For the second summer, my sons and I have enrolled in a summer reading program in our town. As most of you know, I live in a small town with very few community events. Well, we might have more than I’m aware of, however community specials are not widely announced. I am a book lover myself, and I make it a point to go to our public library every Thursday night in the winter, and in the summer I go at least once a month.
The program the children are enrolled in allows for a weekly craft time, special day trips, and raffle rewards for participating. I struggled as a child in many areas of development. Socially (I know, don’t be shocked) I wasn’t a great communicator, I struggled to grasp mathematics, and I couldn’t read for beans. Whenever I felt challenged, I completely shut down, and most times acted out or pretended I knew what I was doing to get done with whatever challenge I was facing.
As I grew, I learned to compensate for the struggles I was having. I confided in a family friend who happened to work at the school, and shared with her my fears and struggles. She aided me in some learning techniques to help me process the input and problem solve. Pictures were huge- I drew little pictures of things I struggled with in order to give them meaning. I would rhyme terms for science and math, I would use different colors when working out math problems to separate the denominators.
My point is, learning doesn’t come easy to everyone. Not everyone is able to focus like their peers, not everyone loves books, and most importantly- not everyone can communicate their needs and feel comfortable asking for help when struggling in an area of academics, or even socially for that matter.
I discovered I loved to read, and I found a profession where I can help create a strong foundation for learning and instill the ability to express wants, needs, and interests. I continue to make time for any additional programs my children can enroll in to help them find their way, and to help them seek fun and interesting opportunities to learn. So even though it’s summer, we have to remember to keep our children creative, and keep the academic juices flowing, and make time for the small things like your weekly trip the library.