My kids finished school on May 28th. We had a quiet entry into the "lazy days of summer" and allowed ourselves a week or two of quiet times. We watched TV & movies did some reading for fun (NOTHING from the official reading lists they have to deal with before returning to school) then the summer camps started.
The schedule seemed much more manageable on paper in the spring than it's felt as the summer steams along. None of the camps that the kids were signed up for were for more than 3 hours a day, and the longest one was only 3 weeks. The fact that they are scheduled so closely together that some weeks there were over laps (there was one week that 3 camps at once) was expected to be and indeed proved to be the biggest scheduling challenge. That said that ,week of the 3 camps was a logistical issue for me more than the kids as each kid had only 2 camps. They both had art camp in the morning, my son had rowing camp in the afternoon and my daughter marching band mini camps in the evening.
It might have been easier if I was simply doing the "mom's taxi" and generally supportive mom in the background. But no, I am teaching art classes in the same art camp my kids are attending. Teaching is a mixed blessing for me. I love to watch the enthusiasm some kids approach their projects with. I love to see them grow enthusiastic over projects they looked quite skeptical about when I was introducing them. But I have to find a place in my heart to overcome my frustration when some kids don't try or don't understand my explanations. I don't think I am cut out to be an elementary school art teacher. I love to watch the kids growth but I don't have the right kind of temperament or mind set at this point in my life to deal with blank stares and idle hands all year long. All that said, this year I've been blessed with kids who seem to want to be in my class, not just kids whose parents wanted to give them something to do.
One of my favorite moments so far this art camp was seeing an impish grin when I asked one of my students if wet felting was her favorite project. We made wet felted beads the first day of class, and just about every day that she's finished a bit early she's requested more wool and made one or more wool balls. Today she had some that she made last week that were bone dry and she glued them into the bristly acorn caps from the sawtooth oak. We are needle felting eyes onto the balls and they are adorable.
Something must be going well because I've had a couple of mothers ask if I ever taught this class for adults, and a couple tell me they could not wait until their younger kids were old enough to sign them up.
Next week art camp will be over for another year (unless I do end up offering an adult mixed media class), the kids will be at the beach and we have one quiet week before band camp starts on August 2nd. School resumes on August 18th and bam! summer will be over.
But I hope to enjoy what's left of this hot, humid & insanely busy season - I hope you enjoy what ever season you are experiencing right now!