Summer is right around the corner, which means parents (like me) everywhere are rushing to fill the days with activities that will keep their children active and engaged.
My eldest son (Q), like so many kids, is eager for school to let out for the break but will be bored out of his little mind after 2 weeks. He will miss all of his friends and wish school was back in session. So, giving him a handful of things to look forward to over the summer.
My youngest son (M), thrives on routine and the summer break is a massive disruption to his life. He has his regular activities in summer, but they are spaced out differently and it throws things for a loop.
So, what’s on the agenda?
M will spend the month of July going to Extended School Year (ESY) for half-days Monday through Thursday to help ensure that he doesn’t lag behind on his skills in the fall.
M will also continue his weekly 1-on-1 speech and occupational therapy sessions at The Autism Project.
M will go to a special needs day camp 3-4 days each week when he is not in ESY. Q will go to 1 or 2 week-long day camps to spice up his summer.
The local YMCA camp offers shortened overnight camp weeks for new overnight campers, so we might sign Q up for that. We are going to an open house to test the waters with him first.
We have season passes to Six Flags America, so we will likely spend some time in their water park area here in MD during the summer vacation.
My husband and I will take a long weekend to get away from it all while grandparents watch the kids. In August, we might take a whole family trip somewhere fun, like Hershey Park in PA or Rehoboth Beach, DE.
I will try to do some math, reading, and writing with Q especially over the summer so that he hits 3rd grade up and running in September. He struggles the most with writing, so we will work on that.
Fourth of July brings parades/fireworks and the Fireman’s Carnival Fundraiser to the area. We will bust out the sprinkler or water balloons in the backyard. We will go to local parks and playgrounds. We will hit up a free Smithsonian museum in DC once or twice. Watch some movies on the couch. Go on adventures around the area…just for fun.