photo credit:  Jessica Letchford

photo credit: Jessica Letchford

 

A staycation is a blend of two words: stay and vacation.  A staycation is simply when a family stays at home and yet live as if they are on vacation.  Most staycations use the most of your home town – the nature spots and entertainments that as a ‘local’ you often are too busy to enjoy.

Last week our homeschool co-op had a staycation (of sorts).  I’d love to show you photos but I was having such a good time with my friends I forget to use the camera!  So I’ll just have to explain what we did.

It all started because one of the families wanted to take a mid term break but wanted to use their time intentionally.  The mum set the following goals:

  • To have a fun break in a long term
  • To enjoy each others’ giftedness
  • To share our skills and resources
  • To learn new physical skills
  • To try something new
  • To have fellowship with others sharing quality time and experiences.

The idea was that we would have a morning and late afternoon activity, with time to go home for a nap and regroup during the hottest part of the day.  Our afternoon activity would include an early dinner together and then we’d go home just after dark (6.00pm-ish).

In collaboration with others in the homeschool community she came up with the following programme.

Monday:

Morning – a short bushwalk and a swim at a waterhole

Afternoon – a short bike ride and then backyard cricket and a quick dip in the lake, with a picnic dinner

Tuesday:

Morning – horse riding for those over 8

Afternoon – Archery, water slide and swim in a pool at on family home.  Sausage sizzle for dinner

Wednesday:

Morning – Tube riding (behind a boat)

Afternoon – Sports Carnival games in the park, chicken rolls for dinner

Thursday:

Morning – Canoeing on the lake

Afternoon – Campout (the plan was for tents to go up on our back lawn, but it rained so it ended up as a sleepover inside!), hamburgers for dinner

Friday:

Morning – pack up from Campout, play games together – go home at 11.00am

 

Every family in the co-op was invited to join in how ever many activities they wanted to, so there was a different mix of participants for each activity depending on what else was going on in people’s lives.

So it was kind of like a staycation – we all stayed in our homes, we did things that we would not normally do, we had time to rest, and we had simple meals.  It was a lot of fun and I reckon we’ll do it again another year!

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