Risky Reads: Summer Is Here Edition

Risky Reads via The Risky Kids

We’re in week two of summer break – still in the honeymoon phase, really.  Haven’t gotten tired of slathering on sun screen yet, everyone is getting along, and the days are ripe with possibility.  How long will it last?  Let’s hope eight more weeks!  Eli is an emerging reader, and I want to make sure he continues to grow in his reading skills over the summer.  At the same time I’m not a fan of worksheets or long sessions of forced reading during the summer.  I came up with our own family reading program and we’ve been finding fun ways to sneak in reading throughout our days.  On this particular gorgeous day, we spread out a blanket, snacks, and a pile of books on our front lawn.   The neighbor kid even wandered over and spent a chunk of time reading with us.

Speaking of reading, here are a few things I read around the Internet this month that I thought you might find interesting as well.

As a parent who has held back on signing the kids up for organized sports at a young age, this article saddened me.  Is 4th grade too late to start a sport?  I sincerely hope not.

I was fascinated by this school, its playground, and their take on kids and risk.  Their motto?  “If you don’t fall down, you can’t learn anything.”

Summer is the perfect time to spend time at the playground and park.  My friend Emily, who knows a thing or two as a mom of four, has some great tips on how to put together a well-stocked playground bag.

I try to keep my personal blog and The Risky Kids fairly separate, but I can’t resist sharing our summer bucket list and how I plan to savor this time and season with my kids.

Feeling pulled in ten different directions?  This helpful read reminds us that being busy is a choice, and there are steps we can take to make our lives “unbusy,” and ultimately more enjoyable.

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