It’s summertime! Lazy days, warm afternoons, swimming, and sun!
Summer is also the season when kids are home and can help around the house a little bit more. I generally don’t pay my kids for household chores, but during the summer we change things up and add some fun with MAMA MONEY!
Mama Money is earned through a variety of jobs and activities, and can be saved up for fun shopping sprees throughout the summer.
Summertime is all about READING! Stacks of books, hours of free-time, long hot days with nothing to do…except read!
Join me today in our family SCHOOLROOM (my favorite place…) for the TOP TEN BOOKS on our reading list this summer.
During the school year my kids read whatever their teachers recommend, or whatever they find at the library. But in the summertime I give them a list from our family bookshelf. These are tried and true old-fashioned books I read as a child. I don’t want my kids to miss out on these stories, even if they are from a different era. Most of our copies are from the second hand store, and I love the dog-eared pages and stamps from school libraries of long ago.
This summer, to add to the fun, we’re having a family BOOK BATTLE! My kids love doing book battles with their school librarian. This year we’ve made our own family list of books to read…and we’ll battle it out in August.
Wanna know a secret? One of our favorite family summer outings is BYU-Idaho Education Week in Rexburg, Idaho.
It’s affordable. It’s for all ages. It’s three days of classes and activities for the whole family.
We’ve gone for two years and our kids LOVE it! They love the counselors, they love the easy schedule, they love meeting and mingling with other great kids.
What’s my favorite part? My kids are busy while I’m attending classes with my hubby. And our evenings are free for family fun: family dancing, bowling, planetarium, swimming, a concert and the ropes course!
BYU-Idaho Education Week is a well-kept secret. The registration fee is affordable and it’s a great place to meet good families from across the nation. Check out their official website here: http://www.byui.edu/education-week