One of my goals is to take time each day to simply explore outside with my kids. I have this book, I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward, and plan to go through several of the activities with my boys over the summer. The author has a new book that I might pick up to use with the older boys instead. A few summers ago I bought them little journals for use with this book and we only got through a few activities so I hope to dig those out and really use them.
Another one of my goals is to stick to my simple summer cleaning schedule. Since the boys are not in any organized activities we basically have no schedule to keep! This can get a little loose and before I know it we are all vegging out in front of the tv.
To counteract this summer slide into electronic stimuli, here is a rough outline of the schedule in my mind:
SIMPLE SUMMER SCHEDULE 2011
CHORES OUTINGS OTHER MENU
Mondays: Scour bathrooms Park Day/Errands Nature Journals L.O. Soup
Tuesdays: Scour kitchen Pool Day Silent Reading Pasta/Mexican
Wednesdays: Tend to garden Grocery Shop Workbooks L.O.
Thursdays: Windows, Dust Beach Day Silent Reading Seafood
Fridays: Floors - vacuum and mop Library/Playdates Crafts Grill Out
Saturdays: Bedding, Towels Mom's Day Out Movie Night Take Out/Frozen
Sundays: Laundry, Fold, Put Away Mass Game Night Soup/Sandwich
What schedule do you have for your summer chores/outings/menus? I would love for you to share your ideas and links to similar posts in the comment section.
I'll keep you posted on my ability to keep to this schedule. Keep in mind that now that my boys are 3rd and 4th graders (and a Pre-Ker too) they are doing a great deal of these chores right alongside me. What a wonderful thing to have extra hands doing our housework! Plus, this is summer and living should be easy so no stress or guilt allowed!
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