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Surviving the Summer

by Ruth (reprinted with permission)

The final bell rings and excited children everywhere flee the school in happiness...this marks the start of the Summer Vacation. As children dream of this day quickly approaching, parents and caregivers look for help to keep the kids busy and to avoid hearing those dreaded words... "I'm Bored!"

Hopefully I can bring some ideas and insights to make this the 'funnest' summer yet. In the past I have planned and implemented a school-age program. I have also had school-aged children join my home childcare program with great success. I found the key was to have the older children help with the younger children whenever possible. They were given the opportunity to plan and implement a craft for the younger children once a week. They had full access to my circle time library and were able to choose books that they were comfortable reading to the others during story time.

I avoided naptime problems by alloting the first hour a quiet time - I had fun homework sheets, novels to read, quiet games to play. The 2nd hour was their time - every day was a different activity. One day was for web design - they were given the opportunity to plan and design a web page and I assisted with searching for the right graphics, page layout, and teaching them the needed HTML to create their page. They took turns designing on paper and typing their page at the computer. One day was for Nintendo/Computer Games. Another was Craft Day - I would have a craft box organized with different items each week - they could create their own and sometimes we worked on a special 'older kid' project. One day was movie day - I would provide popcorn and drinks and they chose a movie from a selected few. The fifth day was Games Day - I would set up stations of games they could play - changing the games each week.

Cool Crafts

Fun Days

In the summer, Friday was deemed our "special day". This helped the kids look forward to the end of the week and they were also kept busy during the week planning and getting things ready for the big day. Some days we have had in the past were: