Do you plan your kids' summer break or let it flow freely? In the past, I have worked with a loose plan of attack. It went something like this:
Go out and buy every workbook I can find
Set them in the corner of the dining room
Forget about them as the kids ran out the door to play each morning
Due to the "flexibility" (read: lack of dicipline) of my schedule, I ended up bagging the whole thing 2 weeks into the summer, then 2 weeks before school started I was rushing them through the summer work packet their teachers provided. I feel like they lost so much over the summer that they were behind each September and bored a lot of the time in between.
This year, I'm trying something different. Since I'm posting it here, I will look like a flake if I don't follow through. I'm counting on all of you to keep me honest.
I began with an outline of the essentials to cover each day of the week (weekends off, of course) that incorporated the studies and the "specials" they love so much at school (art, gym, music) It looks like this:
Monday: Reading, Math, Music
Tuesday: Reading, Science
Wednesday: Reading, Art
Thursday: Math, Phys. Ed.
Friday: Reading, Field trip!
Next, I printed out a 5 day calendar from Calendars Quick. I wanted this schedule to be our "school calendar", and separate from our daily calendar of activities.
I used the back of the calendar to list the supplies I need to complete the projects. If I don't shop ahead of time, I might as well throw the proposed calendar away each month. Nothing is worse than beginning a project without the proper supplies.
Next, I began to gather up activities to add to the boring workbook pages.
Field Trips are chosen from a long list the kids develop together at the beginning of the summer.
Now, fill in your days. I will post next week's schedule here:
Monday: 9-9:20 Read, 9:30-10 Math, Music (Rubber Band Instruments)
Tuesday: 9-9:20 Read, Science (Mentos and Diet Coke, collect tadpoles)
Wednesday: 9-9:20 Read, Art (Textured Watercolor Painting)
Thursday: 9-9:20 Math, Phys Ed. (Bike Ride at the park)
Friday: 9-9:20 Read, Field trip (Pool)
I'll try to remember to post the next week's schedule here each week all summer.
I filled out the entire month along with the supplies needed all at once. It actually took me longer to type out this post than it took to fill in the schedule for the rest of the month.
My plan is to work on boring stuff (worksheets, etc...) in the morning,from 9-10,and have the "special" activities ready for the first "I'm bored..." each day.
I should be able to shift around days pretty easily if a field trip comes up on a Tuesday, for example.
So, for my feedback this Friday, give me your opinion of the schedule, suggest fun activities, share your own summer plans. With all of our heads together, we should be able to come up with a pretty good working schedule for the summer.