An empty fridge is a good sign, but there’s still work to be done!

14 Jun

Just a few days to go and the fridge is looking nice and empty. No notices, reminders, menus….nothing until the end of August! Woohhoooo!

This is my empty fridge.

Three empty magnets.

It’s my equivalent of a “Gone Fishin’ ” notice.

No lunch menus, no field trip reminders, no field day notices, no project outlines, no calendar of who has music, art or PE on which day.

Nothing. Nada. Empty.

And so it will remain empty until the end of August when school begins again.


Big sigh of relief.

We made it through another school year. Down to just a Few.More.Days!

Then, nothing, just like on the fridge. Well not exactly nothing….

As a former educator, I am a proponent of doing school work over the summer. We read, we write, we do math and yet we still have tons of fun.

Here’s a list of Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide (which is the regression that kids experience when they don’t keep up with what they’ve learned during the school year, through the summer months.) It’s from Scholastic, so the focus is reading, but we do it all. You can see the full article here.

See what you can add into your summer fun to keep your kids’ brains active as well as their bodies.


1) Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing.

2) Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day.

3) Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle.

2 Responses to “An empty fridge is a good sign, but there’s still work to be done!”

  1. Jo-Lyn June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Great reminder! Nothing worse than getting back to school that first day and sitting there with a blank face uuuummmmmm duuuhhhhh????!!!!!!

    • thewholebagofchips June 14, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Yup. And I like that it gives them some sense of structure and routine and responsibility even though it’s not as structured as the school year would be. I don’t start til they’ve had the first week off though. I at least give them a few days!

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