It’s summer, and boy have we been looking forward to this!
No more pencils. No more books. No more teacher’s…. wait, what?
It is true, that once June hit here in the Inland Northwest, I was done. SO done. I was so happy to report, too, that not only did we have a great school year, but we finished WELL. This is big for us, because many years we just fizzle out.
When we hit June, the time was right to take a well-deserved break. Enjoy the sunshine. Rest and relax and just breathe. Of course, with all the years we have schooled year ’round (and we’re not this year) they had to know it couldn’t last. Not completely.
This week we are starting on some summer goals that I came up with for my sons at the end of the school year. They aren’t hitting the books, per se, but they are doing something.
Just a few minutes a day. 30 at most. Our two goals for the summer are simple:
1. Learn to sign their names, in cursive.
This sounds innocuous, except you must remember that we have learning disabilities which severely affect their ability to write. D1’s Autism keeps his brain and his hand from communicating effectively. He has nice handwriting, but getting those words from his head to the paper is a long process. And D2’s dysgraphia still renders his writing nearly illegible much of the time.
When a look of panic crosses your child’s face because you’ve just handed him a birthday card saying “Sign this for Gramma”, something needs to be done. He can’t go on like this.
2. Work through Keyboard Classroom’s typing instruction.
On the recommendation of the developmental psychologist who tested them three years ago, we have begun to teach them to type. Keyboard Classroom provided us the opportunity to review their program last winter, and they are now getting back to working on it regularly. Typing will speed up both boys’ school work by cutting out the majority of their writing difficulties.
By spending the remainder of the summer working on these two goals, my hope is that the boys will be more than ready to take on this new school year with a couple less hindrances in front of them.