Monday, September 9, 2013

Summer Bucket List Update

Since Summer is technically over for us today as our Classical Conversations school group starts tomorrow, I'd thought I'd look over my Summer Bucket List and see if we met most of our Summer goals.  Setting goals or making a list is a great motivator for me to get things done.

Here are the goals my kids and I came up with:

 Do the Library Summer Program

Ali-Go to Pioneer School at the museum for a week

Josiah and I-10th Anniversary getaway trip

Visit the local museum

Have some friends and their families over for dinner

Visit some parks we've never been to before

Ride Boppa's horses

Make a water sensory blob

Go on family bikes rides

Draw with sidewalk chalk


Swim in the backyard pool almost every day

Visit Yellowstone with Josiah's parents

KK-play with Abigail and "Emmy" her friends

Do a Family Movie Night

Summer matinee movies at the theater for $1

Go to the park in Thermopolis and have ice-cream with cousins

Go to the Circus

Go swimming at the local pool

Justus-have a family birthday party in August

Celebrate Daddy's big 30th birthday with a BBQ party

Attend a couple of Vacation Bible Schools

Host a 5-Day Club and help feed the teen missionaries

Lake Days with friends

4th of July fun--picnics, fireworks, parade, rodeo, etc.

Camp a couple of times as a family

Attend Lego Club (Ali) and Jr. Lego Club (the boys) at the library

Eat lots of ice-cream

Lots of hanging out with friends

Attend the weekly church sport's nights/fellowship nights when we can

Playdates with Ansley, CC and Diana, Heidi, Eli, Stella and Celeste, Carston, and Dylan

Attend Gold Rush Days at South Pass City

Have lots of leisure time for fun in the sun and relaxing

The MOST IMPORTANT goal of our summer is to get into the Word of God. No matter who you are or what your responsibilities, it is always a fight to make God's Word a priority and you have to make the time or it won't happen. I have seen how easily even church activities and homeschool studies can crowd out family Bible time. is what our family is doing to make sure that doesn't happen. If nothing else happens on our Summer Bucket List, I want to make sure that this stuff happens:

The kids are continuing to listen to Daddy read to them from the Bible every night

Having morning devotional time with Mom (Going through Thriving Family magazines' 60 Day Trip around the World praying for the nations) We didn't do all of the 60 Days Around the World--we kind of forgot about it after the first few weeks!  Oops!

Memorizing the ABC verses (26 verses printable I found online)

Ali and I: Mother/Daughter tea time Bible Study every Friday morning
We didn't do it every Friday morning but we did meet together about 5 times this summer.

Me-weekly Bible Study that my mom leads in the summer-this summer we're doing "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver.
Best part of my summer!  I'm so blessed by the ladies in our Bible Study group!

Take the kids to 5-Day Club, as well as church and Sunday School

Ali-personal Quiet Time once a day where she is looking up Bible verses for our study.
This was one of Josiah's goals for Ali.  I know she said she was reading her Bible each day this summer but wasn't remembering to look up her verses for study.

Educational Goals:

Ali and Jer: Read/listen to books for 1,200 minutes during the month of the library program challenge

Justus and KK: listen to 600 minutes of stories

Ali and Jer: 1-2 pages of Math each weekday

Ali: Learn cursive, do 1-2 pages in cursive workbook copying Scripture

Jer: Practice handwriting, reading, and writing for 10-20 minutes a day

Ali and Jer-taking a free, 3-day class at the library in June called Word Play

Ali and Jer--taking a free, 3-day class at the library in July called Let's Pretend

Working on their Nature Notebooks (which they love) as we explore God's creation

Make a Gold Rush Days lapbook

Make a lapbook of their choice

Read alouds:

The Secret at Pheasant Cottage and Rainbow Garden

by Patricia St. John

Start the Christian Heritage series by Nancy Rue
We ended up reading lots of library books and fewer chapter books this summer.

Me-attend a practicum (training) for Classical Conversations in Casper, WY

Me-prepare to be a CC Tutor for the coming school year

Summer Chores:

Morning routine after breakfast:

Brush teeth

Make beds

Straighten Rooms

Help Mom with a household chore

Afternoon clean-up time before Daddy comes home
Not every goal was met, but we made some serious dents in our goals for summer fun!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer!

1 comment:

Lea said...

Wow! You guys did really good with your summer list!

We did good on all the "big" stuff but things like taking a family walk each week (we live near several lovely parks where we can easily walk) didn't happen. Something new to start I guess!

Happy fall and enjoy your first week of CC!

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