Summer Schole Plan
Parents, are you beginning to think about the summer? At school, the faculty are hearing about all the exciting plans ahead: vacations, trips to the beach, and a seemingly endless list of summer camps. How fun!
Why not include a purposeful time of schole each day? This is something the whole family can take part in, as a way to supplement already current reading lists and continue the cultivation of the mind, heart, and soul.
Summer Schole Plan
For half an hour each weekday morning, I plan to cultivate my reading, writing and thinking skills by a series of activities surrounding a few books. Join me!
First, I will revisit one of two texts. How to Read a Book has been one of the most valuable reading tools I've used. Nicholas Capaldi's The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking is a great text and one which makes it impossible to watch the news, read the news, or follow politics in the same way. If you're a political or news junkie, be forewarned! It's not enough to skim the book though - this year, I will get a notebook and take notes on what I think the most important principles are and hopefully see it with fresh eyes.
Then, I will choose from a variety of books and read them one at a time. I've been accumulating a few throughout the year: a fiction suggestion from Miss Clevenger, a non-fiction text on the SS in World War II, a book on marriage, another non-fiction about reading body language, The Catcher in the Rye (to get ready for Salinger's new book), to name a few. What's important about this is that it has to be something that interests me - not something that I read purely for the sake of sounding intellectual or something I read because it's on my class list or required professional reading. More often than not, I end up enjoying all my directed reads, but it doesn't replace the benefits of a self-directed learning plan. The same thing applies to our students!
Most crucially, as I read, I will keep that same notebook I started earlier. For fiction works, I'll record quotes and my own reflections, and for non-fiction I will focus on outlining the main things I'm learning. I'll try to make connections between what I'm reading and other ideas I've thought about, and I'll ask myself how this story or new information can impact me.
What's delightful about this plan is that this is something kids and adults can do alike! Wouldn't it be fun to use this "plan" as a springboard for summer gatherings or family discussions? I hope that students and parents alike will join in on this fun reading plan. Be sure to send emails or post-cards about what you're learning through the summer to faculty, who are likely to respond in kind!
Make sure you're keeping an eye out for the summer booklist suggestions! Students can use the remaining weeks to ask their colleagues and teachers for other book suggestions.
With great regard,
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