Oh, What Do You Do In The SummertimeWritten by Glynis Neves
"Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by?
Do you swim in a pool to keep yourself cool, or swing in a tree up high?
Do you march in parades, or drink lemonades, or count all the stars in the sky?
Is that what you do? So do I." - Dorothy S. Andersen
The signs of summer are popping up all over lately: daylight lasts longer, lawns are being mowed, children in my neighborhood are clamoring to play "night games." All these things mean summer to me. But the summertime symbol that my children look for is the open sign at our local snow cone shack, Snoasis.
For my kids, a trip to Snoasis means that summer is definitely here! They can't wait for that first taste of syrup covered ice. Truth be told, I look forward to it, as well. It's just a happy time when you get that first taste of ice cold sweetness!
Summer, however, can also be a time that slips away. If we're not careful, our children will spend the hot summer days in front of a television, or a computer, or a smart phone. All of those things are good... in moderation, but we should be careful about the amount of time we let our kids "veg out."
To combat this, my husband and I have come up with a summer schedule for our kids (thank you, Pinterest!). Here's how our summer is shaping up:
Make Something Monday - This will be a day for crafts or projects. My kids have planned to build a signpost for our front yard with their favorite literary locations noted.
Time To Read Tuesday - On this day, we'll plan a trip to the library, pack a picnic lunch, and spend time in the park reading our newly checked out books!
What's Cooking Wednesday - Each of my children will be assigned a dish for our dinner that night. We'll look at recipes, talk about bargain shopping, and spend the day making a meal for Daddy.
Be Thoughtful Thursday - This will be a day of service. Each week we'll choose a "friend in need" and do something to help. It could be letters written, yard work done, plates of goodies dropped off, etc.
Somewhere Fun Friday - Each Friday will be devoted to getting out of the house. We'll take in a movie, go for a hike, visit a museum, go fishing, or find something else to do.
My hope is that by giving some structure to their summer, my kids will be able to keep their minds and bodies active. Cross your fingers! This could be the best summer ever! Oh, and I'm sure that trips to Snoasis will feature prominently!
What ideas have you come up with to keep your family active this summer? Camping, family reunions? Tell us how you are spending your time this summer! Download our Summer Story Starter to help you get started!
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