My son has never known summer

Christopher has been in daycare since he was 11 weeks old, and I went back to work full time. I never even considered staying home with him. I knew I couldn’t handle it. I like working, and I need adult interaction. But he has been in daycare/school full time all year round for almost 6 years. He doesn’t even know what summer vacation is!

Since he’s in kindergarten this year, and summer means a break from traditional school, I really didn’t want to stick him into full time daycare for the summer. Because even though they take field trips once or twice a week, daycare is still a school-like environment. It’s inside a classroom for most of the day, with tables and chairs. With coloring sheets. With rainbow carpets and bookshelves.

Halloween Party at daycare 2014.

I wanted him to have a break from learning. A break from structure. A break from any sort of instruction. We’ll still read over the summer, but otherwise, he’s so far ahead that I think he deserves a rest from academics. I just want him to have fun. To enjoy the outdoors. To experience nature and freedom. And summer! Like I did when I was a kid.

Unfortunately, Jim and I still have to work full time, so I found two entirely recreational options for him. They’re not 100% outside, but he will at least be playing all summer long. For most of the summer he’ll be going to the day camp at our fitness club. They will play in the gym, do crafts, go on field trips, and go swimming…in the new outdoor pool! (That was the selling point really.)

Then for one week in July he’ll go to YMCA day camp, where they will spend the majority of the time outside learning about nature until they go swimming, which is inside because this is WI, and outdoor pools are pretty rare.

I was a crazy mess in March trying to plan Christopher’s summer schedule. I was stressing about him getting bored if he spent too many weeks in the same program. I went back and forth about including daycare for some weeks as well, but in the end, I am very happy with my choices. (He’ll actually be attending a week of STEM camp at his school in June, so I squeezed a little academics in – but it’s science and invention, so it should be super fun.)

Hopefully this summer goes well. I want him to get a nice break before he’s back at it in the fall.

Taking school supplies to open house – August 2015.

When do your kids finish school? What will they be doing this summer? 

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  1. Your are an awesome Mom… Planning so creatively and with such thought! I will do my best to be part of the plans next summer when our houses aren't all in flux!

    1. Aww. Thanks, Mom. šŸ™‚ Yes, I haven't told Christopher yet that he doesn't get to come stay with you for a week. He'll be a little bummed, but I'm hoping PC is so fun that he won't mind too much.

  2. Sounds like such an amazing plan for summer!! My kids are a bit younger and I am home but I have them in a day camp 2 days a week to be around other kids and have fun without me. Plus they each go to a little gym class once a week to get some more energy out. I love getting them outside as much as possible the rest of the time.

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