When my daughter was young, we spent the summer doing typical things. We went on vacation and joined the summer reading program at our local library. She invited friends over and attended several day camps. Even with what seemed to me to be a steady flow of activity, she would complain of being bored.
These complaints made me realize that my child was used to structured days. Not that I had any interest in putting her or myself on a strict summer schedule. But, having a couple of hours everyday set aside for a particular activity was appealing. From this idea, the After Lunch Hour was born.
The After Lunch Hour was a perfect way to break up long summer days. Every week, I would plan five activities, one for each day. These activities would require an hour to an hour and a half to complete, and we would start after lunch. It was the perfect time. This left the mornings open to sleep in or lounge around. It also left our afternoons free for the pool and day trips.
Some weeks, we did the same activity everyday and others were a hodge podge. Sometimes it was just me and my daughter. Other times we would invite school friends and neighborhood children to join us. Other than the weekly planning on my part, the After Lunch Hour was very relaxed and an enjoyable way to spend a summer day. Here are some of the After Lunch Hour projects we took on over the years.
Whether you are interested in broadening your child's horizons or encouraging an existing interest, summer is a great time to do it. There are so many things that can be done in an hour to break up the inevitable monotony and boredom that surfaces every summer. Who knows, you might just discover a passion within your child that lasts a lifetime.
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