Happy Summer to all! It is summer here in the United States, although some parts of the U.S. are having colder than usual weather, to be sure!
One thing in summer is to enjoy the expansive space and time of the endless days of heat, warmth and sunlight and a time of rest from academic work and a rhythm better suited to colder days. However, I also receive many letters from readers asking about a rhythm to the days, about what to do with sibling bickering, should they continue doing circle time with smaller children…what to do, what to do.
I used to not plan for summer at all and was content to let the endless days of swimming here in the Deep South unfold. However, the older my children have gotten, and the more children we have had, it was clear some bit of rhythm was being craved by all. Having a simple framework for when at home in the summer can be a big help towards staving off any summer bickering and a relief to children to know they have long stretches of time to play, but also special things to do, even at home that makes special summer memories.
For my youngest little three year old, I am thinking of having a small circle time of songs and fingerplays and footplays three days a week, along with a story this month. We have been doing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for almost a month now, which is still well-loved and enjoyed, so that will be the story I will continue. My older children enjoy time for crafting, preparing for festivals, painting and baking, and all of us enjoy time to be with friends. I look at what days we will be home and what days we will be out. I also look at what days we will swim, what days we will be with friends and are there any days of the week in which we may just be home (no swimming and no friends to play with but just a good ole’ family day). I also use this summer time for things I mentioned a few posts back on a Simplicity Monday – decluttering, planning for fall homeschooling, and regular cleaning and cooking.
We have had an expansive time of summer so far with travel and horse camp, so this coming week will be a week to settle into summer and being home. A sweet summer circle and story, crafting, Father’s Day preparations, and baking, along with lots of swimming and being with friends, should round out the week nicely.
If you are interested in ideas for summer, here are a few back posts that you may find enjoyable:
And the famous July Doldrums! http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/07/31/down-and-out-the-july-doldrums/ and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/07/05/the-july-doldrums-again/
Can’t wait to hear all of your wonderful ideas and plans for summer!