Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hello Again and Summer Journals for Kids

Hi there, it has been a very long time since I posted last, almost two months!!!  I hope this finds all of you well and enjoying your summer.  We have been really busy here with the end of the school year and getting started with our summer fun.  I have to say I haven't really been crafting that much but I do have quite a few projects that I have done but just haven't had the time to post.  This year our summer is especially busy because my daughter started swim team for the first time, and that is an almost everyday  activity until the end of July.  She is really loving it and I think it is great for her self-esteem so it is not so much of a burden in those respects.

Well on to introducing a project.  My daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall and I wanted her to have some summer learning opportunities so that she would be ready for school in the fall.  I had heard from a friend that her children had to keep journals in Kindergarten, so I thought that would be a fun idea.  So here is what I created:

This book was really easy to make, only took about 15 minutes total.  First I found this great school lined paper on the internet and printed about 50 pages front and back.  Then I took some cereal box cardboard and cut it to 8.75 x 11.25.  I used some of my scrapbooking paper to to cover both sides of the front and back covers.  I then used my Bind-it-All to bind the journal.  Next I used my Silhouette to cut the cover title and adhered it to the cover.  Last I used a bunch of my scrap ribbon to add some fun embellishment to the binding.  

The way we use the journal, is almost everyday I ask her a simple question.  Example:  What is your favorite sport?  The when she tells me, I write the answer in sentence form on the first line.  I have her then draw a picture of whatever it is and copy the sentence on the remaining three lines.  I figure this gets her writing, spelling, and sort of reading all at the same time with some fun art thrown in there.

Now my 5 year old has a 3 year old sister, and as those of you with two kiddos know, the younger one always has to have and do the same thing as the older one.  So I made the little one a miniature version for her to do art projects in.

Well that is all I have for you today.  I hope to get back on a regular posting schedule soon.  Hope you keep enjoying your summer.