The outside world is getting brighter, and warmer, making us feel like summer is just around the corner. We can’t wait for the long, lazy days, the lack of need for layers, and the loosening of the schedules and structures that bind us throughout the rest of the year. Before we arrive at that magical time though, there are still a few months worth of school days ahead.
Those days still have to fit into the time constraints of the rest of the school year, the weather outside fills them with an ever-growing sense of energy. It’s on these hopeful yet regulated times that our latest batch of elite member photos are focused. They showcase after-school rituals of all kinds –from dutiful attempts at homework to joyous snacking to outdoor play. No matter what the activity portrayed, they are all filled with the bright light of coming adventure.
Below, our members dish out their advice for getting the most out of those times.
“I’ve learned that we can’t wait too long on the homework since my boys usually have some sort of sports practice or game later and would have to do it really late or they’ll be too tired to want to do it at all. So, our habit has been to have homework time almost as soon as we walk in the door from school.” -Shell, Things I Can’t Say
“One of our favorite activities to do together is making home playdough and playing with it together. You can easily make it in little time, any color you want and it’s such a great way to discover and learn with your little ones. We love using cookie cutters to make shapes, practice our colors and measuring skills, and making letters with our homemade playdough.” -Amber, Mommy Gone Healthy
(cont’d) “We take advantage of his little sisters nap time to connect, do a fun activity together and we always share a special snack during that time.”
“This time of the year is great, it gives us time to let the kids start playing outside more but we also are able to get some garden and yard work started while they are playing. Kids are easy to please when it comes to spring time activities outside and lets not forget that all at fun and running means nap time goes a lot easier! Nap time for everyone!!” -Censie, Building Our Story
How do you and your little ones spend those after-school hours now that it’s getting warmer out? Tell us in the comments below!