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.
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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.
12:30-2:00 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.
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?