There’s a major slide in kids’ learning over the summer months. It just happens. I always have grand ideas in June that I’ll incorporate informal learning into our summer. Of course it will result in my kids reaching genius status. Then the summer is really here and to an extent I do incorporate fun and informal learning… but not enough.
Now it’s August and while my almost 2nd grader has been reading here and there this summer, it hasn’t been much. I’ve been even more slack with my preschooler. That ends now. No, I’m not starting a home school mini-session prior to school, but we went to the library and my oldest agreed he should read more often to get ready for school. I think we checked out every children’s book about sharks, snakes, frogs, fish and reptiles in general. (My kids really like nonfiction. It surprises me.)
Yes, I made the August to do list and we're working on it, but I wanted to do more. I stumbled on this blog as the inspiration for my own balloon wreath. I was just perusing the posts and saw that she’s been doing an ABCs of Summer series with her kids. (Oh, this made me feel like a serious slacker mom. Instead of dwelling on it, I’m taking action.) I quickly
counted on my fingers did
the math and there are EXACTLY 26 days before the start of school for us. Oh, sometimes I get lucky! There will be no
slacking on the weekends or taking a day off around here! (I’ve typed it; now I have to do it. Thank
you blog-world for making me accountable.)
Wait, there may be slacking in the actual activity department, but I
WILL have a letter day each day. I WILL. This is NOT going to be like a diet or fitness plan that never works.
(Who am I trying to convince?! You or me?!)
Here it is. I now proclaim it to be Letter A Day. It really is. It’s currently after midnight (12:11am) and “A” can stand for Astute observations from the sleep deprived. I’ll run that by the kids when they wake
Agenda for A day: (See what I did there? Impressive, I know. I’ve totally embraced this now.)
- abc puzzle- Gotta start somewhere!
- Airplane lego building
- Address memorizing- Do they know it?!
- Eating “A” foods- asparagus (and they're going to like it), apples
- Call our Aunts
- “A” scavenger hunt- How many A’s are around our house? How many objects can you find that start with A?
- Arm Yourself! Nerf Gun Battle
- Annoy, Antagonize, and Aggravate your brother (Really, it's inevitable.)
Ready for letter B? Go here.
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