My daughter was in a private school that ended in late June. Yet, now she is going to be going to a new school that starts in mid-August. Needless to say, her summer was short….too short. Before school starts, there are plenty of things we want and need to do. Here are some of the things on our back-to-school bucket list.
A Few More Days at the Beach
Since we live in Southern California, we can always go to the beach. However, I enjoy going to the beach in the morning in the middle of the week. It’s less crowded and a great way to beat the August heat. Before school starts, you should take a family trip to a beach, lake or river. Enjoy the summer sun while it lasts.
I always try to avoid stores the night before school starts. Instead, I start our back-to-school shopping early. We already have half of the school supplies we need along with new shoes. My mother-in-law was nice enough to buy my kids some new school clothes too. It’s nice being able to cross things off of the list.
Revisiting School Skills
We have been reading all summer and doing some language activities too. However, now that school is approaching, we are working on writing, sight words and a little arithmetic. I figure it doesn’t hurt to get into school mode a little early. Easing your child into some schoolwork will help him or her adjust to doing homework and get their brain ready for school.
Savor Summer Fruits
Apples, oranges and bananas are good. However, it’s those summer fruits like peaches, plums and watermelon that my family really loves. Berries, melons and stonefruits are just some of the fruit that are in season. You may be able to find raspberries in the off season. However, it’s likely they will be more expensive and not as good as in the summer.
Take Advantage of Free Summer Programs
Our community has special summer storytimes, movies and concerts in the park. Once school starts, there won’t be as many free events. It’s likely a lot of the public pools will close or reduce their hours.
Spend Time With Friends and Family
You may think: I do this year round. However, for me, once school starts, it becomes harder to coordinate schedules. And, once the flu season hits, it can take months before we can meet up with some of our friends and family. I know my daughter is itching to see some friends from her old school so I’m going to try to set something up. After all, they won’t be able to play with each other at recess anymore.
I suppose you could call this a summer bucket list. However, here in Southern California, it’s practically summer all year long.
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