Winter is finally behind us and spring is quickly moving into summer. The kids will be out of school and you will be going crazy unless you have a plan. I don’t care if you homeschool or send your kids to school. Kids get bored fast and I want you to have a plan!
Summer is definitely a routine breaker!!
You will still need to do your morning routine because those are the repeat tasks of your day.
You want to keep your children motivated and creative throughout the summer. Maybe even guide them to be self-learners so that they will love learning for all of their life.
That is why having an academic routine will help keep boredom away.
Creating Academic Routines for Kids
- Read aloud book list – This was a highlight of our day. I chose a few books to read aloud to our children that would grab the interest of several age levels. It gives structure to part of the day when you all need to escape the heat. Add ‘read aloud’ to an hour slot on about 3-4 days each week.
- Math Fact Worksheets – You can find these easily by a quick search on the internet or use math worksheets from your favorite math curriculum. It will help your child learn math facts that fell through the cracks during the school year and keep them sharp for September.
- Reinforce Grammar Skills – There are lots of curriculum choices available with workbooks that will provide just review skills perfect for the summer. This is a skill that is too often neglected in our computer culture and will be just the thing for the summer.
Creating Fun Activity Routines for Kids
I always created a Summer Bucket List of activities and places to go each year so that I was prepared to change up those hot days when kids claim boredom.
Now, you can’t do something fun every single day. Failing to plan tends to let the summer slip by without intentionality, so nothing gets done.
I want you to create your own bucket list of ideas. I don’t care if you keep your list on Pineterest so long as you make a current list. Last year’s list doesn’t count 😉
Creating your activity list is easy . . .
- Area attractions – local museums, petting zoo, U-pick produce, fairs, and other attractions coming during the summer.
- Rainy day activities – Don’t expect your children to find ideas to occupy themselves all by themselves. Search blogs and Pinterest for awesome ideas!
- Backyard activities & games – You might have to search and plan activities to get your kids OFF their device and into the sunshine. Consider going outside WITH them and participating and enjoying them.
- Craft activities – Most girls love crafts (most moms do too) and including craft activities will get the creative juices flowing in your daughter’s mind.
Locate and Purchase Summer Supplies
Have you ever come up with a super activity idea for your kids only to find out that you didn’t have the supplies on hand? Been there, done that!!
A huge advantage of making a summer bucket list is that you can shop ahead for anything that you don’t have on hand. The best thing on earth is to be prepared (for once!!)
Creating A Summer Routine for Your Kids
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. ~Proverbs 16:3~
You thought I went on a wild goose chase (and maybe I did) in making a summer bucket list. Without a bucket list, your summer routine will be about the same as your winter routine. You will get nothing (fun) accomplished!!
If you don’t plan this summer, you will fail to do those summer things!!
- Morning Routine – 1-2 hours. Your day with your kids will start with getting the day going. You know, getting those ‘have to’s’ out of the way. Beds, getting dressed, breakfast, starting the laundry, and figuring out what’s for supper all need to bed done in the first hour or two.
- Summer Academic Activity – 1 hour. Even if you don’t homeschool, it is still important to include a half hour to hour of academic activities. It might be a worksheet or even math games. Just do this. The structure it provides makes it a good thing.
- Summer Fun Activity – 1 hour. Pick an activity and plan it into this slot on 3-4 days. Leave one day free for an outing or errands.
- Lunch – 1/2 hour – one hour. Eat and clean up.
- Naps or Read Aloud – You NEED a break if your kids are under 5 and requiring them to take a nap or rest is not-a-bad-idea! Maybe you want to read aloud in the morning and reserve this time for naps and silent reading on their beds if they are older. Most children LOVE this time for a book if you have made books a priority in your home.
- Free Time/Play – Work your business or have some well deserved Mom Time!!
- Supper – Prepare supper, eat as a family.
This is just to get your creative juices flowing in the direction of summer. You can change up the order as it fits your family. It is just to give you an idea of how you can set up a summer routine with your kids.
You NEED a summer routine in order to save your sanity. Even the best of moms can go through the summer on survival mode and feel defeated by the end of August. Chose to do better than that and plan to set up a summer routine this year.
Do you have a summer routine? How does your look compared to my suggestion?
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