Friday, June 30, 2017

Dog Days of Summer School

I don't know about you, but when it comes to summer school, I used to associate it with punishment, makeup credits, community service, etc. but at the school at which I teach, summer school is actually quite fun. Students have all kinds of options in addition to keeping their academic skills up. For the past three weeks, I've taught summer school classes that included academics as well as fun activities like making tie blankets, hand-sewn pillows, and puffy paint fidgets. 
Here are a couple of snaps of the fun.

I brought Milo and Steve to summer school classes this week. I justified it by creating some lessons on basic dog care and training, which the kids loved. Each day, we spent an hour working on reading skills, an hour on math skills, and an hour working on crafts and learning about dogs. Milo and Steve were ecstatic about being able to leave with me in the morning, and my students adored them.

Steve got some great exercise on the day students learned that "a tired dog is a good dog." 
He fetched until we made him stop, and he spent the rest of the day and night

Milo was a big hit because he enjoys being cuddled.

He also loves being so close to a table top, 
which likely reminded him of our dinner table and gave him hope.
(He's not allowed near the table at our house.)

He also cooperates with dress-up time,
which this week involved special crafts.

Summer school is over now, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in for a few days before heading off on a cross-country road trip. Milo has assured me that he would be no trouble at all if I let him come along, but he will be staying home with Steve and our cat Ted.. It'll be tough to say goodbye this face, though.

How about you? Anything fun planned for this summer?

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