It's not quiet summer yet, but it is time to get to planning as the kids are getting out of school. Not having a set daily schedule for summer is nice, but I do like to have goals for summer. Just an overarching set of objectives. I usually have three main categories of "things" I would like to achieve.
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First, I think about what I want the kids to learn over summer. This could be things that they need to review from the previous school year, like multiplication facts, or it could be something I want to introduce them to for the next school year, like cursive. I also think about what life skills I want them to learn. Tying their shoes or learning how to make change are examples. Physical skills are also great for summer like hula hooping or rollerblading. If your kids don't know how to swim, summer is the perfect time to learn!
Second, I like to plan things I want the kids to make, or create. For example, this year I would like to make chalk paint with the kids because it is something they have never done before. Other ideas can be baking bread, building a robot, or painting a clubhouse.
Finally, my favorite category is things to see, or places to go. Summer is all about vacation for me, and last summer we couldn't travel hardly at all. I think we went to a lake once, and the beach once. Of course, we live in California, so all the amusement parks were closed. This summer I have a few surprises for the kids, including going to Mammoth, CA and riding horses. But, it doesn't have to involve visiting far distances. These can be places in your own town like a local berry picking location or museum.
If you want to write your own "Summer Things List," I have a FREE blank list I created for you to fill out. If you make one, I would LOVE to see some.
The Dragon Mama