I absolutely love summer time! The long daylight hours, the smell of chlorine and sunscreen, the rhythm of frogs croaking as darkness descends... sigh. Sometimes I'm sad, though, at the start of this glorious season simply because it passes too quickly! We are only a week and a half weeks from the Summer Solstice, and I can't figure out how summer passes so quickly when the winter days seem to drag on endlessly. So, I want to be intentional about how I spend the precious hours that summer affords. That's why I've created our "100 things to do this SUMMER" poster with my kids. I wish I could take credit for this great idea, but Todd Wilson, the Smiling Homeschooler, shared it on his blog.
May I make a simple suggestion that will save both your sanity - and your home school? Stop being "teacher" and just be mom. Do things that will tie heart strings with your kids; things that bring laughter and make memories. I'll let you in on a little secret: they don't have to be fancy or cost a lot of money. But they do have to be specific. For example, some we came up with included: "catch lightening bugs at night", "picnic at Falls Lake", "watch Fourth of July fireworks".
Here's why you need to stop school right now where ever you are: the days are long but the years are short. My oldest son is taking summer classes in college, and not able to spend a lot of time hanging out with us. My oldest daughter is working at summer camp for the third year, and she's gone every week from mid-Sunday through late Friday. My younger son is also working three to four days a week so he can pay for his car insurance and other teen needs. That leaves me with my youngest, and we both are struggling with the void left by siblings who are leaving the nest, one by one. It's good and right that the older ones fly, but it seems to be happening too quickly.
Don't get me wrong; I know all too well you've got a list a mile long of all the things you need to do. All those things that fall to the wayside in the busyness of the school year - things that just can't wait any longer. Just make sure that connecting with your kids and making memories is at the top of that list. Make the moments count!
How about you? What three things can you think of *right now* that you can do with your clan this summer? I'd love for you to join the conversation and help spark ideas!