Are you all excited that July is almost here? We are having an amazing summer, although I do have a secret fear that July is just going to fly by and then it will be August (and in the Deep South, August = school beginning again!)
What are you doing to celebrate summer in the Northern Hemisphere? How are my Down Under family doing? Love seeing everyone’s celebrations on Instagram – don’t forget that The Parenting Passageway is over there now! Come find me!
So, this July, here are the things we are celebrating:
4- Independence Day
22- Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene
25- Feast Day of St. James the Apostle
26- Feast Day of St. Anne and St. Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Are you thinking about summer menu planning? I have a back post on July Menu Planning to grab!
I am looking forward to sunflower festivals, catching fireflies, being in the pool and lake and at the beach.
Things to Do With Children:
- Fourth of July decorating; patriotic crafts
- Find traditional patriotic American music to listen to!
- Go to Independence Day parades!
- Sunflower crafts
- Drying herbs and making things from herbs
- Picking produce; canning and preserving
- Earth looms and weaving could be lovely; see my summer Pinterest board for even more craft ideas
Things for the Home:
- Going through the school room or school area and cleaning out
- Ordering art supplies and new resources for the next school year
- Making new seasonal things for the home
- Changing out toys if you are on a toy rotation for smaller children
First of all, a HUGE thank you to all the readers I had consultations with this June! It was incredible to talk to people from all over North America! I love you all and it was my pleasure to talk to everyone! I hope everyone is pulling together their planning! If you still would like some help, I will be over at Wonder of Childhood and Get Organized: Sketch It Out! e-course with Lisa Boisvert McKenzie! Also offering consultation slots for those participants! This will be fun and exciting! If you want a consultation, I can fit a few more into July so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your needs!
So, as for my own planning…..My personal goal always includes having 75 percent of my planning done by the end of July. I am about 60 percent done planning third grade. I have two of our high schooler’s courses in the planning works (11th grade, and these two courses are essentially things we are adding on to Oak Meadow’s World History and Chemistry courses), and I haven’t really started on 8th grade yet but it’s all in my head! So, by the end of July, hopefully the vast majority will be done! I can only plan an hour or so a day, usually first thing in the morning, so I have to be happy with what I get. ❤
We are taking several trips in July, and I am starting to see a few pediatric physical therapy patients again after a break from formal patient work for quite some time. It is going to be a busy and full school year to come, but I am planning on jumping on it like riding a bull this year! Hang on and finish! LOL.
Would love to hear how you are doing!
Blessings and love,