One of my favorite parts of summer has been reading, since my own childhood. I take the girls to our local library to participate in the summer reading program - this year, each of my girls read 115 books for their reading logs! I also like to take the time to read some longer chapter books to them - this year we read Charlotte's Web and The Great Brain.
One part of this particular summer of reading that I will treasure is Claire's reading ability literally took off! We worked hard on phonics and reading all last year in school, and it still seemed like such work for her. But suddenly in June, "the switch" flipped on and she began reading on her own... and she couldn't get enough of it! She was so proud to be able to put books on her library reading log that she read for herself (and so was I!)
And finally - I finished several books this summer myself. I enjoyed them all... having the goal prioritized reading for myself during a season when it's easy to just go go go and forget to stop to renew myself during the summer.
Here comes the schoolyear... and more reading!