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With summer upon us, that usually means that school is finished and brains take a break, but it can also mean that boredom is also coming. After about a week of no school, my crew usually start needing some more organized play time or at least some gentle guidance on some fun things to do. And while I would much rather my kiddos be outside running and playing, down here in the South, sometimes it’s just too hot to be outside unless your in the water. So for these times, I like to have some resources on hand for them to listen to, read, or watch that will be entertaining as well as educational and Biblically sound. Have fun and learn-it’s the best of both world!
Here is a list of books, audio adventures, and movies that we absolutely love.
Audio Adventures (Dramatized stories on cd or mp3)
- Adventures in Odyssey-fun stories, history adventures, and stories from Scripture that point children of all ages to God.
- Jonathan Park (our favorite-mystery, adventure and a ton of scientific proof for creation)
- The Brinkman Adventures-stories of real missionaries mixed with adventures of a modern day family.
- Christian Heroes Then and Now
- The Tanglewood’s Secret, Star of Light, and Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
- In Grandma’s Attic
- Missionary Stories with the Millers
- The Mandie Books
- Kingdom Tales (our absolute favorite read-aloud)
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- Mandie and the Secret Tunnel; Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure
- Jericho The Promise Fulfilled– Biblical videos made with Legos!
- The Lost Medallion
- The Torchlighters Series
And of course, don’t forget to plan for some reading and fun this summer. I absolutely love my time blocking weekly planner inserts from Chaotic Blessing! I am getting so much more accomplished each day by planning it during specific timeframes instead of just making a to-do list. Check out all her amazing, functional yet pretty planner items.
And if you want to see more about how I plan my days, why each of these are on our resource list, or just want some more info on each of these, check out my video on periscope where I discuss all of these resources more in-depth.
What are your plans for keeping your kiddos (and yourself) entertained and educated during summer? Share your resources below so we can expand our horizons even more!