My kids didn’t want school to end. In fact, the last week of school, every DAY they’d say with a sigh how much they were going to miss school. As school got out, I’m shoved handfuls of books (pictured below), watercolored papers (pictured further below), bits of yard and half made whatnots from handwork class and phone numbers from various friends who expect to play together lots this summer. All the mama’s and papa’s hugging, saying their summer goodbyes. Parents taking pictures of students with teachers and teachers with students. In the Waldorf curriculum the teacher stays with the class all the way up to 8th grade. So it’s not a very long goodbye but the milestones between each year are special and need to be recorded. I unfortunately forgot and had to track down my teachers later, forcing picture moments on them like the good parent I am.
My kids each came home with a book, the spirals removed and sewn together to create a years worth of memories and teachings they will never forget. I’ve saved school papers before we went to this Waldorf-Inspired charter school, and they are quite plain compared to these brightly colored creations.
…. so my whole reason for this post is the question that’s been looming in my head the whole month of May, WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY CREATIVE CHILDREN THIS SUMMER? How can I compete with this?! My paints aren’t this bright?! I have a mini-ache in my back when the glue and glitter are pulled out!
My kids are so much happier if I’ve got a plan. Even if the plan isn’t taken to the level we were hoping for, there is a PLAN.
Every week will have a theme.
Every week will have a drawing lesson (I will do a future post about my drawing lessons)
Every week will have a craft or activity and something to bake.
Now I’ve got something to pull out when the time comes. And the time is usually first thing after breakfast so they feel loved and inspired. After that I can say “go play” and they’re like “ok”.
Disclaimer: I have not successfully gotten through a week yet and I’ve twisted my knee and ankle… so my expectations to achieve these goals are LOW. But it was fun paroosing on Pinterest.
Week 1: Fairy Week (I wrote the theme on our chalkboard, they liked that)
Make a small fairy garden, bubble wands and bubbles, and fairy looms
Bake cereal bars
Week 2: Maps and Exploring
Make play dough worlds (we use plastic flowers and leaves to create jungles), cut USA map out of fabric (I will use this for a future project), make each other a gift to go into a treasure box.
Write out a treasure map and hide treasure at Grandma’s house. At the end of summer we’ll go dig up this “treasure” and see what we made each other. (hopefully won’t be eaten by bugs)
Week 3: Camp Out
Make hobo dinner and campfire cones, best tent competitions, sleep out in the tree house, water blob
Bake pop tarts
Week 4: America (or as my husband patriotically says, “Merica”)
Finish sewing USA quilt, Library research a president, paint a big sheet the USA flag and hang for the 4th
Make spinach balls
Week 5: Rainbows
Paint the fans in our house, Tie Die T-shirts, cornstarch painting, yard twister
Bake miniature pies
Week 6: Space and Stars
Paint styrofoam balls into planets, put together and hang planet mural, study the stars, sponge star water fight
Bake cinnamon swirl bread
Week 7: Textures and Shapes
Puffy paint on black paper, weave ribbon and plants between two logs outside, foamed soap play in pool,
Bake bread shapes
Week 8: Pirates!
Fizzy Mud play, design and make flags for your own ship, layered liquid experiment
Go on a pirate adventure (dig up the treasure you hid at the beginning of summer)
Bake cheesy crackers
Hope your summer is full of color, dirt, and inspiration!