I don't know about you, but when we hit the school breaks and screech into summer, the lull and freedom and ensuing chaos get on my nerves right quick. It doesn't take but maybe three or four days and then I'm ready for a summer routine.
Part of that routine is our Circle Time, where we gather everyone at the table after breakfast (usually) and do some things together. It's gotten tougher over the years as kids get older, but then I don't expect teens to jump in unless they want to or I've asked them to do something specific, like teach an art lesson or take the younger ones on a nature walk or bake cookies, or whatever.
Here's what we have planned for this summer:
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- Our current devotional is Discovering Jesus in Genesis. It's on the level of the 3rd grader, but the 6th grader is politely listening. I told her in advance that it would be too young for her but that she and I could both be reminded of truths and be encouraged to think about things if we would be willing to listen for God's voice.
- My three elementary kids like crafts and art and want to engage in those activities at a pace with which I cannot keep up! We'll be finishing some of the projects from our Pinterest crafts board because, you know, life happened and we didn't get around to every single one. You, too?
- A little bit of math.
Two more things:
1. I created a summer 10 Verses Copywork for Summer printable a few years back and want to share it again. It's free and you can use it over and over again. Click the image to get to the download!
2. Let your kids create some sort of goals or bucket list. I always encourage them to think about spiritual goals, reading goals, and fun goals.
3. If you created a Pinterest crafts board for your kids this year, would you share yours in the comments?