This question has been asked at least a dozen times in my local community Facebook group: What am I supposed to do with my kids all summer long? With school coming to a close for the summer, traditional schooling families suddenly have lots of time to fill. This is not often a problem for homeschoolers, who can fill all that time and still feel like it wasn't enough. But, as we've phased out lessons for our unofficial Kindergarten year, I'm looking forward to filling our time with handicrafts, cooking, and being outside.
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This year for handicrafts, we used Rooted Childhood. Each month's collection contains eight handicrafts, three recipes, book suggestions, songs and finger rhymes. While we aren't going to do year-round schooling (for now at least!) Rooted Childhood will be a wonderful way to keep some structure in our days and give us some big projects to work on so we're passing the time intentionally.
Spring and Summer Handicrafts
Although I've written about Rooted Childhood before, I wanted to share with you the projects we've done this spring and will work on this summer. I love that these handicraft ideas are seasonal, so they are always changing and help us celebrate each season.
In April, we made beautiful string-wrapped Easter eggs. We had friends over for a tea party, and made the eggs together. It took us a bit to realize that if we coated the string in clear glue, it would wrap around the egg and stay much more easily. But once we got that down, everyone, even my middle guy (3.5) enjoyed making them!
My husband even got involved with May's collection of Rooted Childhood. He tracked down wood, screws, and bolts to help us make flower presses. My children are so excited about these! Ours are a little bigger than the presses modeled in Rooted Childhood, but in a way, that adds to their impressiveness. And of course, they can hold many, many flowers because of their size!
Each collection comes out the month before on the 15th (if you have the subscription) or you can seasons or even months separately. I've organized each collection in a binder, so we can revisit the projects for many years to come.
Continuing Story Time Throughout The Summer
We need to get into a new summertime rhythm for reading books, singing folk songs, and listening to poetry and rhymes. These things are a fantastic way to calm anxious little ones, interrupt quarrels, and as an added bonus, they allow rich learning opportunities without our children even knowing it.
Every month when we get our new Rooted Childhood collection, Miss H flips through and looks for books and short stories that she'd like to read. Last month, she was really excited to learn the folk song, "I Love the Mountains." It's such a blessing when our children are eager to learn and participate in literacy-building activities!
Miss H loves to cook. I often hold back from trying new recipes with her, because I'm not sure how they would work with a six-year-old, plus two little guys who love to "help." (By the way, I've learned that giving the little ones a bowl of flour and some water to pour in there is the BEST way for them to help. They stir and have so much fun, and the real recipe still turns out to be edible!)
Rooted Childhood has three recipes in each collection. They are real-food recipes, which I love! These almond-flour cookies (see below) that we made were really delicious. We ate them pretty quickly, which was okay with me, because they are healthier than a lot of things that my boys eat!
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