summertime

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summertime
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Mon, 05-03-2010 - 1:52pm
For the SAH moms, what do you "do" with your kids all summer, assuming they do not go to any camps?
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Registered: 07-12-2005
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 9:08am

I am a WOHM on maternity leave, but I have preschool-aged children. We cut their day care days down, and the first few weeks, they would get really bored at home. After getting a little sleep and thinking more clearly, I borrowed the day care schedule for the mornings we stayed home, and things got much, much better. A craft project (Target has a whole bunch of $2-$5 craft projects), story time, snack, go outside. Afternoons have been more free play or playdates or going out, but mornings i had to keep the routine similar or else the whole day would get off to a bad start.

Have a great summer!

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Registered: 07-17-2007
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 10:03am

When my boys were that young we did not do any camps either. We were also renovating our house and I was a newly sahp. I did long road trips.

I drove to my parents in NC for a week. Then we went to family in CT and NJ for almost two weeks. Then after a bit we went back to my parents for another week. In the in between time, we spent ALOT of time at the pool. They had swim lessons every day for two or four weeks (can't remember). I also took them to museums, zoo and other parks- a few every week. I learned where all the really good playgrounds were and we explored different ones all summer. The library had weekly things for their age groups and I signed up for every one.

I am a little confused because I thought your children were older. But I may be mixing you up[ with another poster with a similar name.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 10:23am

Most of the VBS programs around here start at 3 or 4 years.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 11:02am
Our church does a Pre-K and K class at VBS and then classes for younger children whose parents are volunteering. That is kind of the norm here, so kids who are going into Pre-K preschools in August can do VBS in July if the parents wish. Most of the 4 year olds love it. A few are not really ready.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 12:26pm

Most of the VBS programs around here have moved to evenings, 2-3 hours a night for a week.

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Registered: 04-14-2003
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 12:34pm

unless they are sleeping 12+ hours overnight,

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 1:00pm
We had the same issue only my Mom was a WOHM, single parent from the time I was nine until the time I was thirteen. I was the oldest kid and it was my job to get all the other kids to VBS on time. There were about ten churches within walking distance to our house and we went to all of them, too. We were so poor my Mom made us walk barefoot (but not in the snow, this was summer in southern California, lol, and it wasn't uphill both ways, either) and carry our shoes so they would last all summer without wearing out!
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Registered: 02-24-2010
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 1:04pm
When my kids were small, I did most of the things everyone else mentioned. What we most enjoyed though was going to parks. We belonged to a playgroup that met inside during the school year. In the summer we met at partks and it was a different park every week. It was fun to go to parks that we normally wouldn't and it was fun to do it with some friends.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 1:09pm

We did that! We tried out every park within reasonable walking/driving distance and then later I would let the kid pick which one to return to.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 4:41pm

I've been the VBS director for my church for the past two summers. We use a multi-age curriculum, but do not allow children under 4 to participate unless they have a parent or other family member over the age of 18 participating with them.


Unless there's a separate preschool curriculum (they do exist, but