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5 Valuable Resources for Tweens (and Their Parents!)

Going into last week, I had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was entering a growth opportunity for myself, but instead I found many more resources to help grow my daughters into the young women God intends them to be. For two hours a day, I entered into the world of the "tween." Since Rapunzel turned eight, I've been slowly seeking out resources that would help her grow as a Christian, but it's been difficult to find Christian music, tv, and books that compare to what Disney and Nickelodeon have to offer for that age group.…

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Summer Rules: Aiming for a Meaningful Summer

Do you make your kids work of over summer break? I do. But it's not what you think. I'm not breaking any child labor laws--don't worry. :) What I'm talking about is not making my kids earn an extra buck here and there (although they do like to do that at Grandma's house!). Instead, it's about teaching them the value of hard work, avoiding summer learning loss, and teaching them that it's not okay to be lazy. I usually have to go round after them doing everything again as they're not as thorough as I like to be, for example…

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Avoid the Summer Slide: Review Packets Worth Investing In – Part 2

If you've been a loyal follower for a while, you have probably had the opportunity to check out my post from last summer entitled Avoid the Summer Slide: Review Packets Worth Investing In.  Just to review, I emphasized the importance of avoiding the "summer slide"--the loss in knowledge that occurs over summer break due to lack of continued review and stimulation.  Because of that, we spend so much more time in school reviewing concepts when we could be moving forward.  Here at Making the Most, we try to keep the summer slide at bay by investing in some inexpensive review packets…

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65 (FUN!) Summer Activities for Kids

Welcome to Work-in-Progress Wednesday. I'll be your Summer Activities Consultant for today. When I say "Summer Activities Consultant," that's what I feel like. Granted, that job isn't necessarily full time. I've spent some time here and there over the past few months trying to figure out how I'm going to keep the kids busy over the summer like an American whitewater expedition or something alike, and I think (at least for now!) I have a pretty good handle on how things are going to go. We are looking to sort out piano lessons soon too, as we've heard there are…

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Super Summer (2015) Calendar! Finished Product & FREE PRINTABLE!

Well I'm SO excited today to be finished with my summer calendar!  I really wanted to post it last week but after my step daughter found out about some new information about the fall soccer season, I had to move a lot of things around.  I hope you agree that the final product looks much better than the Work-in-Progress version! I have also included the blank versions of each month's page, so you can use this cute FREE PRINTABLE for your summer calendar as well!  Click here for the PDF version of the blank pages. Once again, this summer we are…

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