Saturday, April 9, 2011

Calling All Summer Scholars

Don't be alarmed by all of the text!  
I have a great offer for you at the end of this post.  :)


What will you be doing this summer?
Or, should I ask... what will your children be doing?




If you are like me, you are a stay-at-home mom.  You look forward to the summer when your children are home with you... but you also know that your job is about to get a lot more demanding.  I can't keep on top of the housework as it is!  However, I want summer to be fun for my kids.  I want to enjoy the summer WITH my kids.  And, most of all, I want my kids to get something meaningful out of that time.


Summer is a fun time.  It is also a time when children slip into a new routine and risk losing valuable skills learned the previous school year.  This is referred to as Summer Learning Loss.  There has been a lot of research on this subject, showing that children lose about a month’s equivalent of learning each summer.  In math, that averages as much as 2.6 months of learning lost.  Each fall our teachers spend the first months reteaching our children skills so that they can move onto new material.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!




As a parent of three, I saw great value in adding educational experiences into my child’s summer days at home.  I had great intentions of doing so too.  However, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be.  I never found myself organized enough to pull it off.  That is what led me to create a summer learning program for parents and caregivers to use with their children over the summer months.  I created the Sun Scholars Summer Program to be an easy way to combine education and fun into your child’s summer vacation.

SO... here is what you've been reading all of this for...

I will be selecting four individuals to help me pilot my Sun Scholars Summer Program.  Each person selected will be given a complete copy of my summer program free of charge.  In return, you commit to share the program with your child(ren) or the child(ren) in your care over a six week period.  Once a week you will be asked to share some photos, highlights, and comments on how things went.


You can find more information on my program HERE.  You can also download a sample week of the program HERE.


Your commitment:
-  Begin the program the first week in May
-  Select 6 of the 12 themed weekly kits
-  Share at least one of the four activities each week day with your child(ren), or the child(ren) in your care
-  Be willing to participate for 6 consecutive weeks
-  At the end of each week share a few photos and provide some feedback



So... are you in?

How to register:
-  Check out the program and see if it will work for you!
-  Comment to this post, sharing a little about yourself and the child(ren) you will share the program with.
-  Most importantly, share in your comment WHY you would like to give the Sun Scholar Summer Program a try!



I will select the four Sun Scholar Mommas/Daddies/Grandmas/Nannies/etc. based on their responses.  Listen... you don't have to be wearing a cape to pull this program off.  Let me prove it to you!  Winners will be announced at the kick off for For the Kids Friday at 10pm on April 21st.

Good luck!  I am SO excited to share this program with all of you! 


50 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel,
    I would love to try out your program. I have 3 boys at home ages 3 1/2, 8 1/2 and 10. I may also be watching the neighbor girl who is 9 years old. I have a tendency to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and I lose focus of the joy of being home with my boys. I would love to have the tools to be able to work with my boys and help them have a fun educational summer. One of my boys has a genetic disorder that has some effects on memory and behavior and my other son struggles with his reading skills and anxiety. Any opportunity I can give them to excel would be wonderful!
    Thank you so much for putting this program together what a wonderful idea!!!!
    ~Mari

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  2. Wow! I am impressed with the comprehensive summer program you have put together. I looked over the sample week, and I would love to give it a try! Here's a little bit about us:

    My daughter, Skylar, is currently in Kindergarten. She's already reading and she's really good at math. She loves doing "homework", and I want to nurture her fondness of schoolwork before it's too late! This summer she will be going to a great camp during the week, so I know she'll be having lots of great summer experiences. But...I want to have a way to keep her brain working so she doesn't start first grade with the "Summer Slows" most kids tend to suffer with during the first few weeks of school.

    I am a former Kindergarten teacher, so educating my daughter is very important to me. I currently work full time in healthcare, and my hours get me home late in the evening. Because of this, we generally leave most of our activities to the weekend. I still do everything I can to make sure that I am giving her the extra enrichment she needs.

    While looking through the sample summer program week, I saw several things I really liked about it. I loved that many of the activities are leveled for the individual child's abilities. I also really like that most of the activities have little to no set-up (great for busy moms!). I think that we could definitely do several of the activities during our weekend time, and even a few during the weeks.

