Golden Prairies Press means history at it’s finest. There’s always cooking, crafting, quizzes, and plenty of games to play. More importantly, there’s an emphasis on storytelling. My children love to learn through stories, and we’ve enjoyed both the Heroes and Heroines of the Past and Countdown to Thanksgiving curricula. So, when we received the opportunity to review, Amy Puetz’s newest release, Countdown to Summer, I knew that we were going to want to experience it too!
Countdown to Summer contains countdowns to five holidays that occur during the summer. These are:
- Mother’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Father’s Day
- Independence Day
There are three days devoted to each of the first four holidays. However, Independence Day has a full two week countdown of activities. In these special countdowns, each day contains a charming story from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Then, there’s an activity that can be done as a family. Sometimes it’s making pop-up cardstock stars, sometimes it’s singing a song, and sometimes it’s decorating cards. No matter what the activity is, in most cases you can be through in an hour.
Since we school year-round, we’ll simply be adding this to our school schedule as special history time for these holidays, but even if you’re not doing school, these stories and activities have a timeless appeal that will make the holidays special for you and your children. My eight and ten year old really love the stories and activities, and even though my preschoolers often can’t sit for the stories, they absorb a lot from what they do hear and they enthusiastically join in the activities with their older siblings.
The stories and activities are easy to add-in, and can quickly become a holiday tradition that you and your children look forward too. These stories and activities are exactly the good Christian influences you want your children to be exposed to, and they will build family memories and traditions that you and children both can look forward to each year!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own.