As the doors swished closed on the bus and my son waved goodbye, my eyes filled with tears. It took me completely by surprise. I hadn’t expected his last day of Kindergarten to be so emotional. Perhaps it’s because he has grown so much in this last year. Blossomed, really. He started the school year as a little boy, and now he is a BOY. A boy full of questions, creativity, and energy.
This week is our first full week of summer break. For us, that means I have both kids at home with me, and we have days full of “after schooling” (additional activities and learning in focus and interest areas), nature walks, swimming lessons, bicycle riding, and playing. And reading. Lots and lots of reading.
Our community has some good reading programs. My son participates in his elementary school program, as well as the one at our local library. Each week, we visit the library to play, do some crafts, return our bagful of books, and borrow a new bagful. So what are we reading to start the summer?
My son: Lots of reading together and reading out loud
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
Anything Dr. Suess
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, Cressida Cowell
We Are in a Book, Mo Willems
The Good Little Bad Little Pig, Margaret Wise Brown
My daughter: lots of reading together- lots of books with pictures!
The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
Bunny Eats Lunch, Michael Dahl
Moonbear, Frank Asch
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
All of Baby Nose to Toes, Victoria Adler
Big Bird’s Guessing Game About Shapes
The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins
Ford County Stories, John Grisham
Inheritance, Christopher Paolini
Lots of books to read, and fun to have. I hope you and your families have fun this summer, both inside books and outside exploring!