Our household is slowly transitioning into summer schedule mode. Part of me is super excited but there is a small and very loud voice in my mind that is making me nervous. How many hours of "light programing" does my little really need each week? Am I going to go mad by July? Thankfully Maria from The Family Nest is set the record straight and has some encouraging words and tips going into the summer months!
What is your biggest piece of advice for Moms this Summer so they don't face fatigue over the same activities and routines. How can they switch things up?
Take it easy and follow your child's lead. Summer doesn't have to be jammed pack with activities. I think many times we moms over think things and get caught up with hustle of making sure kids aren't bored. But, research has proven to be quite the opposite; children need time to be bored. They need some quite, slow and unplanned time. This allows them to be creative, resourceful and innovative. Instead of planning all the activities, ask them what they would like to explore or what new hobbies they would like learn, and most importantly what will make them excited! Some of our favorite activities at home include making some homemade scented playdough, animal-tracknature walk, beach time and lots of homemade cooking!
Do you have a favorite activity that involves food? Why is it so important to be engaging in the kitchen?
Yes! I love cooking, especially with my little one. We pretty much cook everything! But one of our favorites is making smoothies. We love making our favorite peanut- butter oatmeal smoothie. We also enjoy making our own hummus. I can't stress enough how important it is for children to partake in meal preparation. There's so much to be learned in the kitchen! In the kitchen they can learn about measurements, cause and effect, safety, proper use of kitchen utensils and most importantly, appreciation for food. By cooking with our little ones, we are showing them the importance of taking care of our earth, our families and ourselves.
What type of programs do you have going on this Summer at The Family Nest?
This Summer we have many exciting programs - all of which you can read about HERE.
We have Art class & Sensory class for our young toddlers ( this class requiresparent participation)
For the more independent toddler we have our toddler camp(a 2 hour drop-off program)
For preschoolers we have our popular Bilingual Summer Camp. Our camps are 3 days a week for 3 hours (Drop-off program).
In addition, we just added our Global Camp and STEM (Science -Technology - Engineering -Math) All of camps are bilingual and project-based.
What are your favorite bilingual books that families can read at home with their little ones?
Some of our all time favorite books come from Barefoot Books. They have a great selection of Bilingual Children'sbooks. I love the illustrations and the diversity. Some of my favorites are "vivimos en la granja", " De paseo por la selva" and "Cha Cha cha". I also enjoy books from CombelEditorial they have amazing books as well. Such as "el cocodrilo verde", "el domingo que", " veo, veo" and many more! We also enjoy Lil Libros by Patty Rodriquez & Ariana Stein.
I hope you found this information as inspiring and helpful as I did!