Can you believe it is day 177? We have 4 days left. I am sure you are a little happy to have a break from the day to day routine of a school year. I know I am excited to have no agenda at least for a few days. I am also sure you are thinking how can you fill time in the summer without your child falling behind. This is always tricky. Did you know that the average student regresses almost 2 full levels in reading over the summer? Yikes, that is a little scary! As a mother, I try to find time for my girls to have a “Technology Free” time sometime during the day during the summer, EVERY DAY! This is when we have no electronics, no tv, no music going in my house. Do they have to read… maybe when they were little it was required but now it is just a time for them to be creative. They can read, draw, write, go outside, pull weeds…. anything that unplugs their brains from the crazy would of social media. I encourage you to do the same. Oh, I almost forgot, they cannot come “visit” with me during technology free time either. Of course, I do love chatting with my girls, but sometimes, they only want to talk to me when I want to enjoy the quiet. So, they tell me what they plan to do and then they go do it. I don’t want to then have to entertain them because they have no technology. And I will be honest with you, this sounds easy, but it isn’t really. They don’t know what to do with 45 minutes of quiet! You need to be tough in the beginning or it might just fall apart. Know this. Every single day of this school year, for 55 minutes we have Daily Five. Daily Five is almost like Technology free time. They do have a computer once every other day to do RAZ kids but other than that they are reading, writing, or working with words. So this isn’t necessarily something completely new to them. So, if you are brave, I encourage you to set a block of quiet time in your house over the summer. Then let me know how it goes.
Now that you had to read all that, I just wanted to thank you for an amazing school year. We’ve laughed, we’ve played, we’ve learned. Thank you for supporting me as a teacher. Your kind words means the world to me and I will forever cherish your appreciation for my craft. I love being your child’s teacher.
Finally, tomorrow students will begin bringing home some of their supplies. Please take time to look through their journals to see their amazing growth. It is so fun to see what they’ve done throughout the school year.
Thanks a million!