Each year as winter finally leaves and spring comes, I find that a new routine is in order. School is over for a few months, the sun calls us outdoors, and it is time for family and fun with maybe vacation in store.
Summer is definitely a routine breaker!!
I still need to do my Morning Routine as those are daily repeat tasks that must be done.
Whether you homeschool or not, your children will be saying they are bored after maybe just one week (like mine) and you would be wise to consider making a Summer Routine that fits your lifestyle and your particular family.
Academic Routines for Children
- Make a list of books to read aloud this summer
- Math Fact worksheets will keep your child’s math skills honed
- Summer is a great time for reinforcing grammar skills
Make a Summer Bucket List
- Area attractions often include local museums, petting zoos, fairs, and other events coming during the summer.
- What did you want to do with your children all winter but found no time for? Now’s the time!
- Ideas for rainy days indoors
- Ideas for sunny days in the backyard
- Did you include fun crafts on your Summer Bucket List?
Locate and Purchase Needed Summer Items
Have you ever been unprepared and frantically shopping to fill that need? Thinking ahead makes it possible to find thrifted items or locate the needed items on sale. Last minute panics only produce panic and often not what you needed at all!!
Do you need any of these items this summer?
- Rubber slippers
- Rubber rain boots
- Swimwear? Keeping more covered up in the summer prevents too much sun on your child’s skin and cancer in the long run. A little modesty goes a long way.
- Do you have a small wading pool? We had a wading pool long after our children fit into one. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G what a child’s imagination can do! My older two were 9 and 11 the year I remember them ‘swimming’ in a wading pool!! They had a blast!!
- Sand toys?
- Big trucks that can be played with outside? Or matchbox cars that are for outside? Your children DO play, don’t they?? I hope they aren’t reluctant to go outside because they are hooked on video and computer games? We didn’t allow them and the fruit in two of my boy’s lives is pleasing to this failure of a mom 😉
- You get the idea? Now, continue with your own Summer Needs List.
When my children were little, each year I spent considerable time preparing for summer. Most years we schooled through the summer part of the day which eliminates that boredom children seem to get after a week or two without school (which they mostly didn’t like in the first place, so go figure!)
This summer I am making a Summer Routine and Bucket List that includes two sweet toddlers in my care 24/7 and I was thinking back to other Summer Routines and thought of you, my sweet reader.
What are you doing to make a Summer Routine which includes your children?
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