There is lots of info out there about kindergarten readiness, or the things to do the summer before kindergarten. However, what about just enjoying the summer and making the most of the last few months now? The last couple of months of the babies being infants. (Well, let us be honest they will be your infants forever). This summer is the last before kindergarten, but once you know it, it’ll be your final before faculty.
1. Kindergarten Sleepover
Kids love finding new places and making adventures. In addition they love making their particular adventures. Rent connecting hotel rooms together with your very best mom-friends and their kiddos to make the night extra special. Research your town, visit fun parks, walk around, go on a shopping spree, hit up a batting cage or sports museum… That night get dressed up and go to dinner. Or order in and have pillow fights in the hotel. Whatever your kindergartner desires, do this! Make it a special night all about your kindergartner. They will love hanging at the hotel pool, watching late night movies, and giggling with their pals.
Bonus: you can enjoy a glass of wine or two with your mom friends, while listening to the laughter of your kiddos. Hashtag best sleepover ever.
2. Summer Reading Programs
Reading with your child is a unique bonding activity for only you and him/her to enjoy together. Most local libraries or your college have a summer reading incentive program. These plans provide things like free food, gift cards, or tiny rewards for completing a certain amount of reading with your child. Reading opens up so many doors into the future, so grab a book and revel in cuddling up with your kindergartner for their last summer.
In our technology rich world, it’s so important to take some opportunity to unplug and deactivate in our busy lifestyle. What better way to do this, than to go on a camping excursion. If you are not quite up to full on camping, consider going on a rise or a nature walk. One can deactivate from their busy life and concentrate on only your little one. Watch the stars, enjoy nature, and learn more about the unknown; time is fleeting. Connect with all the world that’s larger than them, compared to you, than us all. Remind them of the beauty the world has to offer them. This really is a large wide world, and it is awaiting them.
Want the experience of a sleepover camp, but not ready to send your “baby” off alone? Try a family camp. They provide a great bonding atmosphere while exploring the great outdoors. Think of a camp activity and you can do it, archery, horseback riding, sailing, the possibilities are endless.
Mom/Dad and Me Camps
Perhaps you have additional younger kids and can not get the entire family away, a second choice is Me and Mom Camps or Dad and Me Camps. These provide unique one on one bonding time with just your pre-kindergarten. The YMCA has several of those camps to offer.
4. Explore the Arts
The more you open up their mind about the planet, the more they can learn from it. These can be anything in a local art gallery to a Broadway play. Expand your child’s mind and expose them to different cultures through the arts. Various exhibits, plays, and songs may help produce thought provoking questions. You and your child can discuss the vastness of earth and all the differences that make it exceptional. You may find out a thing or two about each other that you never realised before.
5. All the Questions
Most of us know our small ones are filled with endless concerns; flip the cards and ask them all sorts of questions. Questions — What they wish to do when they grow up? Why they are excited about kindergarten? What’s their favorite thing to do with you? What is the thing they would like to do most this summer? Have them draw a picture of themselves and write their name and age. Ask them anything, and then write down their answers and keep track of exactly what changes through the years.
6. Spend the Time
Most importantly: be together – talk, chat, love your child. They are about to take their first steps into the vastness of the world, their next steps into being independent big kids. Slowly but surely, they start needing you less and less, so make the most of this time together. Hold their tiny hands, embrace their hugs, shower them with love, let them know as they start their adventure you are there in the background still ready to kiss them when they fall, hug them when they have a bad dream, and read them their favourite story. Make the most of this summer, because time is the one thing we will never have enough of.