Planning is just as important as cleaning and organizing. This is the step where all of your ideas, thoughts, needs and wants for the summer come together. I’m a list maker so the next thing I did was get organized on paper.
I keep this file folder handy all year long.
I subscribe to the Family Fun Magazine. They are so creative and have lots of great ideas. When I see something I want to do , whether it be a kid friendly summer recipe or a craft, I tear it out and stick it in this folder of summer ideas. Of course I find most of my ideas from blogging (because you ladies are seriously amazing!). I jot those down on a sticky note and toss it in the folder. I also save my summer plan from the previous year to see if there is anything we didn’t get to or if there are things I want to do again. I pull everything out and spread it all over my table.
But before I get to that pile I make a list of what I want our summer to be about. The things that I really want us to do and things I know my kids love. I also think about things that I personally want to do and try to think of a way to fit it in.
Here is my list:
Reading with my kids
Kids help with Treats
Kids help with Dinner
Then I check my calendar to see what we are already committed to and when our vacations are. Now I am ready to plan our summer routine which I call my “Summer Plan.” When you think of summer, I’m sure routine isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind. It’s probably the last thing you want to think about. I feel this way too a little bit. I want our summer to be laid back and relaxed, but there are a lot of fun things I want to do with my kids. I know they will get bored if I don’t have some sort of plan and that is not a good thing. Driving their momma crazy
I came up with a weekly routine that works for us. I have to be flexible because of Ady’s naps. She isn’t very predictable. There are always things that come up, so this routine is just a guideline. Something to keep me sane and a way for my kids to know what to expect of our day (and what I expect of them). We all do better that way.
Every day from 7:30 – 11:00 – The kids can sleep in, but I will be awake to start chores. Once they are awake, breakfast, chores, swim team practice for 1 hour, get ready, TV time.
Every day between 5:00 – 5:30 – I will start making dinner.
Those two things I knew would be constants through out the day. In between those times I fill in with our activities.
Alphabet worksheets (more on this later)
Free Play (me time)
Reading time with mommy
Alphabet Activity (more on this later)
Kids – Quiet Time (me time)
Outside play while I make dinner
Free Time/Family Time until bed
Pool with friends/lunch at the pool
Quiet Time/Movie time/Me time
Dinner – I have this really fun children's cookbook. It’s called Simple 1-2-3 Cooking for Kids. I want to start teaching my kids about recipes so every Tuesday night Super Kid gets to choose a recipe and help me make it.
Outside Play until bed/Mommy cleans up
Wednesday mornings my kids will skip swim practice and we will go to the movies with friends. Cinemark does $ movies once a week for the summer. We have done this every year and really enjoy it. Check it out in your area.
Alphabet Worksheet and Activity
Quiet Time/Me Time
Read with mommy
Free Play/Me Time
Outside play while I make dinner
Treat time with mom – Every Wednesday night Super Kid gets to choose a recipe from that same cookbook and help me make a treat.
Free Play/Outside play until bed/Mommy cleans up
Same as Tuesday except that it is my laundry and cleaning day. I will do laundry in between activities through out the day but do most of my cleaning at night. It’s pointless to clean during the day when everyone is home.
If Casey has time, he likes to take the kids to the pool in the evenings after dinner. They get to go twice that day! And I get to clean the house. Whoo – hoo! ;) What a compromise.
Quiet Time inside after the pool until bed.
Same as Monday except that we don’t go to the library. It gives us more time to play at home or do something that we didn’t get to do earlier in the week. It’s just more of a lazy day. Or a good day to squeeze in a field trip if we feel like it.
And there you have it! Those are the bones of our summer. I will fill you in on all the goodies throughout the week.
P.S. Now that you can obviously see how important a plan and a routine are to me and you might think I’m a little crazy, I just want you to know that being spontaneous is also important, especially during the summer. Like I said before, this is just a guideline and gives me something to fall back on when I need to reign the kiddos back in. Because we all know that wild kids are inevitable, but now I have something to work with.
Good luck and I hope you find a Summer Plan that works for you!