How fast the school year goes! It’s hard to believe the end of the school year has arrived and with it, the joys of summer! Enjoy your summer filled with family, fun and friends with each providing wonderful learning experiences for your children. Those of us at BCS look forward to a variety of plans that include travel, professional learning, graduate classes and some simple rest and relaxation. For parents, summer vacation can be fraught with anxiety as the regular daily schedule comes to a grinding halt. Losing that basic sense of structure to the day can initially seem daunting. Too quickly however, the summer can become as hectic as the school year, with camp, swimming lessons, sports, and vacations. Before your child’s summer schedule is full, consider a few alternatives that allow you to spend time having fun together as a family, instead of apart as individuals. Some of these don’t even require a deposit, registration, reservation or carpool! Think back to your own childhood and those memories you hold most dear. They invariably involve time spent doing things together with those about whom you most care.
- Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy one of the parks.
- Read the books outside with your child under a shaded tree.
- Take a few “mystery trips,” guided only by your child’s sense of adventure. Stay off the highways and let your child decide when and where to turn, what to see, and where to eat.
- Write and illustrate a book together.
- Visit the Detroit Zoo, the DIA, GreenfieldVillage, The Henry Ford, the CharlesH.WrightMuseum of African American History or the DetroitScienceCenter.
- Take a train ride from Birmingham or Dearborn to the western part of our great state.
- Get back to the basics – bake a cake from scratch, make fresh lemonade, go berry picking, etc.
- One rainy morning, have a family breakfast in bed and watch a good movie.
- Make tents out of blankets on a rainy day.
- Let your child empty his/her “piggy bank”, count the change and see what they will buy.
- Make a time capsule and bury it in your garden.
- Go through your child’s old toys, winter clothes and books, and donate unused items to a charity.
- Take a nature walk and let your child take photographs.
- Sit outside with your child and count the sounds you hear: dogs, cars, ice cream truck, crickets, birds, frogs, children playing, etc.
- Write a note to your child’s teacher, and thank her/him for a great year!
- Think of all the other things you can do to spend quality time as a family!
Some of these suggested activities you can experience with your family even align with our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 Summer Packets. Also, you can check out my blog where I’ve listed Keith Ferrell’s “48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids” that you can have your child explore as needed.
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of our staff, students, and parents for helping make BCS such an amazingly caring and dedicated community of learners. A very special thank you to those staff, students, and parents who are leaving us, and best of luck to each of you in the future and may your endeavors continue to be successful ones. Finally, thank you to our entire BCS community for helping my mid-year transition to this great place. Though it’s only the first days of summer, I stand ready for a great 2013-14 school year full of learning for all!