I started writing this a few days ago but hadn’t finished it – then, I saw Jill Savage’s post today and decided I’d finish it up! She has very similar ideas for summer, but her kids are older so it’s nice to read about what future summers might look like…
I’m all for summer fun, but without a plan for how we’re going to spend our days this summer, things will not go smoothly around here for anyone. Gee, I sound like a fun mom, don’t I? Question for my boys when they read this in 15 years: was I any fun? Ever?
Luke will be doing a 2-hour summer school class for 4 weeks about being a fit kid – I’m excited to see what he takes away from this class. As much as I like to believe that I’m my children’s best teacher, oftentimes when someone else in authority says something, it sticks better (like about healthy eating, etc).
We also have swimming lessons for the two older boys coming up in a few weeks, so that will help to fill our days. Plus, there’s water fun to be had in the backyard on a hot afternoon, including a couple of different sprinklers, a good-sized kids pool, and our new slip ‘n slide (which I am not in the least tempted to try out – it looks like it would hurt!). I’ll probably save most trips to the pool for evenings when Matt can come with us, as me + 3 kids at the pool sounds like a recipe for disaster.
I’ve told the boys to expect to have a small job to do each morning (like unloading the dishwasher, putting away folded clothes), and I made a list of four jobs they have to take care of first thing every morning: get dressed, take care of pjs, make beds, brush teeth. We’ll also make time every day for reading, and I love that the summer reading program through the library is extra encouragement for them to sit down with a book. We’re going to try to plan on playing a game every day after Jack Henry goes down for his nap but before they do some quiet time (one hour, in separate rooms, except Luke told me today that some days, he’d like to read to Bennett. Uh, ok.). Today we played Toy Story Memory for the second time in a row and I got my you-know-what kicked.
Luke’s 1st grade teacher suggested that he keep writing over the summer, so we bought a cool kids’ journal at Target (Bennett got one too) so that he can record some things he does this summer. Right now, he’s writing a story about playing baseball. He just does a page or so at a time.
Luke’s teacher gave us a list of websites that might be good for your kids, too, so I’ll share them (we already use some of them):
Seussville (haven’t tried yet)
Wacona Elementary (haven’t tried yet)
What are your plans for this summer?