We first implemented a summer schedule last summer, because I wanted to make the most out of her summer vacation before she started kindergarten. I also wanted to make sure I had some fun activities in the queue, since L always wants to know what we're going to be doing, at all times. It ended up being a lot of fun for the both of us. I was able to fill at least parts of each day, and she always had something fun to do. I decided to implement theme days, just to give myself a parameter to work with. I owe this idea to Pinterest, although I altered the categories to fit activities that I know L enjoys doing, and that we would enjoy doing together.
I'm switching up the categories a little bit this year, but it's roughly the same idea. Each day of the week will have a theme, and we will choose an activity for each day to fit the theme. I don't like to plan the entire summer's activities ahead of time. That would stress me out way too much. I don't like biting off more than I can chew, and I never commit myself to doing anything unless I know I can follow through. Planning the entire summer right out of the gate would be a recipe for disaster. Instead, I prefer to plan by the week (or even day), depending on what else we have going on, our mood, etc. Flexibility is key!
And so, the weekdays of our summer vacation will look kind of like this (with some part-time day camps and other activities spread out here and there):
- Maker Monday (art and craft projects)
- Think & Learn Tuesday (educational activities)
- What's Cooking Wednesday (cooking and baking)
- Thoughtful Thursday (journaling, letter writing, and random acts of kindness)
- Fun Friday (fun places to go and fun things to do)
I'm looking forward to a fun summer, and L is really excited about doing all the fun things we've been planning. We've been making lists of fun things to do in each category. If you have any fun ideas, please leave a comment!