At 13, DC1 isn’t old enough to volunteer yet, much less work. Next year (hir Sophomore year) is Pre-Calculus so there’s not any obvious math class to take over the summer, and the high school offers fun classes like Psychology and Statistics and advanced programming and so on, so there’s not really a pressing need to take those either. Driver’s ed is out.
Last summer and the summer before, zie went to all the engineering and programming camps, and even a philosophy camp. Zie could go again, but… it doesn’t seem like there’s much value added. We talked about a couple of away-math camps but one of them would take hir away for over a month and another is run by my least favorite math teacher from high school (it is a VERY small world), the one who on the first day of calc told us to open our books to the first page, read the chapter, and do some problems at the end of the chapter and then left.
So we asked DC1 what zie really wanted to do, because if zie didn’t come up with anything, it was going to be a summer of chores. (DC1 doesn’t like expressing opinions, so we have to add a threat to get one– this also works with food options– if zie doesn’t suggest something we threaten Tomato Surprise. I don’t think zie really believes us, but zie will venture an idea after we’ve gone through the motions.) And zie said zie really wanted to go to a magic camp.
So we found a couple of magic camps– one for kids and one for people of all ages (one of us would have to spend a week in Vegas for that one). The one for kids worked with our travel schedule. It’s expensive, but in previous years there have been multiple STEM camps and this year there’s just the one, so the additional cost of travel is less than the cost of a second camp.
Then we’ll have two trips– one to Portland and one to a Midwestern resort town (these do exist) with the extended family.
And we plan to sign DC1 up for a week-long violin camp in driving distance. Zie will also continue with hir regular violin and piano lessons.
Between the times, DC1 wants to try making magic videos, so there will be some video processing learning going on. Zie also wants to spend more time on hir theremin. Zie wants to start a magic club next year (only sophomores and older are allowed to start clubs), so there may be some planning for that as well. And video games and a backlog of novels. It will probably be a busy summer. But hopefully a fun one.
Next year there may be volunteering or classes or month long math camps or other academically focused things. But this year, just fun.
What are you and yours doing this summer? Anything fun? What was your favorite thing to do in summer as a child?