I love summer school! Today is the first day. The focus of our summer school program is shifting more toward reading, writing, and math workshops. My job is to provide intensive small group reading instruction with kindergartners and first graders. We use a program called Leveled Literacy Intervention developed by Fountas and Pinnell. I basically confer with kids all day long. What could be more fun? I also get the opportunity to sharpen my skills and deepen my understanding of the reading process. Another plus for working in the summer, is that it provides me with the perfect excuse for ignoring the to-do lists my husband tends to leave when he thinks I am on "vacation." Summer teaching does come at a price though. No mornings spent lingering over tea in my robe. No attending summer conferences. No down time. No all-day Monopoly marathons with my son. If I had little ones at home, there is no way I would teach in the summer. Not unless money was tight.