Goodnight is now officially on Summer Vacation. I’m glad to have her at home, really. It’s been a long school year and the Spring trimester was full for her.
I have been diligently collecting things for Grammy Summer School and we’ll get into that routine soon, but she needs a break as much as I do when I get time off.
So, I took her on a little field trip to help her start the summer off on the right foot. (I had already done my Grammy Homework for this one.) We needed to drive about twelve miles.
When we got to where we were going, I found a parking spot near a dogfood warehouse – just to keep the suspense level up for a moment longer.
When we got out of the car, I took a little cash out of my pocketbook and handed it to Goodnight. “Happy first day of summer break,” I said cheerily.
GN: What’s this for?
Gram: I think you’ll figure it out in a second.
We crossed a street while traffic waited at a red light.
Then I told Goodnight to peer down the block and pick the store that would be the most fun place to spend her money.
She stepped away from the closest building to look at the signs hanging above the doors of each shop on the block.
She spotted it.
Gram: Yup! Have fun.
In the middle of the block was a candy store. (You can chide me later for sweets, tooth decay and preventive dental hygiene . . . but there is a time and place for a little latitude.)
She was caught so off guard that she stood in the doorway for a moment just to take it all in. It was a slow day in the candy store, so the clerk didn’t mind GN’s nervous chatter as she tried to figure exactly how to get the most bang for her buck(s).
The clerk showed her where the scale was so GN could keep track of the candy by weight and then figure out the price. Candy store field trips are math from a fun and practical perspective, but don’t tell GN. She had to figure out how much she was spending by using the scale and the bulk price per pound, then subtract that cost from the total amount I had given her in order to know how much more she could buy.
I got a kick out of watching her eyes light up as she saw so many of her favorite wrappers.
GN: I feel like a . . . . kid in a candy store, Gram.
Gram: Now you know what the idiom means, too, right?
(English and Math lessons combined into one fun field trip!)
When we finished at the candy store, we still had time to catch a movie! Happy first day of summer break, Goodnight!