The summer of 2009 is almost here! Gabriel’s last day of school is on Friday and then all three boys will be home 24/7! As fun as having a looser schedule is, I know the days can also get long if we don’t have some structure and some highlights along the way. Last year, after Gabriel completed first grade we signed him up for 3 summer reading programs and really hit the books. It was wonderful! We all enjoyed the weekly library trips and the adventures we found within the pages. I was pleasantly surprised when Gabriel asked if we were going to do it again this year. What a blessing, it WORKED!:) So this year I have expanded the idea a little. We are still doing the reading programs, and I snapped a picture of the little chart we made this year. We have a few dozen little fish cut out and every book he reads he’ll write the title on the fish and put it in the pond. At the end of the summer, his goal is a canoe trip and something from the Scout shop. I know my artwork leaves a lot to be desired but each year I’m hoping to improve! Lol.
Anyway, in addition to the books we are also planning some “field trips” to go with it. We have theme weeks planned and we’ll read about a certain topic and the end of the week take a tour or little trip that brings it to life. Our first theme is “Farm week” and it kicks off next Monday! That’s an easy one because all three boys love animals and farms all things John Deere.:) At the end of the week we are going to my friends beef farm and also a dairy farm. The best part is, my friend Jen and her kids are doing it too and I know it’s going to be a great experience.
Friday is the big kick-off at the library where we’ll pick out the books and start the little journey. I am probably more excited than the boys about it now! Lol. I’ll keep you posted. Bring on summer!:)