I like to get my kids engaged in summer camps of interest. I love watching them develop new skills and form new friendships during their summer days. The opportunities are plentiful. This year our kids chose very different activities and workshops. They got involved in programming and writing codes for the games. You know how crazy popular Minecraft is. Well, this game craziness pushed them to explore something different and exciting like learning the programming language and techniques the real game-builders use in creating popular games for everyone in the world. The motivation to do that has been beyond a simple mention.
The other thing that kept them going was sports camps. The one we have been fans of for several years for one simple reason: they teach kids how to build skills they can use and apply for many different sports. This is something not many places have to offer. And in between, the days in this camp were filled with fishing expeditions, games, cooking, and building sportsmanship among all camp-goers. We absolutely love the leaders and the members of our Sports Camp!
Living in Florida, we can’t but love our trips to the beach. Loathed with sunscreen, equipped with sunglasses and hats, we all make it to the golden warm beaches of Southern Florida. Running, collecting shells and watching sea life – all that keeps us busy and very thankful for the opportunities we enjoy living in this part of the world.
We are starting our school in a week. Going through the must-haves for the new school year, I jotted down some of the important reminders to myself and my hubby to bring our spirit into a new school year schedule!
Here’s our Parental Back-To-School List:
• Set the kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day.
• Get the kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active – we plan it with our children.
• Hire an after-school sitter to help care for the kids while we are busy with work.
• Encourage our kids to plan their reading plans/books for the next few months. We’ve been reading at least 5 days a week while enjoying Summer!
• Reacquaint the kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.
• Try new apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork to help our kids organize assignments – need more time to explore these apps.
• Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they’re excited to use – we’ll still be using printed calendars along with some new tools .
• Set up weekly meetings to review our kids’ schedules for the week(s) ahead – we will test this approach and see what works.
• Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments – we already have one, do you?
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