20 July 2016

Summer Tips

I am loving every moment of my summer and I'm definitely not looking at a calendar.   I love getting up late, going to bed late, and everything in between.  My little guy starts first grade in August and I love the time we've spent together reading books, playing games, exploring, and working on art projects.  Our family made a point of visiting educational places like the DoSeum this summer that offer fantastic hands-on educational experiences for children.  I am super thrilled at the growth I see daily in my little one's reading and writing.  As teachers, we know and understand the importance of working with our children over the summer.  We also know that there will be a learning loss for many of our students that return after the summer break.

I was beyond thrilled when a Houston business reached out to me about this very topic.  Precision Garage Door of Houston shared this fantastic infographic with me that is designed to help families  prevent this loss of learning over the summer months.

Please check it out below:

The graphic is filled with wonderful tips for parents.  It's scary when you read that 2.5 months of math skills can be lost over the summer, but as teachers we know that this true more often than we'd like to see.  We know the same can be said for reading.

As a teacher mommy, I know how important it is to set aside time each day to dedicate to reading books together with your children.   I absolutely love this special mommy/son time with my own sweetie.  It's not too late, there is still summer left!  Grab a book and just keep reading, just keep reading! Clearly I've seen Finding Dory a few times this summer! 

I am super excited that businesses like Precision Garage Door of Houston are standing up to support educators.  They deserve a large round of applause! 


  1. Hi Colleen,

    Will you please explain your new Whole Brain Rules product? Thanks!

    1. Hi Freddie,
      The resource contains a poster for each of the five Whole Brain Rules. If you are not familiar with Whole Brain Teaching, you really must check out some of the you-tube videos that show it in action. Whole Brain Teaching truly maximizes student engagement. I've been using it for two years now, and will never go back. I love how students are actively involved and accountable for the rules. There are gestures for each of the rules. Hope this helps!
      :) Colleen

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