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.
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.
When do your kids finish school? What will they be doing this summer?
On the blog last year…