Sifting through my planner, I realized that most of the entries pertaining to my daughter’s schools had a common theme… events leading to the end of the school year. With summer vacation just around the corner, it was a little disturbing to see that the next few months in my calendar were blank with the exception of one little sticky note which read… SUMMER CAMP! Well now, who in their right mind adds a note to enroll their kids in summer camp just moments before school is out? Oh yeah… me.
Never mind enrolling them in a camp, I hadn’t even researched camps in the area. Not knowing where to start, my mind was made up. Apart from the kickstart programs I had enrolled the girls in through their school, I began searching for ways to create an entertaining summer for my little ones packed with oodles of fun, and off course, exciting ways to ensure they do not forget what they had learned in school throughout the year. Finally, I settled on enrolling them in various activities which would keep them occupied through the summer.
My next focus was on the education aspect. Although the girls are young and I do not want to stress them out with a summer curriculum, I do know that they are both desperate to learn how to read. As an avid reader myself, I could not be happier that my girls have a shared interest. The only drawback… teaching them, and finding the right books to do so. My girls are opinionated and have very specific interests. Although there are some fantastic books and other resources geared towards helping children learn to read, the ones we tried failed at holding their interest. Rather than buy more books my children don’t like, and waste money, I chose a different approach. Sitting in front of my computer with two peanuts on my lap, my girls and I started browsing through websites, in search of exciting summer reading books! Between my two little ones, our shopping cart had a total of 32 books they were interested in. Although I have no intention of purchasing 32 books immediately, I am confident that I have enough books to choose from, that my selective little beings will enjoy!