Sunday, June 5, 2011
School in the Summer
No, I'm not going to suggest we have year round school! I'm talking about keeping our children's skills current over the summer. I have NOT done this well in the past. We always go to the library and check out books to read. I read with my son almost every night. The summer after K4, I didn't work on much with him. That was a mistake for him. He needed the reminder of what the letters looked like, how to hold his pencil, etc. After K5, I did a little more with him. But I didn't have anything structured. I mean I didn't want to have him 'doing school' all summer long. This year, I think I've struck a balance. My friend Joy suggested a journal. (THANK YOU!) So I printed off lots of the special large lined paper that he has at school, placed it in a three ring notebook, and used my handy dandy Silhouette to cut some vinyl on the front saying "Summer Journal". I showed it to him and he loved it! Our 'deal' is that he does one page, and then he can draw on the back of the page. Each day I give him a couple of options; capital alphabet, lower case alphabet, numbers, or two sentences. Even though we've only had two weeks of summer, it's really working well. He has even ASKED to write in it! I usually have him practice piano at the same sitting since he's already focused. I look over the work and have him correct any major mistakes but I try not to criticize what he's done or the sentences he's worked on! Hope this helps!