What do You do with Your Summer?

Summer activities for art teachers

Summer is HERE!!! Woohoo! Praise the Lord and hallelujah! 

…so what are you doing? Below are some ideas and some things that I have done to make the best of my summer, because they go by quick!

Option 1: Vedge

Sit around and do nothing! Literally. This was certainly my approach after my first year teaching! I felt like doing nothing and I did nothing. Not for the whole summer…but for the first month or so I have no shame in admitting that I was highly unproductive (which is unusual for me, I am the get it done and finish the to-do list kind of girl!)


Option 2: House projects

What a great time to strip wallpaper off the walls or tackle a garden or make that miniature dollhouse that you have always dreamed of making…or whatever it is that you feel the need to do. :) You’ve got 2+ months to do whatever you feel like you need to do! Just don’t over extend yourself! You don’t want to have no running water and a half finished bathroom at the beginning of the school year (I may or may not be speaking from experience…)!


Option 3: Get a job

This is personally my least favorite option for a summer activity, unless you count this blog and my digital arts curriculum that I have developed as a job. Summer can be a great time to tuck away a few extra bucks for savings or to pay off the dreaded school loans that most people leave school with.


Option 4: Got kids?

The best thing about teaching is that you get the same vacations as your kids. Although some may not count that a blessing, sometimes the hardest kids to teach are your own (can I hear an amen?). My summers are filled with play dates, zoo trips, swimming lessons and more! Of course, I also make time to go to the gym and leave them in the kids zone so that I can have some me-time. I DEFINITELY leave them in there for the full 2 hours most days. Don’t judge!


Option 5: Travel

Of course, this is a wonderful perk of teaching as well. I wish that I was a bit more organized and planned our trips a bit more (it’s something I am constantly working on…). But we always take time to do some kind of trip with the kids. If funds are low, we try to make sure that we get away for at least a weekend to go to a waterpark or something. This year, we are going to the Grand Canyon! SOOO excited! (More on that in a later post!)

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you choose something that you enjoy and something that fills you up! You want to feel like the “best you” when you return to school in the fall!


What are your plans for the summer? Comment below!