Guest Mom Blog: “How I Plan to Balance Learning and Fun this Summer!”
It’s been a great year of Kindergarten for my little guy. He learned how to raise his hand at school, how to write every alphabet letter, and how to start sounding out words and recognize a few! It’s been exciting to watch his growth, especially as a long-time Lindamood-Bell instructor—I’m happy to be sharing spelling tips and high fives with my own kid!
Now that the school year is drawing to a close, I find myself thinking about summer differently than years past. Sure, I want us to have lots of fun—making memories and checking local adventures off the bucket list—but I also don’t want to lose the momentum of his blooming reading skills and his EXCITEMENT about reading. By the end of the school year, his favorite activity was working towards his goal for the Read-A-Thon. I for sure don’t want READING to start to feel like WORK vs. all the “fun” stuff. We decided mornings will include reading from a book, sight word practice, and sentence writing practice. Every afternoon will be our out-of-the-house learning (fun!): the beach, the zoo, the natural history museum, the park, etc. By the end of August, I know we will both feel even better about starting first grade, having worked on his emerging skills every day, including his sand castle building skills. Happy Summer! Kim Z., Mom and Lindamood-Bell Instructor