I know that summer can feel overwhelming for many mamas when school is out but, you don’t want your kids watching TV and, playing video games all summer. Every summer I put together a schedule to keep us staying productive but, having fun as well. Here are some ideas that can help you put together a great summer schedule. I know times vary for everyone so here is our traditional schedule:
- Morning (8-10am): Breakfast/Get dressed/ Morning chores
- Late Morning (10-12am) : Go do an activity (Listed below)
- Lunchtime (noon)
- Afternoon (1-3pm): Nap time/Reading time
- Late Afternoon (3-4pm): School work
- Early Evening (4-5) : Dinner prep/ Kids can watch a show
- Evening (5-7pm): Dinner/ Family time
- Late Evening (7-8pm): Family devotions/ Baths/ Bedtime routines
- Bedtime is 8 for the baby & 8:30-9 for the big boys
After that is mommy & daddy free time!!
Let me clarify for the “school work” part of the day. I have the kids work on their workbooks for one hour and, I help them with any new concepts. After many years of trying to find the right workbooks that would be challenging but, fun I found ” The Summer Bridge” workbooks. They have them for all ages K-8th and they literally “bridge” the grades, so they review some concepts and, start learning new ones so they are prepared for next year. They are sold in many store but, Amazon seems to be the cheapest. I only put up a few links below but, you can search whatever grades you need.
As far as the weekdays go. We get out EVERY SINGLE DAY, whether to the park or meeting up with a friend for a play date. Here are some ideas but, you can change them to fit your family and your kids interest:
Make it Monday: We will do some type of craft, and I’ll make a simpler version for the baby. I use Pinterest often for this but, you can also get easy craft books at any store with ideas or cutouts. Here is one we have used! It’s cheap and easy for all ages and all you need are a pair of scissors & glue or tape.
Time to Read Tuesday: We will head to the library for summer programs and to stock up on new reading selections. Every local library has one and, many give your child a free book or other various treats after completing it.
What’s cooking Wednesday: We will cook together or bake a new recipe. I want my boys to grow up and, learn how to be a help to their wives but, also take care of themselves so this is a great opportunity.
Take a trip Thursday: I will plan a fun field trip for this day. There are so many free activities that take place during the summer for all age ranges and, we have many local websites that list all of the options for that day so, I subscribe to many of those. Just google free summer activities for kids in your area and, you will find many of these sites.
Fun Friday: This is a kid’s choice day where they get to pick an activity they want to do!
This is more of a guideline when we do not have a plan. We are very flexible, and add in many play dates with friends and, I also didn’t account for “water days” where we play outside in the sprinklers and with water toys.
Also, nap/quiet time I use to catch up on cleaning, housework, laundry & blogging or whatever else is on your personal to-do list. Older kids usually won’t nap during that time but, reading is a great alternative and just a good habit for them to have. I usually let them have one day in the week where they can just quietly watch a movie during that time as well!
I hope this gives you some guidance & help as I know when the summer starts some of us can feel like a fish out of water and, we just need some ideas to get us on track. Have a great weekend!