This year we enter some new territory. Samantha has summer off. Completely. No school. It’s a first for us since she started preschool four years ago. Our preschool holds classes all but one week in the summer. It serves as a daycare essentially and we always sent Sammy unless we were traveling ourselves.
This Spring, when I realized Sammy would have nothing to do for nine weeks, I panicked. What was I going to do with her? She’d be bored and bugging me to do stuff and I didn’t think it would be a good scene. Plus, she needed to socialize and what if all her friends were away for most of the summer? Nope, not going to work.
So I decided to do some summer camps with her. I already wrote about her Mandarin Immersion camp that is a thinly veiled spy training camp. Today, she’s starts another camp called Everything Girly. They do girly crafts and bedazzle things and have a pajama party the last day of camp. There are also two field trips in two weeks. It’s Monday through Friday, 9-3. After that and the Mandarin camp, she’ll take twice weekly swimming lessons for three weeks.
Then one of her classmate’s mom’s told me about a dance school nearby. I’ve been looking to get all three girls in dance because at least Sam and Ella have been asking. So I thought, why not? It’s not like we’re doing anything else this summer. (ha!) So, dance starts tomorrow, once a week. Penny’s in a toddler class that does tap and ballet. Sam and Ella will be taking a Princess dance class where they will learn dance while learning on of the princes (or princess like) ballets (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, etc.). The school sounds very play based, with costumes incorporated in every class, so I hope it will be fun for them.
Me though? I’m a little worried I may have overdone it a little. We’ll see if we all survive this summer. Mostly we’ll see if I survive all the driving. And here I was looking forward to no school so I wouldn’t have to do so much driving every day.
Are your kids doing summer camp(s) this year? Have you found a balance between having some time off but not getting bored (or driving you crazy)?