Barbie books, Strawberry Shortcake books.....ugh. It's all Juliet wants. Drives me nuts.
For my 6yo I let her read whatever books interest her to foster the desire to read and to improve her skill. For my 8yo, there is time that she can choose whatever she wants to read, but I have some classics that she needs to read as well. We started a summer reading program at the library yesterday that has them both excited about reading a lot this summer. We also started with me reading out loud them. I chose James and the Giant Peach. It was something that I just could not get Alyssa into. Now that I am reading it to them, she is totally interested.
If Nathaniel (who's 9) loves certain books, I read them too. I read the entire Percy Jackson series because he loves them so much and we talk about them all the time. That part is fun.
I don't say no to any books, both my kids are like their momma and love to read.
Do you have a local rec center that is air conditioned? I'd probably enroll them in some things there. Window shopping and treasure hunts at the mall. (Google "kids scavenger hunt at mall" for a bunch of great ideas & printable lists.) Time at the library once or twice a week, maybe books one day, computer time & DVDs another. Swimming lessons at a local pool.
And my favorite summer activity from my childhood in Sacramento -- take a nap in the late afternoon, and then go outside & play some more in the evening after it cools down. My grandparents lived on a cul de sac, and we'd block it off with someone's car and all the kids would ride bikes out there or we'd play ball & you'd get sprayed with a hose if you made it to second base. Ah, what wonderful memories! Except for the heat part.
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Join the revolution & take back our holidays!
Change Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day, and don't take your credit cards to work on Cyber Monday.
Shift Your Shopping from mass marketers & big box stores to your local independent retailers & small artisans.
Practice a Buy Nothing Christmas. Instead of buying more things, give gifts of your time, your energy, and maybe even some unwanted things around your home; organize a used items gift swap among your family and/or friends.
Kyla, it sounds like the natural consequences really worked out in your favor, I always love it when that happens. I almost always delay consequences for a few days with my over 5 set to see if a natural consequence will do the work for me.
Kim, the private school I work at has book fairs 2x a year but we take all the gimicky books out of it before the sale. And the teachers also get to pick books that we definitely want stocked for the sale. You should ask if your school would be willing to pull the gimicky books.
Laurie, if Nathaniel liked the Percy Jackson series he might like the Divergent series (only 2 books so far) my 2 big girls and I read them last summer and loved them. I love being able to read the same book series and then see how different each of our perception is of books
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
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CARRIE and DH 7/14/07