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101 Great Things To Do This Summer!
Summer Newsletter Series / #51 –
#60 in This Issue
In this newsletter we bring you ten more ideas for
great things that your family can do this summer.
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#51. Jump Rope
Jumping rope, also called rope skipping, is fun and
good exercise — a great skill for children to
A minimal-time, high-calorie-burning exercise,
jumping rope teaches coordination, balance, and
flexibility and is an all-body workout. Jump ropes
inexpensive, portable, and easy to use.
benefits of rope jumping, length of rope,
techniques, different ways of jumping, etc. See
Jump alone using
or take turns with two other players who turn the rope
Learn new jump rope skills
Chant jump rope rhymes
to count how many jumps are made before
missing. Make up your own rhymes.
of rebounding (jumping on a
similar to that of rope jumping.
Rebounding is a good exercise for your children to
do between classes this fall.
Put the rebounder on your porch for fresh air during
exercise in any weather.
#52. Trace Your Family Tree
In tracing your family tree,
don't get bogged down
by going too far back. Start with just three
generations: your immediate family, grandparents, and
great grandparents on both sides.
Get all the information you can directly from
grandparents. Visit your older relatives and tape
record, then write out, information they can give
you on themselves and as many other relatives as
Birth dates and places (town, county, state)
Places lived, schools attended, places worked
Marriages: dates, places, copy of certificate
Death: dates, places, names of cemeteries, cause of
If any family member has done genealogy research
Contact information for their oldest living
What they know about the family: history and stories
Print an Ancestor
Chart and a Family
Group Record to help organize your information.
Gather old photos from your relatives and select a
few of each family or era and:
Restore any important photos that are badly damaged.
Put photos into a scrapbook.
Scan photos and compose them (along with any slides
or digital photos) into a digital photo
Put photos onto a CD and copy for other relatives.
Picasa is a free
software download from Google that helps you edit
and share photos. You can type a caption
under each photo giving names,
locations, dates, and relation.
#53. Home Repairs
Make a list of what needs to be
repaired around your home. Then prioritize the list
according to damage prevention, money savings,
convenience, and affordability of the project.
As much as possible, involve your children in
planning, preparing, buying
materials, and doing the repairs.
Besides improving your home, learning these life
skills is valuable for your sons and daughters.
A good do-it-yourself manual is well worth the
investment. The New
Fix-It-Yourself Manual by
Reader's Digest shows how to repair and
maintain almost everything around the house.
If you do need to hire a professional, you will be
better informed to make decisions on what is needed.
You can also find a lot of information online.
Always work safely and know when to call in an expert!
#54. Volunteer To Help
Everyone can use a little help for a day, a week,
or one day a week. All you have to do is ask, "What
can I do to help?"
Some opportunities to serve include your church,
support group, rescue mission, retirement homes,
meals on wheels, crisis pregnancy center, animal
shelter, etc. (Working together as a family ensures that
your children are safe.)
Besides serving others, volunteering offers an
to learn new skills and learn about career
#55. Weekly Prayer List
Draw up a weekly prayer list to help your family be
regular and faithful in your ministry of prayer.
Make a vertical column for each member of your
Draw horizontal rows for each day of the week.
Fill in each square with one to three requests.
Include political leaders, issues of concern, your
family's goals, friends, unsaved people, items of
Take turns praying for a different column each week
so that each one in your family has a turn to pray
for everyone on your list every few weeks.
In this way, our family of five, praying for three
requests each for seven days, can cover 105 requests
each week. Even when we miss a day or two, we are
still able to pray for many more people and concerns
than we would be able to without the aid of our
weekly prayer chart.
#56. Short Course
With concentrated daily effort, you can master a lot
of material in a 4-week short course this last month
of summer. Choose from:
Finishing an unfinished subject
Getting a head start on a future subject
Selecting a topic of interest or an elective
A unit study
Working on basics mastery and/or review
"Every little bit helps!"
#57. Read to Someone
Use your gift of reading to bless another.
Find someone older to read to as Jo and Amy in
Little Women read to their elderly aunt.
Read to a child. One of a child's favorite things is
to be read to — and it takes so little time
If you are not able to read in person, tape record
your reading and send it to your grandmother, a
shut-in, or even your little cousin that
lives across the country.
Learn to read expressively and meaningfully:
- select something that is easy to read
- read at an appropriate pace
- group words in natural phrases
- enunciate words clearly
- use appropriate intonations
- try to sound like the person speaking in the
- pre-read your selection while practicing these skills
You can also read together in your own readers'
Don't forget the joy of reading together as a family!
#58. Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton
Learn how to play these games for more outdoor fun
and exercise with family, friends, or church groups.
general information, rules, courts,
skills, glossary, and
and rules for children.
Check out mini-volleyball,
adapted for children 9-13.
See animated basic badminton
Check local park and recreation districts for
available courts, equipment, lessons, etc.
#59. Fix Dad's Favorite Meals
Dad may not be involved in the weekly menu planning and
gratefully eats what is set before him. However, you
might ask him what some of his favorite foods are.
Ask him what his mother used to make that he liked.
Maybe you can even get the recipe from her or a
This can expand your culinary horizons and provide a
tangible link to your family's history.
Looking for a recipe? Try All Recipes and
Homes and Gardens.
#60. Back to School: Your Curriculum
It's time to gather your resources for the coming
school year — right around the calendar corner!
Consider which classes will be taught to more than
one of your children (see last
issue), so you know what materials you need.
Consider using elements from a variety of approaches
including traditional textbooks, worktexts, the
classical approach, the principle approach, unit
studies, books, and life experiences. See
information in Newsletter
Consider using a variety of media to add interest
and motivation for all your children and at the same
time enhance each child's learning according to his
preferred learning style.
Include books, printed materials, videos and DVDs,
supervised Internet studies, computer software,
educational games, tools, and manipulatives.
borrow, or buy any materials needed in
addition to what you already have.
Collect supplemental materials for your family's
library such as reference books, time lines, maps,
globes, math manipulatives, educational games, and