Its SUMMERTIME! I’ve been pinning and brainstorming and asking the kids what they would love to do. Last summer was the first time I considered camps and activities and actually planning anything beyond a vacation. And it was an awesome one! I am excited to share how I create a deliberate summer plan with you!
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A Summer Plan In Place
Being deliberate, I’ve found, offers a huge payoff. Not only are we able to look forward to the summer, but there is comfort in having direction in our day to day. It makes for flexible, flowy kind of days. We need a break from the schedule we have kept all school year and it feels amazing to wake up whenever we like with entire days stretching before us.
I am deliberate in creating a summer routine and schedule. These are the questions I ask myself:
- What do I need on hand to invite enchantment in?
- How do I wish our days to flow?
- What is going to make us grow together in shared memories and experiences?
At the beginning of June, I sit down with my bullet journal and the computer. First up, I fill in the BIG ROCKS-in this case, vacations that are paid for and planned, sports practices and commitments or appointments that are already set. Next, I look for any special events offered in our community that we can enjoy. Finally, I have a running list (and a Pinterest board) with summertime ideas to plug into the summer plan and those I fit into the month that works best.
As well as activities and trips, I have a loose plan in my head for summertime learning opportunities. These take the form of read alouds, unit studies and outdoor, typically messy, fun. Each child has two main interests we will tackle this summer which we’ve talked about together and then we have a whole bunch of little weekly activities we will explore.
My oldest daughter would like to do messy science the whole summer and I am more than happy to oblige. Most of the activities we will check out have a science-y spin. Our shared focus will include gardening and butterflies. She would also love to learn to draw. Last week I picked up Drawing with Children and that looks like just the thing for all of us to use to learn about drawing, step by step. She is also concocting a summer reading list and our lazy, hazy afternoons will be spent reading (aka quiet time).
My middle son would like to learn to write his entire name, first, middle and last, and I am going to add in letter sound recognition. I have an entire unit on Gross Out Science planned for everyone, but it is especially dedicated to him. He is my nature lover and we are going to make a commitment to work on animal tracking and and tree identification. He also hopes to go fishing (a lot).
The youngest would like to have time to play. That’s all. And that is more than okay with me. She and I will be reading many stories, joining the big kids on their learning adventures and having fun doing messy art, outside.
House Helpers and Routines
Summer is also a great time to train some household chores. We have started with emptying the dishwasher and the older kids trade off on top or bottom emptying each day. All are clearing their places after dinner. Everyone will be learning to clean their dishes and putting those into the dishwasher. The oldest will be taking over her laundry duties. My favorite son will be expected to put all his clothes away and learning to fold. The youngest will be helping to deliver clothes to each room and putting her own away.
Summer Read Alouds
Tinkering, Science and Art Explorations
Planning for enchantment means having the stuff on hand you need to pull off an activity so life remains easy breezy.
With a deliberate summer plan in place we can fill our summer days with lots of FUN! Sprinkle in a few weeks of vacation and another few of camp, and we have a great summertime ahead of us! Wishing you a deliberately awesome summer, friends! Leave a comment about what your plans include…I’m always happy to add ideas to my master plan!