As so many well-meaning moms and dads do, I think I over-scheduled my kiddos this summer. I had thought that if I scheduled their mornings, then their afternoons would be filled with wonder and freedom. Unfortunately, it has turned into lounging, epic Minecraft battles between my kids, and a general blah. Then, a couple of times a week I’m trying to drag them to karate too. The problem, of course, was that I hadn’t considered that it would be impossible for me and my lackadaisical parenting style to get my kids to bed before ten o’clock (or eleven. . . or even later…) when there was so much “summer” out there. Concerts, ice cream, birthday parties, picnics, outdoor movies, swimming at sunset--when you live in Buffalo, NY, where for about 7 months it is cold, and about 4 of those months it is frigid, you suck in the “summer” no matter how late it gets. It was a complete accident, of course, but I’m feeling it right now. We’ve hit the “mid-way slump.” As a public school teacher, my summer break mirrors my own kids, and yesterday marked the 1 month mark. This basically is the half-way for us, and we need a reboot.
Amber Chandler is a mama, teacher, and education writer. She believes in student-centered, Project Based Learning, as well as integrating technology at every turn. Her book, The Flexible ELA Classroom: Differentiation for Grades 4-8 will be available this fall. She’s launching doyoudifferentiate.com, a website companion to the book, but also a space for teachers of all kinds to share their resources. Please submit your best ideas to her to appear on the website, as she’d like to highlight the work of the homeschool crowd. Follow her on Twitter at @MsAmberChandler and visit her website AmberRainChandler.com for lots of resources that you are welcome to use.