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Summer Curriculum for Toddlers

I count about 9 week, including this week, before August.  My 2-year old (26 months) toddler attending a Montessori school 3 days a week and summer session started this week.  This inspired me to create a Summer Curriculum and see just how much we could accomplish this summer.  I love lists and charts!  I created a list of my summer goals for B and places for us to visit.  I also created a chart for weekly shelf work activities and weekly goals.

Do you have summer goals for your kids or yourself?  Read a certain number of books?  Learn to swim?  Camps?  Tutoring?  Below are some pictures of my goal sheets, shelf work, and art projects for this week.  Our theme this week is Ocean/Water.  We picked out ocean books from the library, made ocean bags (plastic bag filled with corn syrup, pipe cleaner fish, and other colorful objects), and made waves by rolling marbles through paint in a box.  I also copied my list of goals for my 2-year old, places to visit, theme for the weeks, and art projects.  Enjoy!

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Summer Goals for Boaz

–   Potty Trained

–   Count to 20

–   Practice writing

–   Build vocabulary

–   Join book club at library

–   Attend weekly bible school

–   Start geography and science

–   Make nature table

–   Weekly art projects

–   Get ready for baby










Places to Visit


–   Lazy 5 Ranch M-Sat 9-1hr before sunset and Sunday 1 –“”

–   Transportation Museum – Tue – Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5

–   NASCAR Hall of Fame – 10-6 everyday

–   River Jam @ Whitewater Thurs and Sat 7-10

–   Hiking/biking in mountains

–   Ride lightrail

Summer Themes

–   Ocean/Water, Farms, Transportation, Babies, World, Weather, Insects, Food, July 4th














Art Projects

–   Painting w/food

–   Paint w/marbles

–   Paint w/q-tips

–   Make flag – glues parts together

–   Night and Day Sheet – sticker for moon, sun, clouds, stars

–   4 Seasons sheet

–   Story stones


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Book Review: The Happiness Project

I just finished reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.  Anyone else read it?  I’m really interested to hear what other people think!

I liked it but there was something missing.  I’m glad I read it and I recommend it to everyone.  But…  I must admit that I skimmed that last three chapters.  By that point in the book, I understood her message and didn’t feel like I was reading anything new.

Gretchen is obviously Ms. Super-Smarty-Pants.  She clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for gosh sakes.  She is clearly well-read and clearly way smarter than me.  I definitely felt intellectually inferior; however, I’m sure this was not her intention.  In fact, I think she tried very hard to sound causal about her very serious research project.  Anyone who links “happiness” with “project”, however, is not causal about anything.  In that way, I felt like we were kindred spirits.  Heck, I read her book about how to be happy.

The book has some really great ideas about doing what makes you happy.  You first need to figure out what makes you happy.  You then need a process to actually do it.  Gretchen used a resolution chart method.  She made several resolutions each month geared towards one overall goal, such as money, career, or attitude.  One goal for each month.  Each day she marked down whether she had, in fact, followed her resolutions.  Seems simple but I tried it for a few days and fell off the wagon pretty quickly.  The book was inspiring enough for me to keep trying her method and many of her suggestions about what made her happy.  Just read it.  You’ll enjoy it.

Gretchen also has a pretty cool blog (  Naturally.