Ah, blissful summer! It’s time for a break after a nonstop, nine-month, race-to-the-finish school year. Now that we’ve skidded to a stop, let’s be intentional in planning our retreat from the business of school. Daily 5 can help. If it’s good for the children (and we know it is), it’s good for us.
- Read to Self: We tell our students this is an everyday must-do, so we should do it, too. Whether for professional development or light reading, book recommendations are everywhere on the web. I’m interested in reading Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. For fun, I just finished reading Janet Evanovich’s Explosive Eighteen. Grandma Mazur gives me the giggles every time I read about her outrageous escapades.
- Work on Writing: I’ve always liked writing lists. It’s a good way to record many thoughts in a short period of time. I’ve purchased a new journal that I’m calling “The Top Tens.” My strategy is to write a range of lists from a myriad of life’s favorites, assorted bucket lists, and a multitude of gratitude lists. The only rule: only 10 items per list. Fast, furious, fun! What will you write this summer?
- Word Work: It’s time to build vocabulary through a new experience. I’ve discovered some high-end grocery stores that offer meal demonstrations by local chefs. I can’t wait to hear about futomaki, temaki, and unagii (types of sushi) and then taste the results. How will you expand your vocabulary this summer?
- Listen to Reading: Audiobooks are a great way to “read” while walking or working out. You may be able to download audiobooks from your public library directly to your phone (try the Libby app). A good narrator can really bring books alive. For example, listen to Jason Reynolds’s Track series and you’ll feel like you’re meeting every character in person.
- Read to Someone: Did you know that reading restaurant menus with a friend counts as partner reading? I’m picking a day each week to have lunch with a buddy. What a great opportunity to renew old acquaintances or make a new one and root out some delectable local cuisine.
- Stamina: Summer is the perfect opportunity to refocus on our physical health. Increasing our walk time and taking exercise classes are just two ways to help build our stamina and strength.
- Nonfiction: Enjoy the summer sunsets. Dig in the dirt. Marvel at the color of the flowers you see. Put your toes in some water. Take a hike and notice all the details. Nonfiction is a beautiful thing!
- Fiction: Create something fabulous and fun! I’m going to take a three-day mosaic class at the end of the month. Inspirational classes are available to teach you just about anything you might want to learn. Just take a look.
- Good Fit: Dust off something you used to enjoy. I grew up taking piano lessons but haven’t touched a piano in years. I’ve decided to give it another whirl. Did you know you can download sheet music from the Internet? Let the practicing begin.
- Book Shopping: Take an afternoon a week to scour the bookstores and libraries in town for new titles. Really, is there a better way to spend a few hours?
School may be out. But Daily 5 (plus 5) can help us relax and restore ourselves this summer. Enjoy.