Monday, August 1, 2011

ABC Back to School Countdown Activities

Lately, I have been focused on playing with my kids. I mean, really being in the moment and pretending I'm one of them. When they want me to catch fireflies with them, I run and chase and forget all other worries. We have contests to see who can catch the most. 

Sometimes it feels like their childhoods are going by so quickly. I love them being so little. All they ever want is for me to be with them and play with them. I wish it was always possible. There have been days this summer where I had so much to get done, that I felt like I didn't do one fun thing with them. I hate being frustrated like that. Things in the house go haywire if I'm not prepared.

My oldest daughter starts kindergarten in just a few weeks! Instead of hyperventilating, (because summer is almost over and there are still so many thing we haven't done together), I decided to make a little ABC Back to School Countdown. We came up with a lot of these activities together, and the idea is for us to do one thing a day until school starts. 

In addition to fun activities, I also wanted to study a little bit each day and review the letters in upper and lower case. She knows them all very well, but it wouldn't hurt to do a little review and use them each in a word. As we study each letter, we will be constructing an ABC banner to hang in our orange and white playroom. My darling friend let me use her Cricut to cut out all these letters (oh how I would love one of those machines). I'm so excited to finish this project with my kids!



Feel free to play along, and use any of the ideas we came up with. If some of these don't apply to you, of course there are lots of other things you could do. One of my goals was to do things that are free or cheap, and for the most part require a little outing, or at least getting us out of the house.

(I know this isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen. I'm trying to learn a little bit about digi-scrap as I go).

I'll be posting pictures of some of our adventures as they happen. Also, I have no problem rearranging the letters, and doing activities a little out of order. We might have to alter the order of the alphabet a little, to fit into our schedule.

Good luck to everyone else out there getting ready for school!

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17 comments:

  1. Very cute idea, what a fun mom! Your blog is really growing. I have been thinking about starting a blog and you are an inspiration.

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  2. I love that idea Rachel. Time does fly. That is an idea for "f" stop time from Flying!!!

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  3. What a cute idea! I love all the things you wanna do together! That abc banner will look so cute in your playroom!

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  4. I love this idea...how precious! I tryuly agree, not enough summer days with our little ones...they DO grow up too fast!
    Good for you sharing wonderful moments with her!

    Dropped by from Tater Tots and Jello!
    hugs

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  5. How fun. I want a cricut to!! I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your project and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  6. Great idea! I can totally relate to this post

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  7. As a Kindergarten teacher, learning/reviewing letters & numbers out of order is great! It helps them to recognize the letter and not have to always sing the ABC's to figure it out! You are making it fun and that is how she will continue to learn! Let me know if you ever need a helping had/friend on our adventures!

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  8. What a fun idea! I especially love the flour fight!!! :-) I have a cute printable countdown for you to use too! You can see it here...

    http://happyhomefairy.com/2011/08/01/back-to-school-countdown/

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  9. Summer goes by much to fast, my kids and I had a summer bucket list but I didn't think of correlating with letters. Great idea!
    www.crafty-couple.blogspot.com

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  10. Aw man - our school just started this week and my kids would have LOVED this. I'm saving it for later! GREAT!

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  11. Hopped over from iheartnaptime. Nice idea, I am going to use this and change some to fit my family as I have a teen and a preschooler. I pinned it.

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  12. I absolutely love this!! We've been doing a summer fun list, but I want to do a 10 day countdown to school. You've given me a lot of great ideas;) thanks so much for linking up

    newfollower;)

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  13. This is great! As an educator and mom of a little one just strating Kindergarten this fall - this would be exciting to do together! :)

    Would love for you to share on my weekly cild centered linky party - The Sunday Showcase - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/2011/08/sunday-showcase-child-centered-fun.html

    Hope to see you there! This is a fab idea!

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  14. How cute! We LOVE your blog! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    Love,
    The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

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  15. Very cute list- Good luck saying Yes all day! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

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  16. What a super way to count down the days before school!!! I loved this post so much I am featuring it at this week's For the Kids link party at Sun Scholars!

    Thanks so much for linking up! Stop by, grab your "A++" button to stick on your blog, and share some more of your fun ideas with us. Thanks for sharing at http://SunScholars.blogspot.com!

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♥Rach H