What happens if I do nothing but let the kids play and dream their summer away -
- They sit in the house, stare at the TV, and become good, personal friends with Ben 10.
- Monkey bars become permanently attached to their feet.
- My worst enemy becomes the distant sound of an ice cream truck.
- Guitar Hero fills my days ... and enters my dreams ... and, in the end, makes me hum the words to Barracuda while I work.
Of course, I'm all for relaxing summers. And I'm all for vacations and fun and teaching my son how to download Kiss songs from iTunes or hiding under blankets "camping" with my four year old. However, I still want to encourage my kids to read and write and use their imagination, even during these warm, relaxing months. I heard that children lose about 2 months of knowledge over the summer. This is very believable, considering that, through association, I'm starting to laugh like Spongebob.
This site looks like fun and encourages kids to really use their imagination. Tikatok
Here kids write, illustrate, and publish their own books. Once you sign up, you just go to the studio and either use the tools provided to spark ideas or let your child start the book from scratch. Images for the book are created by your child, scanned, and uploaded to the web site. You can also mail your child's pictures to an address and staff will scan the pictures for you. When the book is finished, you can buy it, bound in either hardcover or a paperback. The final book is less than $20, a great project for the kids, and a wonderful, wonderful addition to a bookshelf.
Make sure to check out the video on the home page. It explains the site very well.