Since many of our group-style activities were canceled last summer, my first instinct was to say yes to ‘all the things’ this summer. Camp, 4-H activities, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life, Violin camp, church activities, and on and on. I could easily have my children enrolled in something different all summer.
These activities are fun and wonderful in their own right. Many of them are educational or encourage spiritual growth. There is nothing wrong with participating in any of them and honestly, we are doing several over the course of the summer.
However, I realized pretty quickly that if I filled up our calendar with all of those structured activities I would be missing out on some of the best parts of summer.
When I started thinking about the memories that I wanted us to share this summer, my mind didn’t go to classes and structured activities.
I thought about hours spent playing in the pool and splashing in the sprinkler.
I thought about picnics on the front porch complete with plenty of juicy watermelon.
Friends coming over to play and fellowship together.
Lazy days at the river with sand in my toes.
Time spent together working in the garden and enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor.
Evenings spent relaxing on the front porch while the children entertain us with their instruments.
Curling up on the couch (or outside in the hammock) and reading good books together.
There is nothing wrong with having some structured activities in the summer. I am grateful that we can offer so many opportunities to our children. We just need to be careful to leave time for summer fun, creative exploring, and relaxing family times.
I want my children to look back and remember the fun times we had together. To learn to enjoy just being with friends and family without the pressure to always be doing something specific.
I am grateful that the country is opening back up and opportunities are available, I just don’t want to forget the positive lessons learned during our time at home last year.
There is much to be gained from quiet days at home and busy is not always better.
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Deals and Freebies
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Starting SOON! Check out these wonderful FREE summer courses from one of our favorites: Journey Homeschool Academy! We loved their biology course this year and are excited about the free summer courses. Summer Stargazing and Backyard Bugs
FREE Writing Conference, June 26th from IEW! They are a great writing program and have a lot to offer. This conference is completely free and all online!