I am so happy to see June arriving! June, the month of beautiful blue skies, time at the lake, popsicle-making, and fun.
Here are the festivals and feast days we are celebrating this month:
June 9 Feast Day of Saint Columba of Iona
June 10 Feast Day of Saint Ephrem of Syria
June 11 Feast Day of Saint Barnabas the Apostle
June 19 Father’s Day
June 22 Saint Alban
Some of you may also be celebrating:
June 14 Flag Day
June 20 Summer Solstice
Here are a few of my favorite things for small children:
Telling a summer story
Creating a summer nature table
Creating delicious memories for summer
Crafting a new seasonal rhythm
Here are a few of my favorite things for grades-aged children and teens:
For some photo inspiration, you can see pictures of our children doing our favorite summer activity here
Also, try the inspiration over at my Summer Pinterest board – I also have boards specifically for June, July and August.
Summer doesn’t have to be expensive or crazy for older children – try backyard camping, catching fireflies, hiking, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding for older children and teens, bowling, mini golf, and free community opportunities!
Here are a few ways I prepare for summer:
And because it seems to naturally occur in summer, I always try to think ahead about summertime bickering
I like to think about ways to increase the serenity in my family as I wrote about in this four-part series starting here
Summer feels like such a great time to me to go through the closets and drawers in the whole house. I love to get organized over the summer. However, this summer I am also focusing on my own clothes and shoes that I might need, as I usually tend to focus on everyone else.
Exercise and drinking water also are at the top of my list
Yup, that is there too…For sixth grade, I think I can finish in June. For ninth grade, since there will be three “track” classes (Spanish, Algebra I and Living Biology – but I am only teaching one of these myself), I talked with some other mothers and have decided to cut our blocks down to five blocks this year with the option to add on more at the end if we get those done. These are blocks that can combine with other blocks to make credit hours over the next year (or this current school year) and will hopefully give me time to work with our sixth and first grader. First grade and ninth grade planning are coming next, as soon as I am done with sixth grade.
How is summer going for you all? Would also love to hear from my Down Under folks – how is it heading into winter?
Lots of love,