Summertime spells fun in the sun, family vacations, and of course, bar-b-que, because what's summer without at least one bar-b-que?! Although there are a lot of things to look forward to during the summer, like the 4th of July, highly anticipated movie releases and pool days. Most children, mine included, look forward to no school and having the opportunity to stay up a tad bit later than their normal bedtime.
I'm all for fun and making lasting memories but I also have the philosophy that learning never stops, especially for my school-aged children. Some of the best memories can be made while learning especially if the atmosphere is engaging and interactive. When school ends for the summer I ensure I have a good blend of summer activities mixed with a level of learning and focus on preparedness for the next school year. You are allowing a huge disservice to your children if you don't require that they have any form of educational stimulation just because school is in recess and it's summer break. Learning truly does begin at home and as your child's first teacher, summer doesn't mean education should stop.
Learning and fun definitely go together. Some ways to successfully prepare your child for the next school year by blending the two are:
No matter your destination, the thought of traveling with young children can be overwhelming, and the much-anticipated trip can quickly turn into an anxiety attack waiting to happen if you think about all the things that can or will go wrong if you're being honest. Whether by plane, car, bus, or train, the key to traveling with children is trying to anticipate the needs and wants of your children before your journey. Older children are usually much more self-sufficient and can entertain themselves with handheld gaming devices, smartphones/ tablets or chapter reading. I'm talking children about 7 and under who might have a hard time being forced to sit still for extended periods of time.
When I was younger, I was a great big ball of energy and my mother regularly would tell me to go play in the yard to " burn energy". I enjoyed being able to run free and explore. Even if your children aren't as energetic, it is so tough for younger children to be restricted or confined to one area; so traveling and being confined to a small area can be tough for them and you.
I've done my fair share of travel with little ones, being a mother of three, all aged 6 and under by the way so I I think I have hassle-free travel down to a tee.
Here are some tips for hassle-free load traveling with children:
One of my greatest joys in life is being with my family. They show me so much love, it's an honor and privilege to be a mother and a wife. I'm grateful to be a sister, daughter, and friend. This is a space inspired by the journey and the things I've learned over the years....it hasn't been that long so bear with me. Proverbs 17:6 " Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers."