Summer is nearly upon us according to the calendar but according to the weather and school calendars, summer is here in many places. Summer brings schedule changes to many homes. I’ve never understood why churches have their vacation Bible school weeks so soon after school is out as that is the last thing I wanted to do as a kid when school let out.
I always enjoyed the lazy days of summer. Don’t get me wrong, we had a couple of chores we had to do first but then it was outside to play and ride my bike. I also enjoyed reading books during the summer that I didn’t seem to have time for during the school year.
As a homeschool mom, living in Oklahoma where the summers get HOT!!!, we kept cool indoors playing video games, if I’m honest. However, before they could do that, they always had to do something educational. I had them play with the GeoSafari, for which I provided educational cards.
I also required them all to participate in the library summer reading program. Of course the boys would put it off until the last week but I’d make them do it regardless.
All this to say, I think it is important to have some plans for the summer. I urge you to begin thinking and praying about what you and your children should do this summer. (I’ll post some fun ideas next week.) Of course the first week off of regular educational studies is good to be a bit freer and flexible but inevitably there will come a time, in the not too distant future, that your child will be bored or you will feel that they are lazing around too much and in need of a bit more structure. That is when it is good to have a plan.
Here are a few things to think about:
- a weekly activity, like hiking, swimming, or play date
- required time outside
- hobbies (maybe even finding a new one)
- summer movies (many theaters have a free one each week)
- something touristy in your area
I hope this helps you and your kids have a productive summer. I’ll share some links in the next weeks to help with some these ideas.
Until next time,