In fact, the May ending was one of the biggest selling points to my kids (not that the idea of being at home, learning what they want, when they want wasn’t enough!) – the knowledge that they could be done with their school year weeks before public school kids thrilled them to no end.
It’s early May now, and that means we’re beginning to wind down and prepare for summer. Our days are becoming both more relaxed and yet busier. There are a few things that need to be finished up before we call it quits for a few months. Things that, if left unfinished, would require starting over entirely (for example, finishing our reading of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) in September – not something any of us want.
Yet, even as we want to hurry up and finish, the lazy heat of summer has already begun to hit us, and we find ourselves feeling less and less motivated to get started and power through our day.
We have got 2-3 weeks left – depending on motivation, and when exactly we finish up the tasks that must be finished. I will admit, the rain that was so consistent this last week has been a rather wonderful help in finishing up. With no rush to get outside, we’ve spent that time working.
This summer is going to be a bit different than summers past, though. The kids had been attending a week long summer day camp the last couple of years, put on by our local sheriff’s department. However, after the election of a new sheriff last November, they are no longer doing any kind of summer camp. The camp was held on the grounds of a church, and that church is hosting their own summer camp, but it’s a Bible study camp. Aside from the fact that I’m not comfortable with my kids being so involved in religious activities when they aren’t even completely sure what they believe yet, the camp itself would be from 6 A.M. to 6 P.M.
One of my kids, my youngest, is my late sleeper. Like me, he doesn’t want to get out of bed until it’s absolutely necessary. Though he initially insisted he wanted to go to this camp, I think it’s now begun to sink in that he would have to get up very, very early – and that thought does not thrill. When I then went on to point out the fun things they would miss out on (movies, bowling, the beach, swimming in our pool), it began to lose more and more of its appeal and they’ve now concluded that maybe they don’t really want to go after all. Their decision at this point is “maybe next summer.” Works for me – we can revisit the idea next year.
I’m looking for cheap or free things to do this summer. We have our usual plans that we do with friends every summer: bowling, movies, visits to the beach. I’m thinking a fishing trip or two, maybe some hiking, and…well, I’ll find some more ideas. Kite flying would be fun, but with lightning and how quickly our summer storms can brew, I’m not sure my kids are up for a first hand experience at how electricity was discovered. lol
What do you do during the summer? Do you just enjoy the long, slow days, lazing at home? Do you run out and find things to do? If you find things to do, what do you do? Do you have special activities that you only do during the summer or do you simply take advantage of the long days in order to spend more time doing things you do year round?