It was less than a month ago that our school district announced that it was going to shorten the school year by a week. While I could go on and on about the sad state of education in Idaho (specifically) and the US (in general), I will spare you my ranting today.
Instead...I have been trying to make a plan for the upcoming summer. I don't just want summer to be a time of TV and Video Games. I want to make the summer productive and this means planning. Here are some of my summer plans/inspirations:
1. Summer Goals Program:
First of all...if you are trying to figure out to do with your kids this summer, hurry on over to Amazon and buy this book...
Lorraine Alldredge will teach you how to incorporate a summer goals program into your summer plans. It is something that will take planning, but it will help you make plans for your children to accomplish a lot during the summer. Her ideas are simple and have been tested on her large family. It works for everyone too since she discusses adapting to all ages of children. I know Lorraine, she is one of my heroes and she really has figured out a lot about raising great kids.
This is a big part of my summer plans. I can't wait to help my children accomplish goals such as: learning how to make their beds perfectly ;), sweeping floors, memorizing short poems or scriptures, reading books, cooking simple things they can enjoy, and more! After accomplishing all their goals, we will plan a special family reward for meeting the summer goals (Lorraine stresses it doesn't have to be something really big, it can be as simple as a fun camping trip, or a special dinner out)
2. Weekly Field Trips
I'm hoping that I can arrange some kind of fun day trip once a week with my kiddos. Hopefully I will always be able to find at least one other family to go with us (which will make it even more exciting for my kids) and my plan is to take short day trips to scenic or historic places of interest close to us, visit the museum, the zoo, etc. I'm trying to get a list of places to go because I know if I don't get this one planned, it just won't happen.
3. Gardening and Growing
I can't wait to get working on my yard. There is something wonderful about it that I just can't describe. I'm excited to get my kids involved in it this year. They probably won't love learning to pull weeks and pick up rocks, but there is just something good about having the kids help in the garden and this year they are both old enough to appreciate the vegetable garden that I am planning. Nothing takes quite like peas fresh from the garden (no cooking required for this deliciousness!).
So...those are a few of my ideas of what we are going to be doing this summer. Now...I need all of your help. I still want more ideas! So...please, please, please make a comment and tell me what you are planning to do this summer with your kids. Do you have favorite websites for activities you do with your kids? Do you live around here, what are some of your favorite places to visit? Let me know! Or write a post about what you are going to do with your kids this summer and then make a comment on this post telling me where to find it. If you have been lurking, I'd be so happy if you'd de-lurk and give me some more ideas! Please people, don't let me down here! :)