    I'm getting a little wordy here, so I will finish up by saying I would love to give this program a try and share it with you and your readers. Thanks for putting it out there for all of us!

    Lizz
    lizzandlittlebit.wordpress.com
    lizzdtrick@yahoo.com

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  3. I would love to try this out! I have a 19 month old daughter with special needs, developmental delays and severe language delays and am trying to find a program that will provide her the most support and education I can! Thank you for the willingness to find people out there that would like to work alongside you, and I hope we will be one of the ones!!

    Amanda and Grace
    amanda_glows_forever@yahoo.com

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  4. I would love to try out your program! I just looked at the Sample Week and WOW! This is just what I need. I have a four year old daughter, and because we are currently living in India, I won't be enrolling her in preschool until she is nearly five. I do frequent learning activities with her, but I would love to try something more structured like your program. I also have an 18 month old boy who would certainly do his best to participate as well. This looks like a great fit for us. Thanks!

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  5. I came across your blog and am totally hooked. I teach 2nd grade currently but will be off for the summer with my 3 and 4 year olds. My 4 year old will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I have been scouring the net nightly to write down crafts, and learning projects all over the net with her this summer. Your program does all the work for me. It is all togtether, themed, and engaging.
    I have found the world of blogs to be inspiring and think that having a person who often struggles trying to fit in all in (cleaning, work, mom duties,cooking, being a wife, and relaxing) would be a great asset to tell it like it really is using the program. I must say 100 times a day how do these people with blogs fit it all in, do it so well and then post it.
    So there is my campaign speech. Either way I will be following to see how it goes.
    Heidi
    bandedup.blogspot.com

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  6. Rachel, we'd be interested in trying. Is this something that we can take with us on the road? We do lots of road trips in the summer. We've got two adventuresome girls- ages 7.5 and 5.

    I agree that we should continue the learning process through the summer (in a fun way of course!). I'm always dismayed when I hear how much time the teachers have to spend going back over old stuff. I've tried doing some summer learning on my own but I've found it challenging to stick with it since it wasn't a formal program. :-)

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  7. I have three kids ages four, three and one. I am very interested in homeschooling but I never seem to get organized enough to actually make it happen. I would love to try your program! Thank you for the opportunity!
    Christina P.
    paskettc at gmail dot com

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  8. I like what I see. My son has Down syndrome and he's in a regular Kindergatrten class with support. I was looking at the Green Eggs & Ham unit and I was thinking that for a kid like Max, you could focus on the unit for several weeks with some repetition. I like how flexible this is. I'd like to participate too.

    Cheers~
    Marti in San Diego

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  9. Hi Rachel! I've actually already downloaded your sample and have been planning to use it for my daughters this summer. I love the way you have integrated many different subjects and how you tie the activities in with literature!

    I am a mom to a 2 and 4 year old, and am always on the lookout for great educational ideas. I currently teach 2nd grade for a public school (and have experience teaching 1st through 7th), but am planning to homeschool my girls starting next year when they hit kindergarten. I can tell your program is not limited to homeschooling though - it can simply be used for fun, which is why we would be participating!

    My girls and I have the stick-to-it-ness to try the program for the full 6 weeks and I am willing to post about it weekly (or more so) on my blog.

    Thanks for your consideration!
    Andrea
    addicted2tutes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would love to participate in your program. I have a 20 month old daughter and I am often trying to think of ideas to both play and learn with her. I used to teach 7th grade english so I know about learning activities for teenagers but I have had a difficult time thinking of learning activities for one so young. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

    Swtennis2@yahoo.com

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  11. Wow! This sounds great and like a lot of fun. I would love to give it a try. I know my little one would enjoy it.
    I have a three year old daughter. I have tuaght pre-k for the last 5 years. I made the decision to stay home with my daughter this year. I am enjoying the time at home but I do miss teaching. My daughter attended daycare where I taught for the last two years and enjoyed it. I must admit, she really misses going to "school" and being with her friends. She likes the structure and is very eager to learn. I think your program would be great for us to use this summer for "school." Thanks!

    shdavis@numail.org

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  12. I am so impressed with the amount of work and detail you put into your summer program. I am a homeschooling mom of seven children. We have been homeschooling for 11 years. My "teens" (17, 15, and 14) are all doing high school through correspondence. My "middles" (11 and 10) are using various curricula for their schooling and continue on with their regular schedule through the summer. But, I have 2 little ones - ages 3 years and 15 months - that have no structure whatsoever to their days. My 3 year old is a quick learner and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" just isn't cutting it any more. In fact, I was just talking to my husband this weekend about how I need to start up some kind of unit studies or something for the "littles." I would absolutely LOVE to start your summer program with them. Well, at least with my 3 year old - the littlest one might wander off... :o)

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  13. My kids are only 2 and 4 years old, and haven't started school yet, so we probably aren't ideal for your pilot project. However, I peeked at the sample kit and it looks like you've put together a really thoughtful program. Good luck getting it launched!

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  14. I would love to try the program. I have three children ages 7,6 and 2. I am a homeschooling mom and am always looking for creative things to do with my children that will incorporate fun into learning. I had previously checked out the program and was thinking about using it. So for me starting it in May would be great. So to end my post PIC ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Rachel,
    I love to teach my children over the summer months and all the time really and so look forward to summer when they are home. Your program is amazing escpecially for a not too organized person like myself I feel like it is something I can do instead of going by the seat of my pants which I have pulled off thus far but a little more order would be fabulous!

    I have 3 children 5 soon to be 6, 7, and 8 and am so looking forward to summer with them and feel your program would be an added addition to our summer fun!

    Julia from sweet serendipity

    www.sweetserendipity23.blogspot.com

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  16. I have 3 boys and the oldest two will be in 1st and Kindergarten this Fall. I have been worrying about the exact thing you mentioned in your post. Them losing skills and not being ready to go back. I would love to have your program, it looks like a good mix of fun and education.
    moehend@yahoo.com

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  17. Hello Rachel,
    What a great site! Thanks for contacting me.
    I stuck your button on my blog but I think I don't know what else I should do to have my little watercolor set linked. Do I need to do something else? Do let me know when you have a minute.
    Nicole

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  18. Oh boy! This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! I am a SAHM to four little girls (ages 6 weeks, 3, 4, and 5). They are all at different levels and I've been having trouble finding activities that we can do that are good for all of them. Obviously, my 6 week old won't be participating, but your activities are perfect for a range of ages. I really hope that you will choose my family to pilot your program. I do commit to following the program as you have requested. This is a great opportunity and I hope that we can be a part of it. Thank you for your consideration.

    Susie,
    Kateri (5), Molly (4), Campbell (3) and Cecilia (6 weeks)

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  19. Hi Rachel,
    We would love to try the Sun Scholars Program with our children. I know we would be a great fit.
    A little about us. I am the mother to 3 children (our son who is 9, and two girls, ages 6, and 2.5) We also have another little girl on the way.
    I am also a professor at Brigham Young University where I teach Family Psychology. I help students understand how to have stronger families and be dedicated parents.
    I have fun writing my blog, http://familyvolley.blogspot.com. Where I answer readers questions about parenting, families, marriage, etc. Anything goes. And have an opportunity to share all that I teach and believe in.
    With kids at all different ages, our family could offer great insight into the benefits of the program for different ages, and different genders.

    It would be great to highlight our adventures with the Sun Scholars program on Family Volley each week also. I have wonderful faithful readers that are always looking for ways to teach, enlighten and uplift their children's learning.

    I hope we can work together. Thank you for the great opportunity.
    Heather Johnson
    blog.familyvolley@gmail.com

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  20. I would LOVE to participate in your summer program. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I can do to encourage learning to continue with my children this summer. I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old. I am a former teacher and highly value education. Right now my biggest frustration in life is that my son's first grade teacher has completely failed him. Not only has he not progressed, but I am seeing his reading skills actually digress. I feel a huge amount of pressure to help him over the summer. I want to have some sort of structured school time each day but want it to be fun. I also don't have a lot of extra time to create this all by myself. I would LOVE to try some of your fun activities. I will be printing off the sample Dr. Seuss one and doing it for sure! Thanks!!

