every day. They weren’t anything spectacular. Just something new. It made a BIG difference in how our day went, and how happy Darah felt. As long as she got a little bit of special time with mom to do something fun, she was generally cooperative for the rest of the day. Seriously!
I know that some of you are likely home with one or more small kids all day for the summer, and you may be quickly reaching your limit with your patience, as well as with your creativity. I have a suggestion for you! Have you tried to create flashcards for your kids, yet? Flash cards are such a great (and CHEAP!) way to get your kids to practice reading, problem solving, and all sorts of other skills.
You may have some great ideas off the top of your head for what you could make (addition flash cards, for example). Or maybe you are reading this and thinking, “Could be fun…but can you please give me some specific ideas!” Oh yes, my friends, I can! In fact, you can check out what types of flashcards other folks are making online and make your own modifications to them, or just print what they made. It couldn’t be easier, and it’s FREE! This is music to my ears, since I’m NOT crafty and I’m a bit short on disposable income after our recent move.
Thank goodness for the internet! It’s honestly helping me help my children learn in creative and fun ways. Now go print yourself some flashcards for next week!
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