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Surviving Summer

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Summer is in full swing. How many times have you already heard the “B” word?

B-word as in “B-O-R-E-D!”

I’m also aware some of you thrive on routine–without it you are lost. On the other hand you don’t want to be too rigid since it is summer.

So how do you keep the kids occupied and yourself scheduled to the point you don’t lose your mind?


2013 Summer Survival Calendar

This calendar is another creation from the wonderful mind of Susan Heid. She has taken the headache out of searching for creative outlets for you and your kids. Here’s a quote from Susan: 

I have scoured different resources for all kinds of new ideas for enjoyable activities, crafts, games, and
easy recipes to make your summer full of fun—but also easier on you—a busy mom! You have at your
fingertips over 120 creative and fun ways to fight summer boredom!! This four-month calendar will
become an indispensable tool for your whole family as you journey through the summer months.

The 2013 Summer Survival Calendar are for the months of May, June, July and August. There is something different listed on each day of the four months, with a link to the instructions and details. For example, the activity listed for today is to “paint with milk paint.” You’re given a link with detailed instructions on how to make the paint. It looks like a lot of fun and very little mess even for your littlest Picasso.

After looking over the calendar what’s likely to be a hit around here are:

  1. Dancing Raisins on June 19
  2. Water balloon targets on June 29
  3. Rainbow snakes on July 8
  4. Homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker on July 13
  5. Mosaic birdbath on August 8
  6. Banana split day on August 29

Although everyday is scheduled in the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar, I don’t want all you type-A personalities to feel obligated to do everything listed. It’s only a suggestion and a guide. To truly plan your summer, you’ll want to add 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever Action Guide.

To help you get the best use of this guide, an audio workshop is included. This action guide really helped me put things into perspective and kept me over-scheduling, or expecting too much. The blank calendar allowed me to fill in the dates already obligated, and see what dates are left for us to play with.

To fill the open days, Buttercup and I could select an activity from the Summer Survival Calendar, or choose something from the action guide interest worksheet. The interest worksheet suggest places to go, activities to learn, physical activities, and outdoor/nature activities. Items we put on our list were botanical garden, museum (we have free summer pass), zoo (have some discount tickets), nature center, archery, bowling, and soccer.

For large families or ones with younger kids, parents will appreciate the list for Quiet Time Activities. This is a blank list so it can be customized for your family. When it’s wind down time, or you’re trying to escape the mid-afternoon heat, your kids can choose from a list of pre-selected approved activities.

Another great feature of this Action Plan is the initial planning part. You can get yourself organized from the start. From meal planning, to needed summer supplies and toys, to out-the-door bags for when you hit the road. Everything for an organized summer is in this short planner.

These planners are color downloads you print yourself. If you want them bound, you can take them to a local business supply store. I left the planner on the computer, but printed the Action Plan. We have a fantastic new color printer, so I splurged and made mine pretty.

These are some of the most inexpensive planners I’ve seen. All of The Confident Mom‘s products are economically priced. For the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar, there are four different purchasing options. They range from $3 to $10, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with this product.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar and 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever! for a fair and honest review. This post does contain affiliate links.

Philosophy Adventure Curriculum Giveaway

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292492_10201441584464751_1455421991_n I’m excited to be one of the chosen to introduce you to a brand new curriculum. It’s so new that it’s release date is tomorrow, June 1, and I’m going to give you have a chance to win a digital download copy. 943328_10201324534458574_1071171589_nPhilosophy Adventure–Pre-Socratics  is the latest publication from Homeschool Adventures Co. The basic goal of Philosophy Adventure is:

Philosophy Adventure™ is a program designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of philosophy.

One thing that truly intrigued me about this curriculum was the oxymoron of philosophical/biblical worldview. Truly throughout history philosophy and biblical teachings have run contrary to each other. In fact many college students, as well as adults, have been led astray from their biblical roots after studying these great thinkers of long ago.In their search for the answers to what author, Stacy Farrell, labels the “universal questions:”

  1. “Where did we come from and why are we here?”

  2. “Why is there evil, suffering and death in the world?”

  3. “Is there hope for our future?”

After having discussions with some highly intelligent, deep-thinking, analytically-minded individuals regarding these questions, I’ve come to the conclusion that in the quest for answers they have moved away from their biblical roots all because they tried to out-think God by limiting Him to the rules laid out by the worldly, philosophical man. So the best way to help prevent our children from being confused by worldly teachings is to ground them in God’s word.

As Christian homeschool parents, that’s usually our number one goal. 970121_10200526160373957_1679384993_nThis is where Philosophy Adventure will be your best friend. This curriculum introduces you and your students to great thinkers while using the Bible as the measuring stick for their ideologies. It also teaches all of us how to use the Bible as a reference guide for new ideas introduced to us through media, friends, and even those college professors and new acquaintances our fledglings encounter once they have flown from the nest.

Something that makes this program even better is that it isn’t just for teaching philosophy, its multi-purpose.

What homeschool mom doesn’t like that word? Philosophy Adventure has another advantage of being flexible and versatile. It can be used as a base curriculum for one year of high school–just add foreign language, math, and science. Of course you’ll need to consult your state standards, but your high school student can earn some credit for English Composition, World History/Geography, Speech/Communication, and Logic/Critical Thinking. As a supplement, you can use it as a semester or even quarter program. To reap the full benefits, I wouldn’t use it for less than a semester–unless you have a future Dr. Sheldon Cooper in your home.

Now that I’ve told you all about this program, let me give you a few facts. You can receive Philosophy Adventure in several ways. For you touchy, feely people, you can get the Complete Set print version. It retails for $89.95 and comes with The Reader, Student Workbook, and Teacher Resource CD. For those with space issues, but still like to have the physical product, you should check out The Reader with Resources CD option. The Reader comes in print format, but the student workbook is combined on the Teacher Resource CD in digital format and retails for $69.95. A complete set in digital format on CD, retails for $49.95, or you can download the entire program digitally for $39.95. Honestly, no matter which set you order, for what you get, this is a very inexpensive program.

If you’re looking for something a little different, and truly refreshing for your middle/high school student, you should give this a view. There’s really nothing like it I’ve seen.

To enter for your chance to win your very own digital copy of this curriculum, click on Entry-Form, and you’ll be taken to the entry. I couldn’t add this form to my blog due to WordPress.com regulations.

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