    Naiyana Harrison
    jeeps2fun@hotmail.com

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  21. I just stumbled across your blog today and was very intrigued (and extremely excited) about the opportunity you are giving. I looked over the sample...and wow, I am really impressed with all the activities and ideas you have there.

    I am a teacher who (obviously) will be off this summer. My dream is to be a SAHM, but unfortunately we can't afford it so I live out my dream during the summer months. For the last fews months I have been planning the summer for my little ones. I want to give them as many learning opportunities as possible and your program seems to be just the perfect thing for us.
    "Us" is my 5 year old daughter who will be starting Kinder in August. She has attended PreK this past year and absolutely loves learning. She is very smart and desperately needs to be challenged. A program like this would be a perfect fit for her.
    My other daughter will be turning 4 in June and will also greatly benefit from your learning activities. She enjoys activities and I feel like this would really help her academic skills.

    My oldest daughter is 14, and I know she would enjoy helping her sisters in these activities.

    I would appreciate it if you would consider us to be a part of your pilot program. I am willing to provide feedback and post about the activities we do each week.

    wildfirewife317@hotmail.com
    jonesjournal317.blogspot.com

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  22. I love your blog. We've tried lots of the fun projects you post. My kiddos and I would love to be a part of your summer program. I am a mom of 2 sets of twins: 7 year old (boy & girl)and soon to be 3 year old boys.

    My 7 year olds are just finishing 1st grade, are at the top of their class and love to learn, read, craft, play, etc. I have been teaching my little ones at home and they are doing great!!

    While I LOVE having my kids home during the summer, I dread the loss of knowledge and skills that comes with it. I plan fun learning activities for the summer but I love the versatility and adaptability of your program.
    I try to keep our learning activities FUN, so the kids look forward to them and keep that love of learning. Your program seems like a perfect fit. I love the mix of reading, crafts, math, excercise, and more. You fit it all together so well. And it so easily fits kids of all ages.

    I've read the other comments and can't imagine how hard it will be to pick just three. We would love to be one of your pilot families and hope to enjoy this program with you! Thanks for all your fun ideas & projects.

    The Mitchell Family

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  23. I would be absolutly THRILLED to do your summer program. I am a stay at home mom with two little girls. I have a three (almost four) year old who is in an early intervention program through the school district. My other little girl just turned one. I have been looking around and different programs and things that I could do on my own with her when school gets out for the summer but I haven't been able to find anything that looks like it would suit her. Also, I am afraid that I will burn out after a few weeks - BUT if I was held accountable and had to take pictures and report back - that would give me the motivation I need to follow through. I really hope she doesn't regress through the summer. I want to be a fun mommy and do fun things with her but I don't know where to start. Please help a mom out!!!
    -Mariesa

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  24. I wish my grandsons were closer! I would LOVE your program for them!

    Blessings!

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  25. I am so glad I found this. I was thinking the other day about what I wanted to do over the summer with my kids, but really had no idea where to start. I have three kids right now; a 6 year old, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old. I would love a program like this to help me keep up with learning during the summer. My daughter has a very hard time remembering things if we do not work on them everyday. I think this would help her out a lot. And my other kids would love to feel like they are having fun with school as well.

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  26. What an incredible (and generous) idea. I bet you are going to make some stay-at-home parents and their children very happy this summer!!!!

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  27. Oh my gosh, I am amazed by the response from all of you. I agree... I don't know how I'm going to narrow this down to three! And now I'm thinking... did I really extend this to the 22nd? ha ha...

    But, going with my original plan. I'm thinking I may add a forth.

    Thank you all for your interest and sharing a bit about yourselves! Stay posted!!!

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  28. Hi! Your program looks great! :0) I would love to try out your program for multiple reasons:
    1~I love the feeling of being in this "together"... with other people and all of us sharing our feedback. It gives me accountability and it gives all of us suggestions and advice. I love that we are helping you at the same time!
    2~I have been trying to figure out what I will be working on with my kids this summer. I have been gathering various activity books and curriculum books to find things to work on. IT HAS TO BE FUN and this sounds perfect!
    I do have a question though...do we have to start it in May? My son is still in school at that point. Either way, I can start it with my daughter and add my son later. :0)
    I have a 5.5 year old daughter who will be starting Kinder in the fall. I am a SAHM and love my time with her. I think I get a lot of flack for her not being in any preschool this year BUT I am a former teacher and have done lots of things with her but need more direction.
    I also have a son who will be 8 this summer and I want him to continue learning while he is off of school. :0)

    Have a great day!
    I appreciate your generosity and consideration.
    :0)
    ~robin

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  29. My daughter is too young for me to participate, but as an educator this is a wonderful idea. I hope you have lots of parents willing to participate

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  30. I have a 4.5 yr girl and 2.5 yr boy who would love these themed units! I have an MA in education but not in early ed. My daughter is extremely bright for her age so I continually find myself having to find/create new avenues for learning to challenge her in a fun, creative way. My son, well, he's all things kinesthetic right now. :)

    After looking through your sample, I know that my kids would love it! So many parts, from learning sight words to basic math via the egg carton are spot on with where my daughter is developmentally. My husband is half way through working on his PhD and working full time, so the possibility of using this would be such a blessing to our family. The time it takes to create a unit study is lengthy (as you well know). Thus, having pre-made curriculum would just be amazing!

    Thanks again for this opportunity. I would be elated if we were selected. Thank u!
    Amanda

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  31. Hi Rachel,

    I am so happy you are offering this to the world. We need more like YOU! I think we would be a great family to try it out...As you know we are homeschoolers (Joys of Home Educating) and we school year round. I was looking for something to take us thru our Summer weeks where we are a little lighter on school, but something that incorporated different subjects into 1 topic. This sounds exactly what we are looking for!

    If you are familiar with our blog, you know I am always taking pictures, posting sometimes 3 times a day as to what we are doing. I have a 6 1/2 yr old, a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old at home that are all homeschooled. From reading your program it seems that there would be something for everyone tucked in there! What a relief off my plate if we were to get this program...seems you have done all the leg work for us!

    I have your button on my side bar since the 1st time I saw your blog...love your crafts! I link back to you also (see blog post from today even...lol)

    Either way, if it's God's will it will happen! Peace to your night and YOU ROCK!

    Melissa
    http://just-starting-out.blogspot.com/

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  32. I would love to be able to use this wonderful Sun Scholar Summer program! I will be taking care of my two school-aged grandchildren this summer as my daughter is finishing her Education courses this summer in preparation for student teaching next fall. And her husband was just deployed to Iraq with a Reserve Unit out of Kansas. My grandson is in third and has been having concentration issues this year(I think having his father gone is a major disruption for him) and this program would bring fun back into learning and give him a jumpstart on next year! And my granddaughter will be entering Kindergarten next fall. Not only giving her a step up from preschool, this program would help the transition by giving her more confidence. I think mastering skills builds that confidence for all children. They have twin one-year-old brother and sister and since I will only have the older two, it will be our time..a big kid, fun summer of reading and learning!
    I appreciate just the chance to win!
    Thanks, Julie
    (I think I left a comment before, but didn't see it so posted again...I hope that is okay and this isn't a duplicate!)

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  33. hey- i love this concept! i taught elementary school before i had my little ones, so this is something that i would LOVE to do. my oldest will be starting school this fall so i think he'd love to work on these activities.
    -stephanie

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  34. Rachel this really is a great scheme for summer! My two are only 3yrs and 18mths, so I still have a little time. But I love your approach!

    Maggy

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  35. I would love to do this. Looks like so much fun. I'm in, if you'll have me. :-)

    I would definitely share this with my 3 (almost 4) year old and possibly a little with my 5 (almost 6) year old. We love learning together and I think it's so important for them to just keep on learning.

