Summer break is wonderful for so many reasons, but it also can be so hard for so many of our little learners. Many times the lack of structure, routine, and the many unknowns make it tough for them. Often times, students’ first response isn’t to pick up a book or play a math game. Parents sometimes want so desperately to help, but aren’t sure how to over the summer. We, as teachers, can easily put fun, useful, teaching tools in their hands over the summer with a summer bucket list.
Years ago, one of my wonderful teammates, Mrs. Hennessey, had an idea to create a bucket of fun for our students for their end of year gift. We put our heads together and brainstormed ideas. We ran to our nearest Dollar Tree and gathered what we could for super cheap. Our summer bucket list was born.
The bucket was filled with:
- a small notepad
- a mechanical pencil (We all know how awesome those are when you are 7!)
- 1st grade sight word list
- 2nd grade sight word list
- school summer reading program information