Busy and Hot Summer Days
June was a busy month for us with three weeks of summer camps and a lot of workload for my husband and me. Smarty actually had less free time than she usually does, because she was signed up for full days in case we were not able to pick her up earlier. On most days she was home at around 4 pm – happy, but also exhausted after having spent time outside during our heat wave. Not surprisingly, she didn’t want to do much in the afternoon but to be left alone and to “be free to do what she wanted”.
Free Summer Nights
Some kids love lack of structure and do amazingly well in self-directed environment, but Smarty is not that child, at least not when she is on her own. She didn’t spend much time in any creative pursuits. All she wanted to do was either to read or to play on the computer where she still has a limit of 30 minutes a day for play and 30 minutes a day for learning. No learning was taking place as she only wanted to unwind with games. I think it was OK for these 3 busy weeks, and I wonder how the balance will shift in July where her next 3 weeks will be a lot less structured – first with her grandparents in New Jersey, then with her father who takes 2 weeks off for their traditional "Papa-daughter summer staycation".
70 Must-Know Word Problems, Grade 5”. Smarty actually enjoys them quite a bit, once she wrapped her mind around the fact that I am not expecting her to solve them without my help. I am hoping to maintain this kind of “freedom” and “structure” balance during the busy weeks, so we have some time to connect together and some time for Smarty to maybe tap into her own creative flow that goes beyond her desire to fill her day with books.
How does summer balance look like in your house?
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