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  36. First of all let me just tell you that I love your blog and use so many of your ideas. My daughter is 4 and will be going to kindergarten next year. My son is 3 and currently in preschool for a couple hours two days a week. I have already begun to try and plan our summer. I have been scouring the internet for ideas of what to do to keep us busy. Starting in June we might also get together with other Moms and kids in the neighborhood to create our own little mini summer camp. My daughter loves to have “homework” and things to keep her busy. She is also very much interested in learning to read. My Mom was a teacher and growing up we had pretend school in our basement each summer. I don’t look back on that as a chore but fun and I am sure it helped keep our minds working during the long summer. I am blessed to have two kids that love to be busy with arts & crafts, file folder games, worksheets and simply exploring. I would love the opportunity to try your program and take pictures and let you know how it is going.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  37. Hi Rachel! I'm Kassandra and my son Nickalaus will be 3 this summer. He will be starting pre-school next year and I think your program would be a great way for him to get used to school. He is very active and loves doing crafts with Momma, so I'm sure he would love this. I would really love to give this a try and I think it would be very beneficial for Nickalaus. Thank you again!

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  38. Happy Dance! Happy Dance! I'm so excited that I came across your blog today! (And you should be happy that you are just reading about my happy dance and not actually SEEING it!). My name is Sara. I have three kiddos ages 5, 4, and 15 months. My five year old is currently in kindergarten. She is our daydreamer and creative guru. She is excelling in school and unfortunately is getting to that point that she is getting bored and lossing interest. So I'm desperately trying to add extra activities to her day to keep her love for learning going. My four year old is currently attending a preschool, but the teacher is moving during the summer. So I will be teaching him at home next year (say a little prayer for me!) in a group with three other moms. He is all about fun! He absorbs so much when he is allowed to interact with an activity. The thing that I loved when I checked out your sample was just there were so many simple activites, that just seem to fit perfectly to my little guy's learning style. We would love to try out your program!!
    skadams80@msn.com

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  39. I wish I had something like this to do in the past. My name is Michelle. I have two children ages 9 and 4 that I homeschool. I love the program we are working with, but I feel it is lacking more hands on activities. This is definately a program that my children would love to do. I am a firm believer that children forget so much of what they learned during the school year in the summer time. But seriously, what child wants to study more multiplication and division facts during the summer! I downloaded your sample curriculum so I will be testing it out next week with my 4 yr. old. I'm sure my 9 yr. old will want to do it too. Thanks for posting this and for the hard work you put into it.

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  40. I would love to try out your program! I am a stay at home mom to an 11 month old and I also have my 5 year old niece with me during the days. My niece starts kindergarten in the fall and she is so excited and loves learning already. We have been working this past year on her writing and some simple reading and it would be great to have a program that we can do on a daily basis. She would love it!

    Thank you for this opportunity!

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  41. It would be wonderful to win your summer program for my two girls, ages 3 and 6. This would be a great way to keep the activities going when school is over, especially with our little one due in June.

    There are many great choices to choose from and I thank you for offering such a great giveaway.
    Karen
    Sippy Cup Central

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  42. Thank you for this opportunity! My name is Heather and I am a SAHM with a wonderful 5 year old daughter, Lily, who will be attending kindergarten in the fall. Lily loves to learn and try new things, from the second she gets out of bed in the morning until she falls asleep at night. We adopted Lily from Kazakhstan when she was an infant. Even as a baby, she loved books and would sit and listen to me read for an hour at a time (seriously, even at 9 months old!). She does art on a daily basis and loves exploring the outdoors. She is a delight and my joy (can't you tell????).

    Your program is exactly what we need this summer. The variety of activities is amazing and the learning opportunities are both fun and enriching. What would be most important to me, however, is that this program would remind me to daily connect with my child with one-on-one time. Time is fleeting, so I relish every moment with her!

    Thanks again.

    P.S. I don't have a blog, but would be willing to start one if you envisioned the winners sharing what they do with your program via blogs (that is how much I want this!!!).

