I am not a student and my son is only just “graduated” from Pre-K, but yesterday after his last day of school, I was singing “Schools Out for the Summer” and felt the sense of relief and freedom of a younger me.
I love the warm, light evenings, no socks and carefree moments of the summer. But, I know it is essential to continue to educate my son so he is prepared for kindergarten in the fall.
He was given a book at school on his last day yesterday titled Do Unto Otters A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller.
This children’s book is a concise, fun way to teach kids about an important element at this age: manners. It explains saying, “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.” It also discusses why teasing is wrong and the importance of playing fair and being honest.
This brought up an interesting conversation about cheating and the exclusion of others. My son is intrigued by these concepts and even admitted that he had laughed at a classmate when he was crying. I explained that was hurtful and he understood.
Math, reading and science are all necessary tools to have, but nothing can trump the importance of manners. This will help prevent bullying and increase the self-esteem of the next generation.
Enjoy the pool, ice cream and sleeping in. Also, try committing an hour of your day to read to your kids. It will make a difference.