Summertime Is Here! Let’s Get Happy!
Well, it is for our family, anyway. Preschool is just about over and I have the long, relatively uneventful months of June, July, and August ahead of me to spend with my children. It’s confession time: a few months ago, you would have heard me saying things like, “I’m dreading summer!” or “What am I going to do with my kids for TWELVE WHOLE WEEKS?!” Alas. God reminded me not so long ago what a great gift He’s given me: time with my kids. However long the days might become, this is a sweet age for my children, and I am wrong to take it for granted. I have been brainstorming a few ideas for summer activities, and I’d like to share them with you. I have resolved to enjoy the weeks with my children, not complain about the heat, and step up my creative game. Moms (and dads?), I present to you my “glass-is-half-full” approach.
- I intend to plan out activities for each week. As a former teacher, this is not that hard for me to do. In essence, I’m going to make our home something of a preschool. Each week will have a theme, and all of our activities will flow out of that theme. For example, cars. We’ll talk about cars, look at pictures of cars, go on a hunt for different kinds of cars, paint/draw/sculpt cars, play with toy cars, check out books from the library about cars, listen to songs about cars (or by The Cars – ha!), watch the movie Cars, etc. Other themes: music, airplanes (with a field trip to the airport), balloons (I can’t wait to see my son throw a water balloon), fish, etc.
- I plan to seek out as many air-conditioned free activities as possible. Barnes & Noble, the public library, and lots of other places host morning story or craft times. Though it takes energy for me to manage both of my toddlers in those environments, it’ll give us something to do outside of our house. I will also ask my mom friends if they have any guest rate options for museums, pools, and private parks. I’ll look for you there!
- I am coordinating a summer playgroup with all of my mom friends, and some new ones I’ve just made. Meet weekly, same time, rotate the location. Easy!
- I would like to plan at least one lunch out a week with another mom and her kids. Gotta love Chick-Fil-A and other restaurants with the play areas!
- I will wake up saying, “Today, I get to play with my children!” rather than, “Today, I will try to survive another day at home with the kids.”
In my quest to be SuperMom Of The Summer, I will utilize ideas from some of the following websites:
- Preschool Activities at Education.com
- Summer Season Pre-K Unit Study at Suite101.com (a site I know I’ll be referring to often)
- Crafty Ideas from Kaboose
What are your resolutions and ideas for managing a summer at home with little ones? Do you have any other links for rockin’ websites that are packed with activities to keep everyone busy? Let’s spur one another on to love and good times with our darling little ones!