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  43. Hi-
    I am so excited to read about this summer program! We have 3 children, ages 4, 6 and 8. I look forward to spending the summer with them and they love the summer classes we have done at home in the past. It is always a challenge to come up with things to do that each age will enjoy, but I think this program would definitely be an excellent fit for us!
    The sample week you provided was wonderful and it actually made me excited to get the materials together and try it out!
    One thing I think my family could do to create useful feedback for you is in connection with our allergies. For instance, one thing my kids are allergic to is eggs so I would need to modify the Green Eggs and Ham cooking portion of that sample to make it work in my home. I think you would find this kind of feedback valuable and we would LOVE to be in a position to give that to you.
    Thank you for putting together this wondeful program to enhance the summer experience of young minds and I look forward to checking back on your website to find out if my family might be one of the ones you select. Should we be chosen, we would love to participate!
    Thanks Again!
    T Hunter

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  44. Rachel! This sounds fantastic! I appreciate you linking this up in the Making It With Allie party! You may or may not know but I am a single mother of one 4 year old little girl. Recently, as in the last 6 weeks, we ended a very traumatic situation at her montessori pre-school. Long story short, there were (and have been for a couple of years now, I learn after it all went down) a click of mommies associated with the a few of the other kids in the class. These mommies had told their little girls they could play with certain other children in the class and not others. It turned into a VERY bad bullying siutation for several children in the classroom and, I fear, have created a really negative experience of a classroom. In the end, 8 of us left the school, leaving 9 children in the class. I have been working with her at home daily to keep up. As part of the whole situation, I had her tested. When they did a full evalutaion they informed me that I have an extremely advanced and, thankfully, resilient little girl who will need to have some extra challenges to stay occupied... Anyways, I am excited to look into your program and see if you have extended programs I could speak with you about and then purchase. Please feel free to email me if you have some info you can share!
    Allie

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  45. I would LOVE to try this with my 3 year old son. Eventhough he is only 3 he has a huge desire to learn MORE!! I would love to teach him and would love a program to help me do that PLEASE pick me. We would be so grateful!!
    lindagoodrich.217@gmail.com

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  46. Hi Rachel my name is Sarah & I've recently become addicted to your blog!! I am a stay @ home mom to 2 boys. My oldest just turned 7 today & my youngest is 3. My 7 yr old is in 1st grade this year & he has been struggling w/some math & w/reading comprehension. He loves hands on activities & experiments & seems to thrive w/that kind of work. I've been comtemplating home schooling & this would be the perfect opportunity to test the waters! My youngest still has 2 years left @ home so I like to try to incorporate learning w/him whenever I can. I think it is very important for a child to enjoy learning, I think that if they enjoy it they will excel & want to do it! Thanks for this opportunit :)
    Sarah
    sarahm1923@yahoo.com

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  47. Excited to find out tomorrow who will be your lucky winners! 8)

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  48. Me too!!!! I will be going through the list tomorrow evening. It is going to be a tough decision!!

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  49. I would love to be a part of your program, the sample week is awesome. We're going to try it out next week, my kids are going to be trilled. I'm a stay at home mom with a handful of kids that love learning. Their ages are 8, 5,4,2, and a 6 month old, (The two youngest just like to be where the others are.) My oldest is in second grade and wants to know everything. She loves to do homework, unfortunately for her she finishes most of it at school. So she spends her “homework” time teaching my son what she has learned in school that day. My son will be going into kindergarten this fall. He loves to learn and is just soaking up what I or my daughter teaches him. He is reading and loves to do math games, what a blessing my daughter is. My four year old is trying to do what his brother does and be different at the same time. I'm so impressed with my kids but I feel very overwhelmed trying to teach them.

    I love your sample week because of all the activities and things for the kids to learn. We have a “School Time” where I sit with the kids and do activities I find from the computer or workbooks from the store. I really like your sample week for the actual lesson plans (what a good idea!) and because it's stuff I have around the house plus the kids will be so excited to do something different. I love my kids and I know they would love your summer program. So Please Pick Me!! Please!

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  50. This program looks like what I've been searching for! I am a brand new SAHM, quitting my job after baby #2. I so want to make this summer meaningful for my four year old daughter, as she will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. I want to help her to be as prepared for the upcoming year as possible, all while having a great time and making memories together as a family. This summer is unique as I will for the first time be splitting my attention between two children, so a preplanned program would really be a lifesaver! Yours looks great, as you've done all the legwork in advance! Thanks for the opportunity!

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