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Summer Adventures Right in Your Own Backyard

By Cheri Fuller

What are your kids doing in the hazy, lazy days of summer? Here are some great ways to enjoy the summer with your kids and at the same time provide activities that are enriching and help keep them curious and engaged in learning.

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Although there are many games to choose from, here are a few of the most popular, along with the skills they help improve:

Game Skills Developed
Memory Game Memory and visual discrimination
Chutes and Ladders Counting, discrimination
Connect Four Planning and problem-solving
Scrabble for Juniors Language and vocabulary building
Card games like Crazy Eights, Spades, and Hearts Categorizing, counting, adding, reasoning, calculating probabilities, using memory skills, and developing strategies

When the school year starts again—and it will be here before we know it—if your children do at least one activity a day that combines fun and learning. Research shows that kids who have some at-home learning activities during the summer months (even one a day) don’t lose skills but instead gain skills. Your kids can make progress rather than regressed during those long, hot summer days at home. They’ll be stronger students ready to tackle the challenges of the classroom. Happy summer!

Copyright 2005 Cheri Fuller,, adapted from her book School Starts at Home, part of The School Saavy Kids Series by Navpress/Pinon. Use only by permission of author. If a website wants to carry this column, they must include the cover of this book and a link to purchase it.

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© Cheri Fuller
Cheri Fuller is an international speaker and award-winning author of forty two books including her newest, Mother-Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want With Your Adult Daughter, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional. She has also authored a number of books for moms like: The Mom You're Meant to Be, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional, the bestselling When Mothers Pray, A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer, Connect With Your Grandkids, as well as The One Year Book of Praying Through the Bible. Her books have been translated into many languages and her magazine articles and speaking ministry provide encouragement to moms throughout the U.S. and overseas.

A former Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Cheri has been a frequent guest on "Focus on the Family" and other national radio and TV programs. Her articles on prayer, family, marriage, and children have appeared in Focus on the Family, Family Circle, ParentLife, Guideposts, Today's Christian Woman, Better Homes & Gardens, and other publications.

Cheri's passion is encouraging women, mentoring moms, building families, and inspiring and equipping people to connect with God in their busy life so they can impact their kids and their world through prayer. Her ministry and course called "Parenting From Behind Bars" and gives hope and purpose to mothers in prison. She and her husband Holmes have three grown children, six lively grandchildren and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Her website, includes a blog, articles, free Bible studies, encouragement, and more.


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