I know that many of you count down the days to summer and anticipate the last day of school with unbridled bliss. While I’m going to miss the early morning smiles, laughter, and hugs of my children, nothing compares to a much-needed summer break!
My eyes filled with tears as my students left on the final day of school, but I shifted gears by brainstorming all the wonderful ways summer will rejuvenate me.
5) Sleeping late. Sleeping late in our house means until 6 or 7. That sounds early but not when my normal is 4:30. I like to make a little ceremony of changing my alarm setting. Last year, I commemorated the event with a screen shot and a post on Instagram. Can you relate?
4) Single Tasks. I can also call this just slowing down. I know it’s possible to focus on one task at a time in the classroom, but almost always it’s necessary to multi-task as a teacher. We teach, parent, create, and entertain, usually in a single moment. So I love the summer brain break. Our kids need it, and we need it.
3) Reading. Oh how I love a good book. I’m not able to indulge my reading habits consistently during the school year. There’s nothing like the summer to savor a favorite novel.
2) Family Vacations. Last summer we travelled to Universal Studios in Florida for a fun and memorable vacation. My son not only enjoys acting in the local children’s theater, but he also is HUGE movie buff. He almost cried when saw the James Stewart Hollywood Star.
With time constraints, our family will be enjoying a staycation this year. Admittedly, I was a little bummed at first, but I’m happy to have more time for a number 1 and all the other reasons summer is awesome!
1) Time with family. So many Facebook and Instagram feeds I see are tagged with lines such as “excited to spend more time with my babies!” My son turns 11 in September. He spends much of his free time reading Harry Potter and watching YouTube on his iPad. But he still enjoys our time together and I cherish it! This afternoon we’re going to the art supply store to begin our first craftivity together of the summer.
Whether you’re an avid summer worshipper or just an enthusiast, there’s always something to appreciate and enjoy about this well-needed respite to rejuvenate. What are your reasons for loving summer?