I think I get more excited about summer each year than my kids do. I love planning out the fun things we will do, and watching them learn and grow. The big thing about summer though, is it will escape so quickly if we don’t plan it out. I know that summer break is still nearly a month away, but I have been planning like crazy to make sure we take advantage of every second together! I have created our basic fun Summer Schedule for kids already to help me pencil in the details.
I am not super great at coming up with cutesy day titles or anything, but I did actually make an effort this year. Here’s what each week during our summer will look like:
On the Move MONDAY
Library and Park: I know that with going to the Library on a Monday we will be missing out on story times. When I am pregnant and have a new baby, I just don’t love doing crowds. If I don’t make a habit at the beginning of the summer, the kids won’t realize they are missing out after the baby comes. Plus, I love starting off the week with a slew of books for the kids to read all week long. I am planning out their summer reading lists, so they will have a great selection to choose from. After the Library, we are going to visit a different park each week to play and have a picnic lunch.
I wanted to help them develop a new talent over the summer. I have a few kids who have really expressed an interest and quite the talent for art. I have been looking up different websites to help us learn about different artists and different art techniques. This one I definitely want planned out in advance so I have all the needed materials on hand. I also need to mentally prepare for the messes which I’m sure will be in abundance!
We will be exploring outside on Wednesdays. Small and easy hikes, places to go exploring, nearby museums, etc.
Science projects. We have done a few in the past and the kids LOVE science experiments. These need to be planned in advance just like the art projects though since they are messy, and I want to know exactly what I am doing beforehand.
Free Day FRIDAY
The kids need a day with unstructured time where they can just play with friends and be kids, right? This is their day!
I seriously can’t wait until summer! My kids are already saying how much they will miss their teachers while I am the one counting down the days until they get to stay home!!! Get your Summer Schedule Printable here!
PS, If you are interested in what we are doing each week, I will have the links to the art and science projects posted each Monday throughout the summer. I am also hoping to convince my kids to write a short blurb on their favorite books they read!
How do you plan your summers?