Summer School

Today was the beginning of our yearly summer school. We’re focusing on literature this year, so there’s not a lot in the way of crafts and other hands-on type stuff for us to do. This was a great disappointment to the children, but to add insult to injury, I also made Turkey and Bunny write summaries for each of the three (very short) chapters of Our Island Story that I read out loud today (Ladybug got to draw a picture, instead). When I told them what the assignment was going to be, Turkey and Bunny both looked at me as if I had sprouted another head, and Turkey exclaimed, “But summer school is supposed to be fun!”

Oh well. I think they’ll survive, even if I am the world’s meanest teacher!

What We’re Reading–British Children’s Literature

Our summer school theme this year is British Children’s Literature (OK, British and U.K. lit) and British history. I realize that my definition of literature and the true definition of literature may be different, but I want to make sure we have a good sampling of the well-known British authors. Here’s a list of books we’ll be reading, either as book basket selections, or read-alouds:

We’ll also be using one book for our British history survey: Our Island Story. We’re going to have a lot of reading to do this summer…I can’t wait!