A Note From Principal Silk:
Summer is finally here! The Vine Street Staff want to wish all of you a very happy summer vacation with your children. We encourage you to keep learning going for your children all summer. There are lots of ways to make learning engaging and fun. The link below will take you to Reading Rockets. They have a website dedicated to providing teachers with ideas to share with families. Check it out if you are looking for some activities.
Of course, one of the very best things you can do is promote reading. Providing opportunities for children to read independently and for you to read with them is so important in helping to avoid a backward slide over the summer.
In our family, we have two grandchildren who are the same age as Vine Street students. One is entering first grade and the other will be in second grade in the fall. We have done a lot of learning so far, mostly based on their individual interests. We spend a lot of time talking to our grandchildren about the things that are important to them. This helps to develop conversational skills and to build vocabularies. I have learned more about Minecraft over the past few months than I thought I would ever need to know. Favorites from the 90’s are making are making a come back, so I am refamiliarizing myself with all things Pokemon and Polly Pocket. My second grader is loving the “I Survived” reading serie, and together we are learning more about Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor. Each night, my son read aloud from the Harry Potter books to his children. They are so excited to share what happened! (Full disclosure, I already read all the books!)
We have also been working with nature. I built a fairy house with my granddaughter. In order to attract fairies you can plant flowers. Gardening is not a strength for me, but we popped some marigolds in and have been working to keep them thriving. We live near a small wooded area, so we have lots of animals visit each night. We put up a camera so we could log in each visitor in our journals. My husband and grandson go on grand adventures as they hike through the woods on the way to their favorite fishing hole.
The kids and I love to craft, and we have done a lot so far. I bought each of them a sketch book and colored pencils at the dollar store–it was a great investment. We have spent many hours drawing together. One fun (very messy) thing to try is acrylic pour painting. You can watch Youtube to learn how to do this. We poured acrylic paint (with a thinning medium in it) through a kitchen strainer onto a canvas–so cool. Again, I cannot state enough how messy this was–the kids and I wore old clothes, and I covered everything with plastic table clothes–another thrifty purchase from the dollar store–but it was still a mess. My yard looked like a Jackson Pollock painting for a week, but we had a great time, and I have beautiful artwork to display.
One thing COVID taught me is that the grandkids love just spending time with us. In the past, we have tried to go to zoos and aquariums, and honestly, we spent a quite a bit of money on those excursions. This year, we are staycationing from home and having a great time! I hope all of you are having a great summer as well. Feel free to send me pictures of what you are doing!