Hello Summer! Now that Memorial Day is in our rearview mirror it’s time to kick these kids butts in gear. I’m sorry, I just said “butt.” I meant bum’s.
Either way it’s time for Hilary to get her schedule on.
I got cancelled a couple of weeks ago and came up with our summer schedule. I modified last year’s a bit and here it is. Mock all you want, but if one more child asks me “what are we doing next” I may scream.
And that is all.
The summer schedule:
Before 8 (my kids tend to get up around 7) get ready/do jobs
8:30 outside time (gotta get it in quick around here)
9:00 Workbooks (they each have them — even Conner, although his is only math)
9:30 Writing (P will work on some handwriting and then do puzzles — I have writing assignments for the boys) — workbooks and writing may be flip flopped if the boys need to use the computer.
10:00 “Specials” (we call them this at our elementary school — they consist of art/music, library, PE, science)
Next (because specials are a bit random in their length) practice time (both the boys have instruments)
Next Playtime/finish jobs if needed (jobs will be checked before lunch and if they’re not done, they won’t get paid)
1:00 reading/naps (haha, the only one napping around here is me, but P still really needs downtime, and the boys will have some books I choose as well as ones they choose — still on the lookout for great books for C if you have any suggestions)
2:00 Computer time for child #1 (they do 15 min of typing, at least 15 minutes of a learning game and then the other 30 is whatever they’re in the mood for, within the filter)
3:00 Computer time for child #2 (only C and S have computer time, thank goodness)
4:00 Electronics time (TV, DS or wii) if earned by behavior
5:00 Help with dinner
This summer is made even more interesting by the fact that I am not dong my usual working full time stint. Drew has a pretty serious class load for the first 3 weeks and then he just has a regular class load (and we will be on vacation for some of it). I am nervous about being home alone with these 3, and a schedule helps me to find it manageable. I find that a plan of what we’re going to do helps immensely. This isn’t to say that we stick to this schedule 100%, it varies if we have an activity with friends or something fun at the library, but this gives us a loose structure to get stuff done with.
As for writing, I have each week assigned a topic. We only do lessons for 4 days, but within those 4 days I am pretty sure they can do a pre-write/research, a first draft, and an edited draft as well as a “project” (which could be on the computer during computer time if they want, or just a picture or something like that). We will be doing narrative, information, persuasive, and a book report. The kids also have these mini book report books that I picked up at the Target dollar section, just to write down each book they read and a little about it. We will be doing the summer library reading program as well as the Barnes and Noble one and anything else I find along the way.
What are your summer plans?