Sometimes you just need a slow summer with very little planned.
Two of my kids have Karate classes, all 3 of them have swim lessons, we are keeping up with the local library reading program and we are occasionally catching a free summer movie at the local movie theater.
So no, the kids aren’t exactly sitting around doing nothing all day every day. There are a few planned things to keep the weeks rolling. But we don’t have any big summer plans, vacations or summer camps. And I gotta say it’s pretty nice to lay in bed a little longer during these warmer months.
However since we live with autism we do need some daily structure that looks like a to-do list taped to the wall that includes getting ready for the day, doing a few chores, some reading and some learning pages. But this paper taped to the wall keeps the words, “I’m bored!!!” From ever showing up around here.
Would I like our house to be more lackadaisical? Yeah, I would. It would be nice to move casually through the summer months without a care for what was going to get done each day. However I have kids 😆
So without a daily summer camp, and without needing to build a packing list, we are still getting out of the house, keeping a few things on the calendar to look forward to, making sure the daily summer library reading gets done, and Friday pizza day always happens at this house.
And so far I think this has been just what my kids have needed. Kids need a mental break from all the hustle and bustle that school demands of them. However, I don’t need my kid’s brains melting to mush in front of screens for a few months and forgetting what they had learned last school year.
So each kid has 3 learning pages and 20min of reading they do, and the kids are learning how to do their own laundry this summer. Does this make for extra work for me? You bet! But I hope some new skills are picked up this summer and I hope Mr. L gets caught back up on some academics that he avoided over the previous school year.
Anyways, what fun summer plans do you have this year?