Our last meeting of the year, on May 9th, will be at our new location -- Boulevard Baptist Church, located at 700 Boulevard. Please write yourself a note, mark your calendar, put a reminder in your phone... whatever you need to do to make sure we don't leave you behind! The Steering Team is hard at work to make this transition a smooth one... more info on our first Boulevard meeting will be coming soon.
And that's where our Mom Panel comes in!
We had four of our MOPS mamas talk about different aspects of how to keep your kiddos happy & learning throughout the hot summer months. Our speakers have so kindly shared their hand-outs with us... they're (hopefully) available for download below. This is the first time I've attempted downloads, so let me know if things don't work!
The Summer ScheduleIt's easy to have great intentions... it's a little more difficult to actually put all those plans into motion. So give this schedule a try:
On "Make Something Monday," get creative! It can be as involved as doing a craft or as simple as letting the kids help make cookies or dinner... just tweak based on your family's schedule!
On "Take a Trip Tuesday," throw the kids in the car & get out of the house. Go to a MOPS playdate (click here for our summer calendar) or go to the park to feed the ducks. I did a handout of free & cheapish things to do in our area.... I've added a few suggestions from our meeting as well. This list is available for download at the end of this post.
On "Wise Wednesday," try to do something educational. Britney shared a fabulous list of ways to teach your kids while having lots of fun.
On "Thankful Thursday," teach your kids about serving others. Aubrey did a great handout of things we can do with our kids, from taking applesauce to AIM to choosing one of their own toys to give to a friend for his/her birthday.
And on "Have Fun Friday," just do something fun! Emily has a great list of ideas... I loved her suggestion of hiding snacks in leftover plastic Easter eggs for a snack scavenger hunt! And try to snap some pics of all these little moments... no matter how seemingly insignificant, it'll be wonderful to have all these summer memories captured!