End of Summer School Celebration Day!

school's out logo

So we got here; we are all still happy, alive and I truly think better off for having embarked on yet another year of summer school. I think the majority of folks are floored when I go through my curriculum with them and lay out what Tracy Summer School looks like. However, for us, it works. In fact, it works really well. I find, for me personally, that it’s too easy to get distracted when at home with all three of them-there’s always bills to pay, errands to run, calls to make. And they are SO good at keeping each other busy and playing that I often don’t even hear from that. Yes, you heard me right. So then WHY people ask, would you not just let them do their own thing all summer long? Honestly, I miss them. They are at school during the year, in sports now and have super awesome social lives.  On the weekends, we are one busy family. If summer escaped me and I hadn’t spent any really quality time with them, it would make me sad. I know, I know. Sap. But it’s true, in no time, they will be off on their own life journeys and the last thing they are going to want to do is summer school with mom :P AAANND, right now, they LOVE school. They LOVE to learn. So why not capitalize on that feeling RIGHT NOW! So that’s it in a nutshell. Yes, it is a ton of work to prepare. Yes, there are moments when I’m not at my best during the month of school. But no, I wouldn’t change the time we have together during school for anything.

And what does every end of school moment deserve? A celebration! So off we went to our local amusement park, Cliffs for the day! And we had some serious fun. My oldest even rode (twice!) the fastest, largest roller coaster in New Mexico (not that that’s saying a whole lot but I do think it’s one of the top 10 fastest in the world). And boy was he proud of himself!



photo-125But of course, it’s the beginning of monsoon season here in NM so we ended out day like this. Good thing we were done anyway-lol! The boys did have a BLAST running through this to the car.


I’m already excited for next year’s Summer School!! Woo-hoo!


Z for Zookeeper!

z is for zookeepersWell folks, this is it-the final lesson of Summer School 2013!  Last year we did Z for Zoo so this year I wanted to concentrate a bit more on a Zookeeper’s role.

After morning circle, we read Z is for Zookeeper (Smith), a similar book to A is for Art History. Can be a quick read or you can read the side passages on each page if time allows. As always, beautiful pictures!

Z for Zookeeper Book

Then it was time for worksheets so we could head out to the zoo!

Z for Zoo Worksheets 1


I was able to find a great Zookeeper packet on TPT and as it serviced two age groups, it was well worth the $5 download price (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Zoo-Animal-Inquiry-Pack-246999).

Z for Zookeeper Worksheets 2


Z for Zookeeper Lucas Worksheets

We rushed in a quick snack of animal crackers (Barbara’s bakery makes YUMMY organic animal crackers in assorted flavors).

If we had allocated more time for snack-here is a photo roundup of some amazing ZOO snack ideas I would have loved to create.

Z for Zookeeper Snack CollageAnd if we had time for some crafts, these would have been some simple but colorful ideas!

Z for Zookeeper Art Ideas Collage

We headed off to the zoo after snack with a packed lunch, tons of energy and a desire to see every animal possible! :)







The Zoo never ceases to amaze me!


Y for YES Day!

Y is for Yes Day

Well, the title of this post pretty much speaks for itself! An old friend of mine had a YES Day! with her crew and I thought, what a wonderful idea. I feel like all I do is say No, so this seemed like such a fun idea. There were some ground rules, of course. :) […]

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W and X are for World Geography and eXplorers!

W and X Page

My goal for this lesson was to expose them a bit more to the continents, some major countries and a couple famous world explorers. Similar to art history, I really feel like with the exception of Christopher Columbus, they are not too familiar with any famous explorers. We also wanted to fit in the Titanic […]

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V is for Vowels!

V for Vowel Game Board

So I have to be honest, I was at a loss when trying to come up wit a V this year so when I thought of Vowels, well I just kind of settled. And then, as lesson day approached, I became nervous. I would be introducing the concept to B as a to-be kindergartner but […]

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U for USA!!

U is for the USA

It turned out SO perfectly that U for USA fell on the Monday of 4th of July week. What a perfect week to review our states and symbols! I printed out a pledge of allegiance sheet (http://homeschoolcreations.com/files/Pledge_of_Allegiance.pdf) just to be sure they all knew what the exact words were considering we were going to say […]

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T is for Tools!

T is for Tools

T for Tools was another category that came to mind right away when brainstorming Letters and matching themes. Again, I wanted the boys to have a bit of exposure to utilizing various tools and building something all by themselves. It had been a bit of time since we had gone to a wood shop or […]

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S is for Sewing!

S is for Sewing Sock Animals Collage

One of the goals when I started creating Tracy summer school last year was to expose the boys to varied skill sets. I had found tons of great camps but they were purely concentrated on one category: i.e. sports, science, etc. I wanted the boys to spend their time learning all about various topics to […]

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Q is for AlbuQuerQue!

Q is for Albuquerque

I’ve been looking forward to this day and the fun we’ll have exploring our city! We started off with circle and made sure to say the New Mexico pledge nice and loud after the regular pledge of allegiance!  I salute the flag of the state of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among […]

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N is for Numbers!


10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….time for school! Making this unit a bit challenging for the olders was, well, a challenge-lol! I didn’t want it to be just a basic refresher. I thought we would touch on place values, ordinal vs. cardinal numbers, and even numbers in Spanish! We started off […]

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