I am in planning mode, people. Like mega-big-time planning mode. Think calendars, research, label making, and three dry erase boards. Yes, it's The Camp Mom Scheduling Pow-wow. Those in attendance: me, myself and I...and now you all. The key to Camp Mom: having enough organization yet flexibility to make summer days interesting, semi-educational, and most of all, fun. Right, nothing like an easy task ahead, eh?
I'm kind of brainstorming here, raining my thoughts down on the page, so to speak. Maybe if I toss it all out there, some sort of framework will magically appear. Sooooo, here are a few totally random ideas on what I'm planning for the rest of the summer with Kiddo:
-- Gardening. Many an educator say this is a great long-term project for any kid, any family during the summer. Planting, tending to it, charting the growth, figuring ways to use what sprouts up are all fabulous hands-on elements that provide some cool discoveries. Okay, this is a little tough since we live in an apartment, but when we go to visit my parents, we can tackle some outdoor planting.
-- Become a "master." Pick something, anything, that you and the kids want to learn. A new language? Playing the piano? Knowing all of the 50 states and the capitals? Whatever it may be, make it a goal to complete by the time school rolls around and figure out times each day to work toward that goal. What are we going to master? I'm kind of digging the states idea.
-- Daily themes. Kids love routine, so I'm making one for my daughter for the days of the week. I'm thinking like Wonder Wednesday (where I have a bunch of crazy, cool, in-depth questions in a jar and she chooses one and we figure it out all day), Monday Makers (building, crafting, what have you), or Touring our Town Tuesday (where we head out somewhere in the city, to a museum or something).
-- Room Redo. Since Kiddo turned seven, she's outgrown her old room décor a bit (yeah, we still have up some stuff that was hanging in her nursery). I'm pondering that, together, we research some fun DIY projects to give her room a makeover. Not only will it fill the days, she can look at the finished product and feel accomplished in what she's done.
What is on your Camp Mom schedule this summer?