It's hard to get back into school schedules. All summer long we dream of sending our kids back to school, but when it finally happens, we miss the endless relaxed days and extra time with our family. It's hard to watch the children wake up so early, memorize history facts, or write until their hand hurts. These days, their free play is replaced with school work, and before they know it, it's bedtime.
We let the children decide what they wanted to do, now that we finally had nowhere to be or no schedule to follow. They dug worms, made sandcastles in the cold, built teepes, and played on an abandoned boat on the side of a highway. We helped them with their imaginative play and offered assistance when needed. It's amazing how much you learn about your children when you offer them options and allow them to create their own play. We watched and learned more and more about what gets each child excited and where their strengths, talents and passions lay. No two children are the same, and each child can lead a fun activity regardless of their age. We really had an incredible time.