I love summer. I get so excited to plan our schedule. It's the only time of the year that I get to see my kids more than their teachers and get to decide how we are going to spend our time. I always associate summer with fun learning, probably because my mom was so good at filling our summer days with lots of learning. This summer were going to focus on science because 1. We bought a family pass to the American Museum of Natural History and can't wait to explore in detail each exhibit. 2. I'm really dumb when it comes to science and I'm not saying this in a trying to be modest tone. Really. Dumb. Ask Josh, he could tell you stories. I made it through my entire public school and college career with taking one science class. It's time I learned a little more. This summer we are planning
WEEKLY TRIPS TO:
the pool (Wilson's Waves is our favorite)
American Museum of Natural History
OCCASIONAL TRIPS TO:
the movies (love Bookworm Wednesdays! The kids bring a book report - you can print the form out here - and admission is free for a morning kids movie. The movies aren't new releases, but the excitement of seeing them on the big screen and having movie treats make up for that. I also love that there are no previews (shorter movie time) and lots of other kids. I don't love that they have some sort of raffle/giveaway each time because my kids are bummed when they don't win, but we'll just manage expectations before we go. Here's the schedule.)
Wave Hill (great children's programs)
other city destinations
Greenburgh Nature Center
Jonah's starting piano lessons and wants to learn to make cookies all by himself
Roxcy wants to learn to make dinner by herself, start to sew and program a video game using Scratch, a program developed by MIT for kids.
I'm hoping to encourage Colin's letter, color and number recognition skills.
Lots of science, reading and writing.
Edit: I forgot to link to a brilliant and inspiring article my mom wrote once upon a time about planning a summer to support family values and unity. I've included the link in the first paragraph. Or go to it here.