Family Learning and Summer Fun
Summer is underway, and the challenge for entertainment and creative activities for the family is a burden that is likely adding more stress to an already stressful situation. Here in Arizona, we are again dealing with closures and restrictions, as the COVID-19 positive numbers continue to climb. Are you experiencing more restrictions where you live? Or are things finally opening up again?
I had gotten so sick and tired of hearing my kids yelling at each other. “Stop touching me!” “Get out of my room!” Can you relate?
How can we entertain our children and keep our sanity? It is so important to break up the routine and bring in time for exploration and imagination. If your family has been working on a decluttering project together and needs a break, use an outing as a reward for a job well done! When you get back, you and your family will be refreshed and ready to tackle another project you’d like to get done!
We found an amazing farm, Blue Sky Organic Farms, right in our backyard, thanks to our local TV news channel. FOX 10 Phoenix has been featuring local businesses and has helped us find new things to do. There are so many treasures around us that are overlooked. Look around and see what local businesses, farms, trails, etc. you can explore!
There is nothing like fresh air and nature for a positive boost both physically and mentally. You will see your frustrations and maybe even your children’s attitudes melt away. Go out as long as it is safe to do so. You may not be able to do your once normal routine, but you can find something to do. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your mental health or your children’s mood is to say, “Okay! That’s it! We are getting in the car and going for a drive!” If you don’t know where to go, just go! Pack a picnic lunch or grab a special treat on the way.
Blue Sky Organic Farms, located in Litchfield Park, AZ, was wonderful. They gave us lettuce so we were able to feed the goats, which was so entertaining! My six-year-old daughter loved our mini field trip to the farm and was ready to go back the next day! My thirteen-year-old son was unimpressed and was too cool to feed the animals.😂 If you have more than one child, you will have to vary activities so each child will get enjoyment and value.
As a homeschooling family, we believe the world should be our classroom. When you are finding activities for your children or just doing daily tasks, ask yourself, “What am I teaching them?” “What life lesson can I incorporate into this?” “What subject is applicable to what we are experiencing right now?”
We were able to purchase some delicious collard greens to cook at home. 🤤😋 Speaking of cooking, are you trying to stay healthy while you are spending more time at home? I keep seeing memes on social media of people stress-eating or feeding their emotions. Sometimes it is good, within reason, to allow yourself the pleasure of giving into a craving. But overall, you will find that healthy eating will be so much more nourishing, and give you the energy and brainpower you need so badly right now. It will also help boost your family’s immune systems.
Make cooking fun! Each week, pick a day to try a new recipe with your family. Now here’s the fun part. Get your family involved! Have one person chop the veggies, while another measures, etc. Make sure the kids get involved. Your children will feel a sense of pride knowing they helped prepare the meal, and they just might be more likely to eat it too! If everyone loved the recipe, add it to your family recipes. Before you know it, you will have a binder full of family-loved meals. In the future, it will make meal-planning quick and delicious, when you can pick from a tried and true favorite. Do you have a go-to favorite recipe that everyone loves?
Our next goal is to find a local farm where we can pick strawberries! There is nothing like freshly picked strawberries. We are working on growing our own little garden at home, so farms are extra exciting right now! Delicious produce takes a lot of dedication and hard work, and so does raising the wonderful people we all want our children to bloom into.