Does anybody else get as excited as I do for summer time?
Perhaps I am reeling from a sickness that involves 2 things: my love of organizing and planning and my love for chaos and my kids… oops, that’s 4 things. Either way, if you’re trying to figure out a summer schedule for your kiddos that are home for the summer or home schoolers looking to “mix things up” this summer, then you’ve come to the right place! I hope that you might find a thing or two to inspire some fun and order into your summer schedule. I am in no way a self-proclaimed genius behind these ideas. I have in fact “borrowed” most of them from Pinterest, mom blogs, and superheroes like yourself! What I’ve done is put together a Summer Daily Schedule, Printables and Activities for Kids that works for my household using the good ole’ “don’t reinvent the wheel” tactic.
- Wake up with the sun around 5:00-6:00 (the joys having kids that wake early)
- Morning prayers and Devotion
- Workshop/Center Time @ 6:30-7:30 or 7:00-8:30
- Mass @ 8:15 (Once a week)
- Swim Lessons @ 9:00-10:00 (4 days a week)
- Snack @ 9:30-10:00
- Workshop/Center Time @ 10:30-11:30
- Lunch @ 12:00
- Reading @ 12:30-1:00
- Nap @ 1:00-3:00 (This is the reason I am sane and my children like each other, and yes – my 8 year old still naps too.) “Quiet Time Boxes” or reading in bed might work better for your family. The purpose is to have 1-2 hours a day of uninterrupted, quiet time for mom and kids each day.
- Snack @ 3:00
- Jiu-Jitsu/Volleyball @ 3:00-4:00 or 4:00-5:00
- Free time @5:00 (If the kids are too rowdy, I make this “puzzle/book” time because I can’t have kids under foot while I cook. If it’s not 120 degrees outside, I’ll send them out to play)
- Dinner @ 6:00
- Shower @ 7:00
- Bedtime/Prayers @ 7:30-8:00
- Mommy/Daddy Time! (It is so important to make this time a priority. Children need to witness healthy marriages.)
***You’ll notice I listed the activity before the time frame. I DO NOT watch the clock very closely. What is most important is that we do the activities (somewhat in this order) while of course, making an effort to be on time to swim lessons, Mass and those things that require us to be timely. Otherwise…it’s summer! We just spent 9 months living by the clock for the school year. Don’t fret! Have a general daily plan with good intentions and expect that things happen so be flexible.***
Our Daily Schedule chart
Extra cards that we switch out as our activities change
As you can see, I have a variety of cards that I have collected through the years. I decided to take pictures of my kids doing the actual activity. That way, they have a better idea of what the expectation is. This definitely helps with kiddos who are “pre-reading” age. For nap time, I took a picture of them all tucked into their beds. For snack and lunch time, I took pictures of them eating. For swim class, I took pictures of them in the pool. You get the point.
I used a large piece of poster board and some velcro to create this simple, daily schedule chart! If you don’t have the ability to take pictures, then stop into your local teacher supply store and pick up some daily schedule cards that are pre-printed for your convenience. You can see some examples of ones I have purchased in the pictures above.
We start our day at the top of the chart just like a clock. We continue around the chart in clockwise order. I’d encourage you to include times on your chart for your kiddos who can read time. I allow the kids to place the cards on the chart first thing in the morning so they know what to expect for our day.
I really enjoy Workshop/Center time as it gives me the chance to sit down with my kiddos individually to work on skills and concepts that they need extra help with. It really helps me to know that my other 2 children are actively engaged in learning and practice while I work with their sibling. (Truth be told, I will also take advantage of their independent work time to throw in a load of laundry or put a meal in the crock pot.)
Click HERE for pictures and “how to” create successful workboxes.
Click HERE for pictures and “how to” create cheap, DIY center activities that we will also utilize this summer.
Out and About Activities
2 of my 3 children practice jiu-jitsu year round, which means we will continue that schedule through the summer. It’s nice that this is an afternoon activity which frees up our mornings for swim lessons! Kids classes are Monday-Friday, every afternoon. Click HERE to learn more about why we love our Jiu-Jitsu school so much!
We don’t have the privilege of having a pool in our backyard. Therefore, we are the perfect candidates for summer refresher lessons through the city. My 8 year old daughter is a fish and she loves the opportunity to spend time in the water perfecting her swim strokes. My 6 year old son just stopped screaming through the lessons last year and has a new found love for the water. My 4 year old son has repeated the beginner level course 3 times now and will repeat it again this summer. Apparently, “lions” don’t like to swim. The good thing is, he doesn’t cry through the entire lesson like his older brother did but he definitely isn’t motivated at all to practice the skills being taught. I’m guessing he’ll be a lifer at our city pool lessons. What I LOVE about our city is its only $15 per child! The instructors are all fully certified and really great with the kiddos!
Volleyball of Life
My daughter has been asking me for about a year now to sign her up for volleyball! I am thrilled about her having an interest in volleyball. It was my life all through junior high and high school and so I am happy to share this with her. The problem is finding a league that allows her age group to participate and isn’t the ultra expensive “club” experience. She’s only 8 and I won’t be spending our life savings for her to play volleyball any time soon! I FINALLY came across a summer session at our local YMCA. It’s totally affordable and she’ll be able to learn the basics for 10 weeks this summer! We used a gift card we had on hand to get her a volleyball and knee pads and also shopped our local kids second-hand store for her volleyball shorts! We got them for a dollar each! I love being frugal!
Weekday Mass and Confession
We are working on raising little saints in our household. It’s a big responsibility and one that we are honored to have been blessed with. In addition to mass on Sunday, my plan is to attend morning mass this summer once a week. We will do this on our “off” swim lesson morning. We will also got to confession once a month as a family.
We will be sure to stop and make time for play dates, popsicles and fun in the sun while we take a break from the school work and pop quizzes!
I hope your summer is off to a great start and that perhaps you’ve taken a thing or two away from my tips on how to have a fun, yet productive summer!