June 10, 2010

Queen of the Castle: Week 23

For those of you playing along...(if you've just joined us you can get caught up a bit here) we are on week 23 of the book Queen of the Castle: 52 weeks of encouragement for the uninspired, domestically challenged or just plain tired homemaker.

Chapter 23 is titled "School's Out!". Lynn (the author) give you some great ideas to celebrate the end of the school year. Special gifts, a special treat out, or any number of things are great ideas to mark the end of the school year. Whether your kiddos attend school outside of the home or inside of the home an end of year treat is fun and memorable. We used to mark the end of the school year by going to Krispy Kreme with our report cards and get free donuts. That was until the Krispy Kreme shop closed down. This year we just picked some up at the store. Still yummy but not as fun. We're trying to find something else to encourage and cheer the kiddos on with.

Lynne talks a lot about kiddos going to school and ideas for summertime fun such as visiting parks, mini field trips, playing games, etc. Funny that for us we do a lot of the fun things she's listed all year round because we home school. Just saying. ; )

If you are hard-pressed to find something fun with your kiddos this summer here are a few ideas of hers and mine:

*Learn a new game
*Teach your kiddos how to cook
*Make a craft together
*Pick flowers and press them
*Make one night a week game, puzzle, or movie night
*Start a prayer journal with the kiddos (Write down requests and note the answers. At the end of summer, you'll have a tangible record of God's faithfulness.)

Let's not forget the following verse as we move busily (or lazily) about our summer business.
"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3

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