Summer Bucket List

Now that school is officially over and we are well into summer I thought I’d share with you all our summer bucket list for 2014. I found a cute printable using Pinterest called “How to Summer”. It has a column to list places to go, things to make, things to do, and things to eat. Here are just a few things we hope to do before the summer is over:

Places to Go

  • The beach (um, yeah!)
  • Sprinkler park
  • Harbor Islands
  • Fireworks (check! and will post on this later)
  • Zoo
  • Vacation Bible School (check! and will post on this later)
  • New Jersey (check! and will post on this later)
  • Papa’s concert

Things to Make

  • Garden stepping stones
  • Bird house
  • Colored hair (using chalk)
  • Sidewalk chalk paint (check!)
  • Real lemonade
  • Kites
  • Bubbles
  • Paint the kids rooms

Things to Do

  • Get the girls library cards
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Walk downtown in our new city
  • Water fight!
  • Hike
  • Bike without training wheels

Things to Eat

  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Homemade fruit roll-ups
  • Homemade popsicles
  • Root beer floats

We’ll make not of what we check off of the list as we get to it. I’m not sure we’ll accomplish everything, but it does not hurt to try! Happy summer everyone!

Last Day of School

We have a little tradition we started where on the first day of school we take pictures and conduct a little interview with each student. I enjoy looking back to see how much my girls have grown and how much their personalities have developed and changed. Here are the girls first and last day photos as well as their first and last day interviews:

Abigail

First Day of Kindergarten:

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Last Day of Kindergarten and Promoted to First Grade:

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Interview Questions/Answers (first day | last day):

My Age:  five | six

My favorite show/movie:  Oso and Cinderella | Lego Friends

My favorite color is:  pink, purple, yellow | pink, purple, and yellow

The best thing about school is:  learning about Jesus | math

The coolest person on earth is:  mommy | God

I am very good at:  playing sorry | coloring good pictures

When I grow up I want to:  be a ballerina | be a ballerina, artist, and a rock star

My favorite food is:  salad | salad

My least favorite food is:  chicken | chicken

My best friend is:  Constance | Melina and Allison

Jesus:  Christ died on the cross for our sins | has God’s power to heal us

Three words that describe me are:  crazy, fun, rock star | creative, silly, tall

This year I hope to learn:  about lizards and flamingos | Jesus (and the alphabet too)

Sarah

First Day of Preschool:

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Last Day of Preschool and Promoted to Kindergarten:

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Interview Questions/Answers (first day | last day):

My Age:  three | four

My favorite show/movie:  Belle | Frozen, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

My favorite color is: yellow | pink

The best thing about school is:  learning and stuff | making a rainbow

The coolest person on earth is:  daddy | God

I am very good at:  doing exercise | research

When I grow up I want to:  be a teacher | be a rock star and a doctor

My favorite food is:  pancakes | tacos

My least favorite food is:  rotten pancakes | salsa and peanut butter

My best friend is:  Abigail | Melina, Allie, and Riley

Jesus:  Christ died for our sins | is the light of Israel

Three words that describe me are:  three, funny, happiest | pretty, thankful, very “heroed”

This year I hope to learn:  VBS songs | kangaroos, jewels, and quails, and butterflies

Kindergarten Corner – Wrapping Up

We finished! We made it! Kindergarten is over! We didn’t go too crazy with our remaining units, so I’ll sum them up all in one post.

Unit 23 – Fox

The Biblical concept for this unit was, “God’s word makes me wiser than my enemies.” Most of the stories we read dealt with how sneaky and tricky foxes can be. One of my girls was not too excited about this, especially when we did The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Other than that, the girls did enjoy this unit, especially learning about foxes and how similar they are to dogs. And, of course, we couldn’t go through this unit without singing along to What Does the Fox Say?

Unit 24 – Vegetables

We followed this unit pretty closely. One of the activities was to grow vegetables using ones you already had on hand. We started growing an onion. We saw plenty of roots appear down below, but have yet to see green sprouts at the top.

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Day 1

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We also had fun with an art project that involved painting with vegetables. We used potato and carrots to make stamps. My mom had cute little cookie cutters that I used with the potatoes. I simply pressed the cookie cutter into the potato and then used a paring knife to cut around the edge to leave just the shape of the cookie cutter. I thought I took pictures of this project but alas, I did not. I hope the cookie cutter description is easy to follow!

Unit 25 – Quail

For this unit we memorized a few verses of the poem All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Francis Alexander. I made a sheet for each verse that allowed the girls to write out the verse and draw a picture to go along with it.

We had fun with a simple activity covering wings. It showed us just how fast a hummingbird’s wings flap. We started by flapping our “wings” two times in one second (like a crow). Then we flapped our wings three times in a second (like a pigeon). Then we learned a hummingbird flaps its wings 70 times in a second. It was fun to try and match that-though we didn’t come close.

Our “Book Time” book was Mouse and Mole, Fine Feather Friends by Wong Herbert Yee. One of the activities that went along with that was to go outside to sketch nature. We took advantage of at least one napping sibling to do just that-and it was a lot of fun!

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Sarah’s sketch

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Abigail’s sketch of the back yard

We also made another bird feeder with a toilet paper roll, peanut butter, and bird seeds.

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Unit 26 – Yellow

Let’s face it. At this point we are at the very end of June and getting pretty antsy for summer. The girls know their colors pretty well. We covered primary versus secondary colors, reviewed the colors of the rainbow, and have had plenty of practice mixing colors throughout the year. We were pretty anxious to be done so we plugged along with mostly the letter and phonics portion of the curriculum. The End!