A few weeks ago, Rachel at Sun Scholars offered me the chance to review her 2012 Sun Scholars program. Man, was I impressed! It is a flexible 12 week program that is fun, but educational at the same it. Weekly, the program encompasses all major subjects – reading, writing, math, art, social studies, science, health, and life skills – with each week focusing on a different theme. Each day includes four 15-minute lessons to complete. One day’s lessons takes no more than 1-1.5 hours. Then if your child is interested in the subject, you can take the time to explore more. Each activity for the day is listed on a printable 1/2 sheet of paper, detailing directions, materials needed, extensions, and adaptations for younger and older children.
The weekly themes are:
- Getting started
- Mail Mania
- Animal Fun
- Mice, Cookies, and More
- The Great Outdoors
- Beach Party
- Secret Agents in Training
- Fun with Fairytales
- Space Explorers
- Back to School
- Hocus Pocus
- Incredible Me
I love how the program incorporates writing using a journal, calendar skills, and creating an address book – all great practical life activities that are then applied. For instance, in week 1, you build an address book. In week 2, the child writes a letter to someone. Later, in week 6, the child creates a letter in a bottle, and uses the address book to write the address on the outside of the bottle.
This same idea of creating a useful finished product that is repeatedly used throughout the program – for the journal, calendar skills, and other aspects of the program. Plus, an illustration of the final product as well as any printables needed are included within each task card!
We decided to explore week 9 – Space Explorers. There were so many great activities in it. I loved that it incorporated math, science, writing, and art all together in the unit!
…. and here’s our finished result of it! (Complements of my cute 4 year old nephew, who participated with us one day!)
You can purchase the full 12 week program on sale now for $30! Believe me, it is WELL worth this value. I am already planning on going back and starting at week 2, Mail Mania, and continuing through the rest of the summer, because Aikman has enjoyed this program so much!
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Leave me a comment below stating why you would be interested in this program. Make sure you include your email address. I will select a winner on May 31 via random.org. This giveaway is open internationally.