The outbreath of summer with its golden days, sultry heat, blue skies, dragonflies and bumblebees, and festivals is one of my favorite seasons of the year. However, sometimes summer with children can have a bit of a bumpy entry (adjustment) or a bit of fatigue in the middle (lack of balance, sibling bickering!)
One of the things I think summer really needs is time and space, but also a skeletal structure to provide a little inbreath and outbreath; a little balance. Children often run full tilt outside all summer long, and sometimes even just having a little grounding in the morning with chores and a small circle (for younger children) or artistic activity (for older children), and a pause in the middle of the day for physical rest can be helpful and nourishing.
I like to plan some anchor points with crafts for festivals over the summer. You can see some of my ideas here on my Summer Pinterest board, along with ideas specifically for June, July, and . These are months for creating a magical summer! This back post by guest poster Christine Natale has many wonderful ideas for creating great summer memories. I also wrote a post about celebrating summer with small children if you are looking for something specific to the Early Years.
One thing to plan for includes summertime bickering. I find bickering between siblings can be at its height during the summer, and it is good to have a plan to deal with this so you are not caught off guard!
Lastly, consider summer stories and your summer nature table. These can add a stabilizing, calming influence to your summer plans.
Off to enjoy a day of fun in the sun myself,
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