This marks the first week of summer in our household. As one of the latest school districts, I think it is safe to say that all of us have kids’ full time and a summer full of days to fill. It is really an amazing feeling of excitement, but do any of you also feel like…”Whoa, what are we going to do all day, every day for the next two months?”
Will my kids build even bigger and better worlds in Minecraft? It makes me feel a little guilty when I see the amount of energy they pour into their video worlds. What we need is a plan. That is why I am writing to you today.
Here is a lesson plan for battling the summer slide, and savoring some amazing moments with the kiddos. Last year we turned to the Book of Lists. This year…
The Sticky Summer Splash
Sticky Notes (a few different colors)
Jar or container
1. Choose your categories. You can organize it however you would like. Ours has 5 categories, each on a different color sticky.
Some other potential categories might be “fun, projects, service, chores…” (My husband likes to further arrange these activities into half day and full day, depending on what kind of time we have.)
Choose categories and colors and place them together on the chart (poster board) for reference.
After setting up the chart and developing the categories, I asked each one of my kids to write at least 3 ideas for each category and stick them on the board. And there you have it, a plan for the summer.
But wait…there’s more. After accomplishing the sticky activities, you can take it a step further to generate writing practice by making a Sticky Summer journal.
4. Put those “finished” sticky notes in a jar or container.
5. Set aside a little writing time, pull out a note and stick it on a page in the composition notebook, and….you guessed it, write about the activity!
The Sticky Summer journal of 2013 will last longer than any world in Minecraft ever could.
How do you plan to keep your kids sharp this summer?