1. Plan some fun for the whole family. ✅
2. Clean, reorganize, or complete a project needing attention at home. ✅
3. Spend time in the fresh outdoors on a daily basis. ✅
4. Spend overdue time with friends or family members. ✅
5. Read a book (or listen to one) purely for enjoyment. ✅
6. Take pictures and journal your summer memories. ✅
7. Sleep in or stay up late... or both!✅
8. Spend time in cool waters while enjoying the warm sun. ✅
9. Serve others. ✅
10. Find inspiration, wisdom, and advice intended to rejuvenate, prepare, and excite you for a new school year.
At the start of any summer, I just jump in feet first with the top nine "to-dos" on my SUMMER checklist. Quickly, I begin enjoying the change of pace and scenery of my life. The kids are home and so am I.
Midway through July, I begin to get antsy about a new school year - new lessons - new ideas - new opportunities - new students - new families - a new season.
While I am still in a relaxed mood, with my journal by my side and coffee in my hand, I like to read books, blogs, and posts by moms and teachers who inspire me to get creative and who breathe new, fresh motivation into me.
Since I'm still in "vacation-mode", it doesn't feel like work, but I know it is working on my heart and mind equipping me for what is to come: THE BEST YEAR EVER!
Please don't underestimate the positive power that other moms can provide in your life. Let's talk. Let's share. Let's grow. Together we are MomStrong! www.facebook.com/groups/118470985432746/
Want to join me? If you have a favorite inspirational book for moms, or for educators of all kinds; perhaps a great daily devotional, or anything that sparks your fire, please share it in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The book images above are personal choices and not affiliates of mine.
Whether midway through elementary school, or well into the middle school years, there are four common mistakes many students make when writing for any academic assignment.
Mistake #1: He didn't understand the writing prompt.
Poor guy. He felt prepared, got a good night's sleep, and even had a healthy breakfast. Yet, when he read, "Using evidence from the following articles, construct several explanatory paragraphs in your expository essay," he was lost. Students today are expected to know the differences between expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative writing styles.
Mistake #2: She didn't organize her thoughts before writing.
Can you blame her? The stress of writing a five paragraph essay can be overwhelming to most 12 year olds. Most young writers just want to jump in and start writing. However, an organized paper makes all the difference. What is the main idea? How can that be supported? Was it wrapped up in the end? These simple organization skills can make writing easier, too. Much like Google Maps, knowing the correct direction can make all the difference in getting there.
Mistake #3: He didn't read his own work once he finished.
Done! And, he's out of there. So many young writers simply can't wait to be finished writing. Once the pencil stops, they think the process is over. However, so many kiddos could improve greatly simply by reading what they wrote. Was something left out or incorrectly spelled? Did that sentence even make sense? When students learn to read and revise their very own work it empowers them as writers.
Mistake #4: She isn't using academic vocabulary.
"Cool" is just easier to spell than "intriguing", right? That is what many students will say. Students are incorrect in thinking that properly spelling common and boring words is more important than misspelling a more academic and interesting word. The fact is strong vocabulary choices take writing to a whole new, more mature level.
Yes, it is a lot to learn. Yes, it takes a good deal of valuable instruction. Yes, it needs to be consistent. Yes, young writers need encouragement and personal feedback. Yes, there is help for anyone thinking, "My child needs better writing instruction."
Would you like to claim your child's seat for my next online writing course? I can help.
Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher