Working hard and having fun in 2B!
Please let me say again what a privilege and honor it has been to have your students in my class this year. They have been a joy to get to know, and to teach. They have taught ME so much, and I wish you all a wonderful and restful summer!
Below you'll find some fun ideas for keeping the kiddos sharp and their minds engaged this summer so they can hit the ground running in August! :)
I will send out some pictures from the last week soon, I've got to get everything uploaded! :)
God Bless you and your families,
Audiobooks and read alouds are great options, especially for long road trips! Years ago we got through most of The Hobbit on a road trip to Chicago! One of our favorite audiobook series is kinda silly, but it's Hank the Cowdog - they're read by the author and he has the best voice!
Another thing to try is to read the same book as your child, and then talk about it. This works really well for those great readers! They get a big kick out of it, and it makes for interesting car ride and dinner table conversation! You can buddy-read too, taking turns reading a paragraph of a favorite book.
One thing that always worked well for my own kids (and me!) was that during summer we still had a bedtime, but there was no "lights out" time! ;) Kids love staying up late... and why not in the summer?!
Magazines and short stories are also good options for many students.
A great incentive is the Arlington Library Summer Reading Program!!! YOU can participate too - they have an adult log! What a great way to show your kids how awesome reading is! If you'd like some book suggestions, just let me know - or ask your librarian! They're awesome!
Half Price Books is having their annual 20% off sale this weekend too. They also have a summer reading club, and you can earn book points! Woot-woot!
I promised the students I would send along the Genius Hour Booklet! Any student who completes the booklet and a poster or powerpoint is welcome to ask a parent to send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond!! :)
Speaking of games, there are so many great board games that build number sense and math skills. Yahtzee, Battleship, Racko, Monopoly, Equate.... just to name a few examples! Board games between siblings can keep kids happy and learning too!! When I was young I played a solitaire card game to learn my math facts to 10, and I still play it to this day! (I couldn't find the name of it online. It's sort of like block ten, but not quite.)
Math is such an integral part of our everyday life, you can discuss anything from grocery prices to ticket prices to bills with your students! :)
Legos and other building toys (or even a box of clothespins and popsicle sticks) are great toys to develop skills useful in science (and math)!! :)
There are lots of cool places to see in town too, from the Zoo to the Science Museum and Perot.
As you travel this summer, you can find local Masses for the entire United States at this website! :) If you're traveling abroad (lucky duck) check with the local Diocese.