Countdown to summer vacation…

and to when the Beartwinsmom will lose her sanity until after Labor day: two more days. The boys have two more days of school, then it’s summer vacation. I’ve been trying to find things online so I can make a plan and a schedule for us so that I don’t hear the “Momma, I’m boooooooooooooooooooored” whines.

I need to e-mail the second grade teachers and get the list of what subjects they’re going to cover in the Core Knowledge sequence. My sons attend a charter school that uses the Core Knowledge curriculum sequence, and I just love it.

I’ve also found a way to keep tabs on their reading comprehension this summer. At their school, they use the Accelerated Reader program for taking quizzes.  There are some things I like and don’t like about using AR as the sole manner of checking for comprehension. Mainly, AR quizzes focus on literal questions.  Since I will not shell out the insane amount of money to buy the AR program and the quizzes, I found a FREE website that has quizzes for books, and a prize bank as well. You can also set up your own Personal Incentive Plan for your kids to earn prizes.  It’s Book Adventure, and it’s hosted by Sylvan Learning Centers. You do NOT have to pay to register. The easiest thing to do is to sign yourself up first for a parent account, then sign your kid/kids up, and attach their accounts to yours with your email address.

So, what I will be doing is flipping between the AR book lists to check on the reading level and points value, then having the boys take the quizzes on Book Adventure.

Another thing the boys will be working on is their reading aloud proficiency. Kerry has a tendency to mumble, and Casey will sometimes skip words.

I’ve also been looking up sites for 1st grade math so I can keep the boys’ skills intact so they don’t have that “summer slide”. I also have a 2nd grade curriculum workbook so they can work in that.

I know… I also have to let the boys be boys. I will have fun stuff planned as well, like trips to the bowling alley, going swimming, going to the library (hey, that is fun in our family), and other things.

Just pray for sanity for me. 😉 Please.