An introduction feels necessary, like we should discuss our expectations, but I am not teaching and summer is for breaking rules, so I’ll forgo an introduction and trust our posts will introduce us.
The boy has spent his summer with lovely babysitters and a magical ten-year old, while I taught. He will spend the rest of his summer with the decidedly less lovely and magical me. The less lovely and magical me wants it to be the best summer in the history of summers, for it’s his last before kindergarten. In addition, to swimming, water balloons and the park, here are some of the things we’re doing, and have done, to keep the summer moving.
The Science Toy Maker: a teacher genius, this guy’s put together youtube videos and instructions for simple science projects that work. The babysitters facilitated the cartesian diver (which the boy showed to all who would look) and the climbing man, but the boy and I will tackle the glider, air rocket and robotic fingers.
The Space Place: in honor of the end of the shuttle program, we plan to explore some of NASA’s activites, but beware, NASA expects the average home to have strange things.
Kindergarten Ready Computer Time (while I don’t want to be that mom, I am so that mom)
Big Green Rabbit: you should know that I have questionable taste in music (Linda Ronstadt, EmmyLou Harris and Dolly Parton are the best trio of all time) that being said, I do love the Big Green Rabbit music. It’s danceable. They also offer games that teach mouse skills and dance lessons.
Read, Write, Think: ABC Match: designed by the International Reading Association and funded by Verizon, it’s exactly as it sounds.
Read, Write, Think: Construct-a-Word: kids pick an ending and a beginning to make a word.
Read, Write, Think: Picture Match: kids match sounds to a picture.
Obstacle Course Menu: we’ve modified this to fit our surroundings and materials, but it will no doubt become a standby.
Arctic Games: we’re obsessed with the Arctic Games and have dreams of kicking a ball in the air with both feet. Doesn’t everyone obsess over such things?