Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Summer Countdown {Review}

Amy Puetz from Golden Prairie Press sent us Summer Countdown Ebook designed for ages 6-14 to review. You can purchase it in a physical book as well.

First Thoughts
We have reviewed both Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History from Golden Prairie Press and Countdown to Thanksgiving and we've even been blessed to be one of Amy's test families for new curriculum, so we were excited when Amy offered us Summer Countdown to review!

What it is all About
Summer Countdown is a countdown to 5 separate summer holidays: Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father's Day, and Independence Day. The countdown for Independence Day is 2 weeks long and all of the other holidays are for 3 days. Each day contains lesson building stories (almost all of them were written in the 1800s and early 1900s) and an activity. The activities include: games, crafts, quotes, music, biographies, poems, games, crafts, writing, cooking, quizzes, songs, and more.
  • The countdown to Mother’s Day includes: stories, quotes, games, card making, and a quiz.
  • The countdown to Memorial Day includes: stories, quotes, a family history interview, poems, and quiz.
  • The countdown to Flag Day includes: stories, crafts, and songs.
  • The countdown to Father’s Day includes: a poem, father interview, card making, letter, Bible story, quote, and quiz.
  • The countdown to Independence Day includes: stories, games, biographies, songs, crafts, cooking, quotes, game, and quizzes. 
Craft from Countdown to Memorial Day

Time Frame
Summer Countdown has daily lessons that take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes (sometimes longer with some activities). There are a total of 26 days worth of activities.

Biography Snapshot from Countdown to Independence Day

Additional Materials Required
basic supplies
computer and printer for printing stories and activities
supplies for individual activities vary (we'd recommend deciding what you'll need for each individual countdown before the countdown starts, so that you have materials prepared and on hand.

Quote from Countdown to Mother's Day

Our Plan
Our family is anxiously looking forward to summer. We have just 4 more weeks of school left until we ease into long, summer days. Every summer we make a bucket list of things we just don't want to miss out on. This year will be adding the Summer Countdown to our list of things to do.

In the afternoons, when the boys are down for naps and the heat of the day is upon us, we will work on our countdowns to each holiday.

I always love the stories and the girls especially enjoy listening to them. I find it interesting that they always pick different ones that are their favorites. So I can't wait to read these summer holiday stories to the kids and find out which are their favorites.

Recipe from Countdown to Independence Day

Sale Price
Right now through May 2 you can purchase Summer Countdown for 26% off.

The Series
Amy Puetz also offers an entire Countdown series. The collection includes: Countdown to Easter, Countdown to Christmas and Countdown to Thanksgiving.

I received a free copy of Summer Countdown from Amy Puetz/Golden Prairie Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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