Our time at Daddy Day Camp is coming to an end. Before you know it the school year will be upon us once again, so let’s not allow ourselves to get caught unaware. My oldest is heading to grade three, which will be a big year for him. It is the first year he will have English formerly introduced. We speak English at home, and that is the language eh is most comfortable with, so it should give him a real boost.
My daughter is heading to grade one, and there is a big difference between kindergarten and grade one, as she is about to find out. She will be in a one hundred percent French learning environment for the next two years, and because of that it falls on me to get her at grade level in her English reading, and to maintain that until she hits grade three.
Time to start preparing for back to school at Daddy Camp
I don’t want to leave the preparation for school for the week before, so it is time to implement some of the lessons I wanted to do with them this summer. For the first half of summer I felt that it was important to allow the kids to de-stress. The French language has continued to challenge my son, and I am proud that he stepped up to the plate and clawed his way forward. His accent is impeccable, but his reading skills are still not that great.
I picked up a Geronimo Stilton (affiliate link) book (in French) about Japan. Japan has special interest to my son and I, which helps create some incentive for him to read it with me. I taught my daughter to read last summer, but there are still some areas of difficulty so I want to continue working with her on that. I picked up several books for us to read together, but that will not happen until I improve her skill level with sounding out the words.
Whatever the particular challenge for your child is (or the area of interest perhaps), now would be a good time to start working on it, if for no other reason than to get back into a disciplined mindset. The hardest thing about shifting from summer vacation to the school year is the rules. It is nice to get away from those rules for a while, but it is also a good idea to start easing them back in, for they are coming.
Starting this week my children will spend half an hour twice per week doing reading lessons. Next week it will be three times a week. By the time school starts we will be doing it daily. That should transition nicely into homework time.
Catch up with everything we did at the start of Daddy camp this summer!
How do you transition your kids from mommy or daddy camp to back to school time?