Last week, one of my cross-country runners was walking towards his bus with his skateboard in one arm, his trumpet in the other and his backpack carrying his homework behind.
“That’s what I like to see: balance. A little bit of sports, a little bit of music, and a bit of homework to keep the brain cells growing.”
The twelve year old turned around and smiled sheepishly at me. He knew I was talking about him; he knew he was being praised.
As a teacher and a parent, it is important that I give my children – my own and the ones I teach – what opportunities I can. It doesn’t mean that my kids have to be the best, but they have to make a commitment; they have to make an effort. My oldest son is busy with music (singing and piano), athletics (biking, swimming and soccer – but not all at the same time!) and, of course, school. He knows that school comes first. My youngest is busy being a tag-along but starting to think about activities outside of school; his years of opportunities are quickly coming up.
When summer comes, it is important that my boys maintain that balance between fitness, music and academics – but not necessarily in that order. The two are always outdoors running around and riding their bikes (Number Two rode around the circle for the first time this weekend!) and they love to race me home after my runs; as soon as we’re indoors, Number One heads for the piano – seriously, I can’t turn him off. During the summer months, it is the academics, the growth and development of brain cells through reading, that is such a challenge.
For the past few years, we participated in the local library’s summer reading program. While it is still a motivator, the novelty of it has started to wear off. So, when Allie at No Time For Flash Cards announced her First Annual Summer Reading Challenge, I knew my boys would be hooked. It’s easy, it’s simple and it’s a fabulous way to promote literacy with your children.
So, go to Allie’s site now to check out this great program. Tell her I sent you. Happy Reading!!