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Summer Lesson Plans: School is out for summer … now what? ¬† I like to prepare lessons for our kids in the summer- they are fun, science based lessons!

For my summer lesson plans with our kids (ages 7, 6, 4 & 1), I let the kids pick a theme every night and then when they go to bed, I organize my lesson (did I mention that I was a teacher before I had kids?)

Last summer, I shared my lesson plans with my friends, as well (a week at a time), so this year,  I am excited to share them with you, hoping that it gives you a jump-start into your summer lessons.

As I used to tell my student’s parents’….¬† If you work with your child over the summer, they will be very prepared for the following school year.¬† While many children will be LOSING what they have learned during the year, your child will not only retain it, but will advance.¬† What parent does not want that success for their child?


As I am writing this, I am listening to¬†Surviving Summer, yet again.¬† I just heard Susan say:¬†¬†“Boredom inspires resourcefulness.¬† Many days don’t have the opportunity to be bored.”¬†¬†¬†She says “Remember when your Mom just kicked you outside to go play?”¬†¬† Many of our kids won’t have that experience.¬† (PS- this is just chapter one!¬† I still have 9 steps to share with you, but I don’t want to spoil the activities portion with any more sneak peeks!)

I agree with this. Yesterday, our 6¬†year old was ‘bored’, so I sent him out to play in the back yard while my husband¬†was working outside.¬†¬†TWO HOURS later, he came in with a little wooden bed for his stuffed animals!¬† He built it out of wood, nails & a hammer! ¬† It was wonderful and it came from a little scrap wood, some un-scheduled time and a lot of imagination (& supervision)!
So- lets start your lesson today on Undersea Animals (our kids picked this one)

1-¬†Get books from home or the library.¬† You will need FIVE books about the ocean or undersea animals.¬† This week’s theme will be all about whales, sharks, etc… (interesting for the kids, I promise!)¬† I went to the library and checked out a few non-fiction books on the ocean and their favorite ocean creature… SHARKS.¬† I also checked out a few fiction books (like the Magic School Bus books). ¬† Now, you don’t have to, but I extended this into a movie night with our kids, so I also rented the movie Dolphin Tale.¬† (free free, at the library) ¬† ¬†While you are out, you may want to pick up some¬†laminate paper, if you plan on keeping some of these games/lessons for future children to use.¬† You DO NOT have to do this, but I have 4 kids, so I will be using it for all of them and I needed this to be durable.

2- Find a list of sight words or letters for your child.¬† (here is how I keep our sight words displayed, all of the time, for the kids to see) .¬† ¬† If you are not sure which sight words your child should be learning you can EASILY find them by searching “Sight words for ____ grade” into your search bar. ¬†I personally look at the school that they will be going to next year and pick a teacher from the next school year.¬† I look on his/her webpage and take his/her sight word list off of the website and copy/paste it into my word document.¬† I type it up (make it bigger- around 30 font) and print it out.
I would prepare for NEXT school year by using the NEXT grade’s sight words during the summer.

ps- if you aren’t ready for sight words, you can do letters. ¬†Here is how I taught him all of his letters in a week.

You can play games like Sight Word Bingo or ABC Bingo with these words, too.

If you are ready, move onto day 2. 


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Becky, your blog is one of my favorites. I love how you help and reach out, and your heart for Jesus. Have a blessed week, sweet friend!

    1. You always say the nicest things, Ashley! Wish we lived close enough to get together w/ our little ones!!