Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fresh Water!

We are still wrapping up our Planet Earth studies. We wanted to wait until it was really warm to go to Turner Falls, a 70 foot natural water fall in the Arbuckle Mountains, to end our Fresh Water study. It was fun!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I never claimed to be above bribery

It's just a fact. Reading makes you smart. Another fact? With all the free time in the summer, so much reading could be done that brains could start to expand to the point of oozing out of ears. That's what we are going for here. Seriously, it's really important to me that they are reading.

Everyone got off to a great start at the beginning of summer, but then things kinda started winding down and reading started tapering off a bit. So I decided to start a reward system.

For 1 chapter book or 100 pages, you can treat yourself to some delicious mini candy bars, or have a party in your mouth with these pop rocks.

For the bargain price of 2 chapter books, or 200 pages, you can be the proud owner of some adorable mini notepads, some refreshing gum, an assortment of wacky jelly bellies, or a roll of endless-potential-duct tape.

How about 3 books or 300 pages? Refresh yourself with a FUZE, or indulge in some Hazelnut Piroulines. Or how about a trendy notebook or some thrilling party poppers? Douse your friends and coworkers with this ca-RAZY silly string, or hide in a closet and eat this jumbo Symphony bar. ...oh wait, that's me.

And if you are a saver? For 5 chapter books or 500 pages, you could be the proud owner of a lovely hibiscus tote, a cuddly plush shark, a set of artist brushes, or a clip-on LED spotlight. Also in here are certificates for a one-on-one trip to starbucks or for ice cream.
Do I have to bribe my kids?
No, they like to read.
Is it worth the cost of prizes to light a fire under them and get them to voluntarily read in their free time, increasing their reading levels over the summer?
Of course.
Is it really obnoxious when people ask themselves questions and then answer them?
Have a great summer.

End of the year

Every summer when we finish our school year, we have an open house for our grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. We put out some of the kids' favorite projects from the year. Everyone looks at all we've done, we have a slide show of our pictures, Cole recounts to the group every second of every detail of every day, then we eat dessert. It's a fun wrap-up to our year!

Olympic Day!

If you don't do Homeschool Olympic Day, you should! It's so much fun. Put it on your plan for next year. Click here to find out more about it.