Nothing beats the heat on a summer day like swimming. Even I have been swimming with the kids. It is fun watching them play "the bottle cap game" where they set a bottle cap at the bottom of the pool and then get out and look for it while standing by the side. As soon as one of them spots it, they are supposed to jump in and get it. The one to get the bottle cap wins!
As for me, I prefer to float.
One summer a few of my kids regressed--- their test scores were lower when they first went back to school. So I decided to work with my kids a little everyday throughout the summer. Jonny can now count money and tell time, Sveta is finally understanding word problems, and Rachel is expanding her vocabulary with words like instinctively and burrows. Anna, Annalyn, and Julia are keeping their mind sharp with long division. William is doing a variety of work and while he is very bright, I found it interesting that he got easily frustrated when I had him do a worksheet where numbers had letters and he had to match up the number to the space with the same number and write in the letter so that he could spell out a message. This was incredibly hard for him compared to long math problems.
Sveta still cannot count money and she can only tell time to the hour. I have read that children with FAS (Fetal ALcohol Syndrome) have a very hard time learning these concepts and so far she has not learned to do either. Since they are on her IEP for next year, I think I will hold off and maybe just reintroduce her the names of the coins and their values.
Here is Dennis, William, and Andrew having fun on the swings! If you could only see how Dennis tags along and tries to do everything his older brothers do.
How are you spending your summer?