summer reading


The mind needs something to do, somewhere else to go.

Now that school is out for summer, I need another way to channel my mental energy outward.  Left to it’s own devices, my mind ends up standing still in heavy places, boring itself into ruts and holes.

I’ve been compiling my selection of books and I’m excited to see where these words are gonna take me.  This is not about escape, this is about exercise.  It’s not about distraction, it’s about discovery.

The kids are gonna come along too.


I originally wanted to assign reading and math throughout the summer.

But after thinking about it more, I decided against the math, and against any assigned reading.  I want them to experience the joy of change, to keep that incredible relief and new found freedom that comes with the end of school year, the end of a job well done.

So we transformed the mud room into a summer reading room instead.  This way we can record the stories of all the places we go and people we meet.  When anyone finishes a book, either reading or being read to, we get to fill out a card with our name and book title.

I’m not sure what the cards mean, or what we’re going to do with them yet.

That’s okay though.


Together we’ll come up with something.



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