I used to read the posts about how to keep the little ones busy over the summer and thought "what's so hard?" I get it now. I sooo get it.
They LOVE school and really like getting out of the house, learning and playing with other children. It also gives them the opportunity to go to their own classrooms and be their own person individually rather than as the "Big Sister or "Little Brother."
When we were kids, we played outside all day with our neighborhood friends. Sometimes we went swimming, sometimes we had a school friend over or went to the movies on a rainy day, but we weren't entertained by our parents and we didn't need to be.
These days things are a bit different. The idea of letting my kids wander the neighborhood is terrifying, and it a good neighborhood! Traffic and not knowing our neighbors makes for a bad combo. There also aren't very many young families where we live.
They get bored. And, I am not even the one dealing with it. The kids spend the weekdays with my Mother and Mother in Law and I feel bad that I am putting it on them to keep them busy.
I don't like the idea of day care or full day summer camp (nor can we afford it - yikes!) so half day or week long summer camps and Bible Schools are good option for us.
One of the camps that I am totally impressed with is Think Like a Scientist. This is a local organization created by two inspiring teachers that have run a program out of local schools and now have their very own location!
Here's some information from the TLaS ladies:
These ladies are in high demand. Camps are filling up, their classes and parties (yes, science themed parties! I've been to one and it is the most organized, engaging and CALM children's party I have ever been to.) are expanding and preschools in the area are clambering to get them in their schools for the fall.
If you are in the Chester County area, look them up!