Mondays are hard.
Can we just all agree on that?
As homeschoolers, it’s usually the first day of the week when we are “back at it,” after two straights days of cleaning all the things and running children to various soccer fields, or, if you are me, working one day and talking up cats the next.
(I volunteer at a cat shelter, which I just think everyone knows by now, because all I do in my free time is talk to people about cats and Instagram cats.
Meanwhile, my daughter keeps asking for a third cat, but I have already identified our fictional third cat as the slippery slope cat that will lead us into accidental animal hoarderdom. First it’s three cats, then it’s an indoor llama, 9 dogs with a combined total of 30 legs and so many cats that we have to get rid of our rocking chairs.)
The point is, weekends are busy, and then Mondays we are still expected to “hit it hard!” and “get back on track.”
It’s just your kids’ futures at stake here.
During the summer, I tend to feel less anxious about school, though, which helps me feel less anxious about Mondays.
We technically school year-round, because as my children have gotten older, we’ve started to lean more and more toward unschooling.
Plus, even when I try to “turn it off,” in summer, they still go and learn stuff.
Take a break, you little firecrackers!
So in the summer, I tend to rely a lot on “strewing,” which is the act of leaving educational stuff in your child’s path for discovery and learning.
I think most of us know this is a “thing,” although we might not have known it had a name until we were like, 6 years into homeschooling.
So this summer, I decided to take strewing to a new level.
I decided that each Monday morning, I would strew a project of some sort. In theory, these were educational projects, but the main point was that they were intended for exploration, discovery and fun.
If they were open-ended and interesting enough, I reasoned, they could last the whole week, and be a boredom insurance policy for summer days.
This little plan, born out of a case of the Mondays, worked out better than I would have imagined.
My kids started asking on Sundays to please-please-please set up the projects early, and I got to spend summer afternoons sipping kombucha and reading.
I mean, seriously.
Plus, I saw math skills being mastered, the scientific method being tested, and SIBLINGS GETTING ALONG.
So I decided to write a book about the whole experience.
Monday Morning Invitations features 8 of the BEST projects we did this summer.
- making a s’more solar oven
- hosting an egg drop
- setting up a slime factory
- making homemade ice cream in a bag
- and more!
These projects are the kind of things you want to do with your kids, but who has time to research a new project each week?
So I’ve done the work for you.
Monday Morning Invitations includes directions to set up 8 fun projects for your kids, and I even created a resource page so that you can find everything you need without scouring 12 stores during your already busy weekend.
I promise it’s easy, fun, and your kids are going to love it.
Let’s make Mondays a little better, shall we?