Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Schedules for the Kids

Now that we're finished with our school year, it's getting a little harder to keep the younglings happy and occupied. We have a general rhythm to our days during the school year so they're used to a basic routine. This summer I thought we'd take all the pressure off and just let them do all the things they said they didn't have time to do this past school year. Well... that lasted about half an hour.
Apparently, they still need some sort of structure to their day. So I opened up Excel and started typing. :)
I've used this basic idea the past few summers and actually included little clip art pictures so my non-readers could get the general idea of what our day looked like. This year, I just went with a totally boring format. I put our daily routine in but left out any times. That allows us to be a little more flexible (since I have a very 'stick to the rules' youngling in my house.) So now rather than asking me and not liking my answer, when they say 'what do we do?", I can say check the schedule.

I also try to mix things up by planning out of the house activities. We're blessed to live in an area where there are lots of kid events offered. In fact there's so much that I was afraid I'd miss out on some great opportunities (some of which we can count towards next year's schooling.) To get all that info together, I opened up the calendar template in Publisher. I picked a cool template option and fun summery color scheme and then typed in everything that I had info for.... library programs, $1 roller skating, craft days at Michael's, free concerts, and $1 movie days. I also added in the week the younglings will attend a local day camp and our Vacation Bible School week.
After I printed it, I realized that some of the events required pre-registration so I went back and high-lighted those. Now at a glance, I can see all the activities I was hoping to participate in and make sure we don't miss out!

So between the daily/weekly schedule and the extra events, we should be all set for some summer fun. If not, there's always the I'm Bored Jar and the sand table.
 
Or there's always more chores!!!

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6 comments:

  1. My 3 year old is already complaining she is bored. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Newest GFC follower from Delightful Order. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can.

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  2. We made one of those "I'm Bored" jars for a last minute birthday gift last year and my daughter's friend loved it. She said she used it all year. I let my daughter come up with the activities for the jar so they would be on the same wavelength.

    I love your schedule without the time frame. We find it hard to stick within the time frame for ours. I might try your way to take the pressure off. It is summer, after all!!

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  3. This is so great. We have an I'm bored tin too. I love all your idea. Following now.

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  4. I love the "I'm bored" jar! We definitely need one of those!

    I'm hosting my first linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea or anything else you'd like to share.

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  5. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

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