by Andrea E. Stoner Leaman
Perhaps you got, like I did, a 4th quarter report card with a reminder to help your child keep up with reading and writing over the summer, so they’re on task for the next grade.
Visions came to mind of sitting at the table, running drills while my son gazes longingly at the sunny yard. Then I remembered a friend who took her 6-year-old son on a trip during the school year. Each day she had him draw a picture of his favorite thing from the day, and then write a sentence about it underneath.
Yes, it is practicing writing, but more so, it is teaching other things … our lives have moments–remember them. How do I describe an experience in a sentence? What do I choose to visually represent that experience? If every day seems too much, choose a “scrapbook” day of the week.
When we hear the word “scrapbook” in 2013, we think of meticulous, colorful pages filled with complicated patterns, shapes and expensive embellishments. These are fun, and the 3-day retreat weekends of scrapbooking ‘round the clock while others cook the meals and no one bothers us are even more fun. However, once upon a time, scrapbooks used to be made from … wait for it … scraps.