It is hard to believe summer is nearly at an end. Of course, the season lasts until September 21, but the start of school makes it seem like the start of fall. So before summer of 2018 yields to autumn, let’s pause to appreciate this season.
You will need: a bowl or jar, slips of paper, pens, pencils, or crayons.
Place these in an easily accessible spot in your home.
Tell your family that you want to celebrate this summer and ask them to use the slips of paper to write down favorite activities and memories, then fold them up and drop them in the bowl or jar. (For toddlers and preschoolers ask them what they enjoyed and write it down for them on the slips. Before you drop the slips into the bowl or jar, read back to your child what you have written, pointing to each word as you read it to reinforce the one to one connection between the spoken and written word.)
Set a date for your celebration and encourage everyone to drop in at least one memory/favorite activity per day up until that date.
Plan Your Celebration
Maybe you want to plan a picnic. Maybe you want to plan a bar-b-que. However, you choose to celebrate solicit your family for suggestions of favorite summer foods to create a proper summer feast.
Celebrate Summer 2018
To celebrate, eat together and play together, and make time to read and discuss the slips of paper that have been placed in the bowl/jar.
- reflecting on which activities/memories the family liked best
- making note of things you want to repeat next year or try in a new way. (For example, if you visited one national park this year and enjoyed it, consider visiting a new one next year.)
- listing things you would like to do more often.
Enjoy each other.
If you are a scrap booker or photo album maker, you can use these slips in your layouts to better characterize this time in your family’s life.
What do you do to celebrate and memorialize summer?
If you embark on this particular practice, let us know how it went, what fun twists you might have introduced, how you might do this next year. Just use the comment box below. Let’s encourage one another!