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SUMMER ACTIVITIES, READING AND WRITING - MAKING THE CONNECTIOM

June 2, 2014

SUMMER ACTIVITIES, READING AND WRITING - MAKING THE CONNECTION
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Linda M. Penn

Congratulations! You and your kiddos have made it through another school year  (unless the weary winter weather still has you in class)!  Now it is time for some relaxation - well, sort of...

As you try to shuttle the children around this summer in the hope you don’t hear those two stress-inducing words, “I’M BORED,” please allow your kids to purchase or make their own journal.  Not just a plain spiral notebook (too much like real school!), but something with a cutesy cover and blank pages.  No big bunch of rules of what to enter - just one rule!  Enter things about fun or interesting activities - POSITIVE THINGS!  

Encourage them to enter words or pictures or both whenever they want, but hopefully, at least 3-4 times a week.  Then when Grandma calls and asks them, “What have you been doing?” they will have something to talk about, instead of the regular answer of “Nothing.”

You might want to attach these question words to the journal to stimulate entries:
Who?  Where?  When?  Why?  What?  How?

I would also recommend your very own “Summer Reading and Writing Club”, where inexpensive or no cost rewards can be earned throughout the summer.  EXAMPLES: 
  1. 30 minute Mom and Me Time
  2. 30 minute Dad and Me Time
  3. Walk in a park
  4. Trip to a playground
  5. A home built “tent” (remember when you pushed two chairs together and covered them with a blanket or quilt, bringing in your most treasured toys and books?)
  6. Trip for an ice cream cone
  7. Make homemade jello or pudding.
  8. Build Your Own Sundae Night
  9. Trip to a store to purchase a new book

Just in case you are interested in official summer reading clubs, your local library is the first place to go.  After I did a search online, I also found reading clubs at Barnes and Noble, Pizza Hut, Scholastic Books, Hastings Entertainment, and I am sure there are other businesses in your area that offer incentives.

For book purchases, try the independent book stores in your area as they are usually stocked with local authors’ works.  Just do a little research online to find them in your area.

I give a shout out to these independent stores in my area:  Karen’s Book Barn, Lagrange, KY; Brilliant Sky Books and Toys, St. Matthews, KY; Robbie’s Books, Berea, KY; Morris Books, Lexington, KY; Bethany Book Room, Winchester, KY. 

If you live in the Lexington, KY area, check out the summer opportunities for kids at the Carnegie Center for Literacy.  I saw a sign inside that said something about a free book.  Sorry, I neglected to write down the exact words.

Hope you have a wonderful summer.  Please check back in July for the next Blog, “THE VALUE OF KIDS’ MAGAZINES.”

God bless.  When it gets in the 90’s or 100’s this summer, let’s all resist the urge to complain and say we want cold weather!

Copyright 2014 Linda M. Penn All Rights Reserved






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