You know what I hate? Summer (freaking) Reading Lists.
There. I said it. I know I'm in charge of my child's summer learning and keeping that spark alive. But HOW am I supposed to do that when I cannot find the tracking sheet for the summer reading list because someone is hoarding it in their room OR between road trips OR between shuttling between the miscellaneaous camps "we" are involved in this summer?? Huh?
My kids are your average readers. But they both lack the ZEST for reading and aren't "nose in the book" all of the time kiddos. They'd rather be riding scooters, doing craft projects or bouncing on our trampoline. And quite honestly, I'm SUPER HAPPY they are active kiddos. I do not have the opposite issue of NOT being able to drag my kids off of the couch, and I'm thankful for that.
But getting a book into their hand this summer ... has been a challenge.
And then that damn list sits there empty and looming at me. I think a couple of things. A) It is THEIR responsibility! I remind them often that to receive "the prizes" you must complete the list! B) I feel "mom guilt" for not better assisting them in their quest. And C) Summer (freaking) Reading Lists. Grrrrr.
So. I made plan. I'm either NOT going to win (yet another) MOY away OR I'm freaking genius. I turned the job over. YEP. I gave the job to someone else. Who? The Nanny. Two days a week I work and Nanny comes in to play, entertain and have fun with the kiddos. Last week I suggested the Library and it was a great idea, they all loved it. This week ... I showed her (the empty) summer reading lists. And I asked for her help. I straight up asked The Nanny for help getting my kids to complete the summer (freaking) reading list.
There is no shame in my game. We have five weeks and five billion books to read? Do you think we they will get it done? My guess is yes...but the credit will all go to sweet Miss Megan. And I'm OK with that.