Our Reading Teacher, Mrs. Bast, asked that we all use some of our holiday blog time to encourage parents and their children to remember to READ over the vacation. She shared an article with us that emphasizes the luxury of reading during vacation time.
As you talk about the remaining week of vacation time, plan out how many minutes each day can be devoted to reading a book or a magazine. If at all possible, build this time so that you and your child can read together — either the same book or each read your own.
My family and I will travel abroad to visit my daughter who is on her study abroad year. In preparation for this trip (20+ hours of flying and 8+ hours of train travel), I have selected some great books to help the travel time seem more pleasurable. When I am home over a wintery vacation, I wait until the snow if falling and mix up some hot chocolate, grab my favorite blanket and curl up on the couch with my book and the dogs.
Do all you can to carve out time for your child to read — and make it an enjoyable time together. Remember, turn off the screens…put them away so that these are a distraction. Make the time and sit down and read together for just a few minutes every single day. This focused time will help your child in reading in school and in life.
It’s Wednesday, which means we are half way through our vacation. This also means we have 50% of our vacation remaining to enjoy.
I would love to share some of your vacation adventures on our blog. Please send me an email or a blog comment and I will dedicate a post to you. If you’d like, include a photo. If you don’t a have photo, draw a picture and take a photo of this. I will post a drawing of your vacation to the blog.
My vacation was called, STAY HOME. Some people call this a “stay-cation.” For me it was just right for resting, reading, working in yard, walking on the beach….and (drum roll) getting a PUPPY! His name is Milo, a mix of King Charles Spaniel, Bichon and Poodle–a non-shedding dog. Milo is just 8 weeks old, weighing in at 5 pounds.
My four year old cavachon, Cooper, is adjusting to this new family member. Every once in awhile, I catch him looking toward me with an annoying glance. Milo loves Cooper. He has learned to wait until Cooper is sleeping before he cuddles up by his side!
I am sure that you will meet Milo one of these days. Mrs. R and I are going to train him to be a therapy dog. This will take some time –but it will be worth it. We hope Milo thinks so too!
I know that many of your are heading out for a week of vacation outside of Michigan and some are staying in the area. Please complete this just for fun survey to help us get an idea of who is doing what for our week away from school! I will share the results on April 12.
The summer weather was cooler than expected, but that didn’t impact our summer vacation plans. As a family, we traveled to our all time favorite city — Chicago. This city has much to offer to each member of my family: Chicago Cubs for my baseball crazed son and husband, shopping for my daughter, and great food and people watching for me.
One of the highlights of our trip this summer was to Millennium Park, located in the heartof downtown Chicago. We saw the incredible ampitheatre, walked through the gardens, played in the waterfall scultpures, and walked under and around the Cloud Gate Sculpture. Because it is in the shape of a huge silver lima bean, we call it the BEAN. Here is a picture of it, with our family in the reflection. You can see us only if you magnify it 1,000 times! I love this picture because it shows the beauty of the sculpture against the skyline of Chicago.
I hope you had a great summer vacation too! If you want to find out about other teacher’s vacations, visit their blogs and type the word vacation into the blog search area.
Everyone who enters by September 24 will be included in the school wide drawing. Drawing on September 25 at 1:30 pm.
Student winner receives: Pumpkin Carving Set and a Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Winning class (those who have the most students participate in the scavenger hunt) receive Mrs. Reagan as the teacher for one hour!
All those that enter will be added to the Reading Counts Drawing (held in December)
HAVE FUN HUNTING! And…Good Luck!
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