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Monday, June 25, 2012

Daily Summer Schedule For Kids

Summer vacation began last week and I quickly realized some sort of schedule was necessary.  C is not used to being home with his little brothers and I am not used to having all three rabble rousers home all.  day. long.

Plus, if you've been reading for a while, you know what a control freak schedule oriented kinda girl I am.

In building our daily schedule there were some things I wanted to keep in mind.

1.  The boys need A LOT of exercise.
2.  I need time to keep up with the cleaning and laundry.
3.  The boys (and especially me) need ALONE time.
4.  I need one-on-one time with C to review his reading and writing skills.

With those things in mind, here's how our schedule is set up:

Daily Summer Schedule

7:30-9:00 Wake up,eat breakfast,get dressed, brush teeth

9:00-9:30 Morning Jobs (daily helper items from the chore chart)

9:30-10:00 Free Play (boys are free to chose how and what they want to play while I do a bit of laundry and whatever chores I need to do that day)

10:00-11:30 Gross Motor/Outdoor Play (playground, ride bikes, beach ect.)

11:30-12:00 Play Alone- the boys really need this time each day. 

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Naps/ Skills review  (Working with a different book each week, C and I will focus on sight word review, reading fluency, journal writing, and basic phonics review.  With each guided activity he earns 5 minutes of computer games)

2:00-3:30 Free Play (More mommy time for folding and putting away laundry and general sanity gathering)

3:30-5:00 “Summer of Fun” Activity of the day.

5:00-5:30 TV Time (Again, a sanity saver.  Boys get their TV fix while I make dinner.

5:30-6:00 Dinner

6:00-6:45 Free Play 

6:45-7:00 Toy Clean Up

7:00-8:00 Bath, Books, Lights Out

I've printed this out, discussed our plan with the boys and hung the schedule by the chore chart.  It's not a carved in stone kinda plan.  Your run of the mill weekly errands will have to be fit in and will cut down on some of the longer play times, but I think all in all, there's enough structure and free time to help us all stay happy this summer.  Day one of our Summer Activity Calendar was Thursday and while I know it was a honeymoon day, things went swimmingly.

How about your family?  Do you map out your days and keep those kids busy?  Or are you a  go with the flow kinda family?

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1 comment:

  1. Great schedule! I am a routine girl for my boys as well. We have our weekday map hung up on a gallery art wall with all their art masterpieces. They couldn't wait for summer to start so we could start their "schedule". They love it. I would have hated it as a kid, but they thrive with it. Our day starts really early and ends pretty early. But I love having 4 boys that love a routine - makes it so nice on all of us.


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