Dinner Nights- Tues thru Thurs the boys will be in charge of helping with dinner. That means the week before they need to decided what they are making so that when I shop on Friday I can get ingredients.
Library events- I want to take the boys to lots of events at the library this year like the special ones about dragonflies, etc. And of course, sign up for the reading program
Reading Programs- Speaking of which there are lots of reading programs- Barnes and Nobles, Half Price Books, library. Every day as part of their chores they need to read at least 20 minutes. We're going to have a Reading log and they need to fill this out for at least one book a week. The log will ask the following questions:
What is the title and author?
Who are the characters?
What type of book is this? (nonfiction, mystery, historical fiction, etc)
What is the conflict?
How is the conflict resolved?
What was your favorite part of the book?
Did you like this book? Why or why not?
Summarize the story.
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highly recommend) how would you recommend this book?
Exploration- Every week I want to focus on a different topic. Throughout the week we will check out books about the topic, find info on the web about it, do activities and organize what we learn into a notebook. There will be certain questions they need to answer in their notebooks to write about it. They can draw, cut out pictures, etc. to include as well. Some of the topics we will take field trips to learn more about. Topics: dinosaurs, diamonds, the moon, bees, butterflies,
International Dinner- Once a month we will visit a foreign country and eat what they would eat. I will let the boys pick what country they want to visit.
Art- I would like to have some art projects (once a week?). I also want to frame the art they've already done and hang it up nicely in our play room.
Day trips- (On top of our longer planned vacations) 50 cent movies, beach, Brazos Bend, Lone Ranger Train?, Austin, Outdoor Theatre, Science Museum- free night, zoo
Schedule- Quiet Time everyday between 1-3 in their room to let Evie get a nap and Mom accomplish things or take a nap, too. :) After 3 we can play with friends, go swimming, have media time, etc. I would like to start out quiet time with Mommy reading hour right after lunch I want to read out loud to them for 30 minutes. During lunch I would like to read part of For the Strength of Youth and repeat the articles of faith. (I'm kind of thinking backwards here.) Breakfast will probably be whenever they get up and are ready so no set time. But I do want to have some sort of exercise in the morning. I haven't figured out how that will work yet.
Bored? Do indexing!!! Dallas said he wants to learn to do this this summer.
Chores: Once they finish chores they can one hour of media time- computer games, cartoons, Wii. Watching another play counts as their time! Here are the chores:
Make beds (do better job)
Put away clothes
Weed 100 weeds or do garden chore or Trim under trampoline
Read 20 mins, Fill out reading log once a week
Do vocab practice on computer
Do TEA website
2 a week work on Exploration Notebook
2 a week do a WS page from school books
Piano lessons: I am going to teach all my lessons, including Dallas and Levi on Mondays. I have some goals for my students: 1 Min Race; Banana Split practice incentive; Recital in July; Find Curriculum about ear training and study; Visit music store to find some fun sheet music
Marriage: Plan weekly dates; Have Sunday night planning/companion study
Personal: Get 3 month food storage; 30 minutes a day in my scriptures; I want to do strength training and 30 minutes a day exercise; Eat more protein and less sugar- Drink a green smoothie everyday; Practice my piano, too; Make more homemade bread; Stick to a budget; Finish my sewing projects; Continue to keep up the blog; Plan fall garden and start seeds