The Summer Expectations… and my inability to meet them

 

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.

waldorf book

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. sewing together books

…. 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! handmade work

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.

the 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)

Bake granola

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!

waldorf watercoloring

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Our Waldorf School

 

My kids are an inspiration to me!  Every step in this exhausting parenthood process is so full of inspiration, it’s exhausting!

Waldorf chalk boards

I’m so very thankful to our school.  It’s a Waldorf Inspired Public Charter (which there are not enough of them in this world) and it’s influence in our home was a perfect match.  Granted not all families are able to enjoy all the benefits of the Waldorf curriculum, but our family does.

bread and challah

The school requires so much art and enjoyment of natural learning from our girls that when they come home, it just oozes out of them.  In the form of paper scraps, and yard balls, and inventions, and rocks/mud/bugs/grass/stick life.

Oh the ooze!

Such a great community

Fall Front Door

acorn front door

My front door decor for the fall consists of a sporadic amount of pumpkins and this simple piece of chalkboard I found at a school supply store.  It costs me about $3 and all I added was a strip of ribbon taped to the back.  I sketched the anatomy of an acorn I found off of pinterest.   It’s been a fun thing to come home to!

acorn anatomy

Just ‘cuz

My husband and I went on a very last minute date with no moneys and no wheres to go… but when someone offers to take my kids so we can go on a date, I don’t give them those complaints.  So we grabbed our camera on the way out and wandered around town.  Twas a really fun experiment together!

The results:
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