Hope your summer break is going well! We’re having a great time here in our third week (I know, they’ve only been out a little while, there’s still a lot of summer left!). I’m babysitting two extra kids, and between them and the many friends over, family visiting, etc. the house is full. It’s been a lot of fun! To keep us a little organized, we’re using a loose schedule every day. Here’s what our summer schedule looks like:
My girls are (very) early risers, usually by 6am. They read and play, then have breakfast and get their chores done before 8:00am so they can play with the 8yo when he comes over. My son, who’s almost 12, sleeps as late as he can, and I usually have to wake him up.
It’s the first year that all three kids practice at the same time (I like that!). We walk to the pool and they’re there for an hour. Afterward, the kids shower and make sure their bedroom floors are clear so they have play space.
Sometimes we have more friends over, sometimes we take out toys or find another good way to make a mess. We also play a lot of board games. You’ll see some of our favorites (and get ideas if you need a new one to jazz things up at your house) in my Favorite Family Games guide.
With such a full house, I’ve put 1-2 kids in charge of lunch every day. They help chop vegetables and fruit, set the table, put out condiments, and help serve and clean up. Summer is a great time to teach kids important skills like meal prep and cooking, just make sure you budget your time (they take longer than we do as experienced adults). They feel so proud and appreciate the compliments when everyone loves lunch.
I have two rising fourth graders, so we’re keeping on top of multiplication tables and I want them to learn to sign their names in cursive (they don’t teach it in school anymore). My older son has a big packet of pre-algebra stuff for middle school next year, and I’m giving him challenges like looking in store ads to price TVs with shipping and tax and find the best deal, then compare it to online. If you’re looking for some structure to your summer learning, Imagination Soup has some fun summer printables for kids.
Every day after lunch is our quiet time. Everyone finds a cozy spot and their book and gets some independent reading done. All the kids are doing our public library’s reading program. Find a summer reading program near you.
So far, we’ve only done a few outings to the library (to get more books and see an animal show) and one park, but once we get a decent weather day we have some hikes to do. We’ve been alternating between 100-and-humid or thunderstorm days; neither work for the outings on our to-do list.
Of course, now that I have a handle on our summer schedule, it will change. After swim season ends, we have a week of camp and then my mom and sisters are coming to visit. Some of this will stay the same, but my plan is to keep us on a routine as best we can. We have a LONG time till school starts–not until after Labor Day here–September 8th!
If you like your summer schedule a little more structured, try the Free Printable Schedule at A Blissful Nest. I find that having a visual for the kids to see helps everyone remember what needs to get done and helps them get excited about what’s coming later in the week.