Chill Out



Happy Summer! You’ve spent the entire school year learning, growing, playing, sometimes laughing and sometimes crying, being a good friend, finding new things to like and not like. Now Summer is here, and I’m sure there is so much you are excited about doing during your vacation. But, before you jump happily into days full of sun-soaking fun, chill out.

Yes, chill out! There’s no need anymore to rush through very early mornings to get to school on time. There’s no homework clamoring in your backpack for completion. No library books longing to return to your school’s bookshelves (well, you may want to double check that one!). There’s now at least a little time to take it easy. Maybe even have a long breakfast (that’s what my 6 year old son calls breakfast that is cooked fresh, that we don’t have to eat fast — a chat-as-you-eat meal)!

So, this InkStart asks you to take a moment to chill out and create a Chill Out Page:

  • Grab your journal or any paper and pen or pencil and take it with you to a comfortable, cozy place: your backyard, your porch, a corner of a room, a local playground, your favorite chair, under the dining room table, a fort you’ve built — anywhere that is comfortable.
  • Get comfortable. Sit, stand, stretch out, hang out.
  • Notice what is around you. What do you see? What do you hear? How do you feel?
  • When you are ready, write. Describe what you see, hear, and feel.

What made it to your Chill Out page? Remember to share your writing — and forts — with us! And remember to chill out from time to time during the Summer and write it all down, write where you are!

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