Summer Bucket List = scrappable memories

Summer vacation has started where I live.

Inspired by a friend, I made a Summer Bucket List to make sure my 5th grader and I did all the fun things we planned to make the most of our 75 days of break from school. We had an informal list, but writing it down, and blogging about it, helps us be accountable to achieving it.

Today I read in The Washington Post that kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer. Some teachers say they spend 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the school year teaching forgotten concepts.

A lot of our choices for spending this break from school are still opportunities for learning. I even swiped one idea from the newspaper story.

What are YOU doing this summer?


Participate in the library’s summer reading program. Help fellow patrons read a combined 150 books in June for the celebration of West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial.

Hogwarts Cookshop camp — Learn the magical art of fine dining. Feasts will consist of the same food as eaten by characters of the Harry Potter novels.

Kids’ Dinner Night — From The Washington Post story … have her plan dinner one night, write the shopping list, set the table, prepare the food and clean up afterward.

Summer theater productions “The Jungle Book” and “Nunsense 2”

Movies on the Lawn at an area inn

Watch fireworks

Swimming at area lakes

Overnight trips to Pittsburgh and possibly Washington, D.C.

Weekly lunch dates for Thai, Indian and more

Attend church camp for the first time pedicure

Watch “Despicable Me 2”

Get pedicures … At right is a photo of Arabella getting her first pedicure

Make s’mores

Tent camping in the yard

Fishing — This weekend, in fact, is West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend,
but it’s supposed to rain. Find info about your state here.

Archery — Arabella’s in the advanced class of the local Centershot Ministries program.
At the end of the month she’ll test to be an instructor.

… scrapbook it all!


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