What I did on my summer vacation ….. it’s the timeless writing prompt used for generations to officially start the new school year! It’s fun to reflect on a span of time that was spent free of the structure and restraints of a 5 day work schedule and a regimented social calendar. So let me share with you the paths I traveled these last 10 weeks and
What I did on my summer vacation…..
At the end of June I had the pleasure of presenting at Social Thinking’s Provider Conference in San Francisco with my SLP colleague Danyela Williams.
Our topic was teaching children how to communicate with compassion. Inspired by our work with our students, this topic has become very purpose driven as we seek to become part of the solution to stop violence in our schools. I’ll be featuring a series of posts to share intervention activities (with freebie worksheets!) for students K-12. Consider subscribing to my blog for notification of this series!
My family and I have a serious wanderlust, most likely cultivated by my nomadic parents. My mom passed away a few years ago, and it was my goal to visit her birthplace, Sicily. It was an island full of surprises, including vast Greek archeological ruins, active volcanoes and a multi-cultural cuisine.
The summer is always when I try to spend more time with my dad. He’s 86, cognitively strong (sorry for SLP talk) and lives alone in a retirement community about 2 hours away. Thank goodness he has a strong support system of friends, so he stays active with card games and trips to Atlantic City. I tease him that he is gambling away my inheritance!
All three of my children were born in July (hey, October is the harvest season!) and this year my oldest turned 30! I still haven’t wrapped my brain around that milestone …. I have a child who is 30! I mean, 30 was a birthday I clearly remember, like it was not too long ago. Where did that go?
I’m a Jersey girl and spent long days “down the shore” with my hubby and Spanky, the little rescue I adopted after my mom passed.
I managed to spend time getting ready for the upcoming school year. I created a resource to help my older students work on conversation skills. You can check it out on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store: Conversation Skills Middle & High School.
The rest of the time was spent reading, home projects, cooking and enjoying the long hot days. I would love to hear how you spent your summer vacation! Share in the comments!