School's out! Summer vacation for my 6-year-old starts today. While I am looking forward to spending more time with her, managing all those hours together is a daunting challenge. That's why I was delighted to find some spectacular ideas for "No More Summer Mush Mind " over at How Does She? Basically, it seems like a morning homeschool plan, which is lovely way for my kids and I to spend the next couple of months.
With our current schooling setup, I think I get the best of both worlds. Fall, winter and spring, I am partnering with the public school to teach my children; then in the summer months I get to do "funschooling" with my three kids! Plus we can focus more intentionally on Christian discipleship, starting with the user-friendly summer calendar I mentioned last week. Now it's time to get my head out of the clouds and actually implement all these ideas!
Here are some of the "field trips" and other fun outings I hope we can attempt this month:
1. Strawberry Picking
We did a spur-of-the-moment outing last year on my other daughter's birthday; we all hope to enjoy an outing to the farm again this year.
2. "The Mammoth Museum"
Morrill Hall offers free Thursday nights all summer long; my kids had a blast exploring the place last July.
3. Jazz in June and/or International Festival
I have always wanted to go to these downtown events but still haven't made it after two summers. Third time's a charm I hope!
4. The Farmer's Market
We made it to the market twice already this season; it has become a Saturday morning tradition for us. Even my 2-year-old son looks forward to going, especially since there are trains. He adores trains. I love the personal interactions with the farmers; it reminds me of the daily open-air markets in our neighborhoods when we lived in Asia.
The Reality: Honestly, it's been a tough week. Fun events and happy feelings are not what will encourage me at the deepest levels. In order to feed my children spiritual truth, I need to return to the Source of true strength and wisdom. From my recent study of John, there are so many lessons and insights that I have noticed but not fully applied to life yet. That is probably my most important summer project.
Big or small plans, what's on your list this month?