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Thursday, June 7, 2012

{a weekly summer schedule}

Today is the last day of school, and excitement is in the air!  My kids all love school, but can't wait to be home for the summer. I usually thrive on a schedule and a regular routine, but I also love the freedom that summer provides. (Pajama days, anyone?)

We usually let loose the first week, and just enjoy being home, but then I've found that we all do better with a basic summer schedule in place.  We know what to expect, the kids always have something to look forward to, and it means that we get to try new things each week. I also hope that with a big move coming up in a couple of weeks, this routine will help make the adjustment a little bit easier when we get there.

Each day has an assigned activity: 

{Monday}--This is the day we head to the library and read to our hearts' content, then bring home lots of books to enjoy throughout the week.

{Tuesday}--My kids love to bake, and so do I!  We'll try new recipes and make our favorites, too. I think this will be the perfect pajama day, don't you think? :)

{Wednesday}--Since we're moving to Texas where it's hot, hot, hot, I'm sure we'll be a the pool or splash park more often than once a week, but this will be the day that designated for water fun.  Whether we go to the pool, or run through the sprinklers at home, this will be our water day!

{Thursday}--Crafts, crafts, crafts!  My kids love to create, and I'm excited to have them start some new projects and fun crafts. 

{Friday}--Exploration Day will be that day that we head out on an adventure! I'm looking forward to exploring our new area, visiting museums and zoos, discovering favorite parks, and going to the beach!

Our daily schedule will also include.reading, schoolwork, free play, music practice, playing with friends, etc., but the activity of the day will be the focus.  We can also be flexible in the timing--morning or afternoon--still giving us the ability to fit other things in if necessary, or sleeping in and staying in pajamas all day if we want to! 
I'm really looking forward to a fun summer with my kids home, and this schedule makes a big difference for everyone!


On another note, thank you for your patience and understanding over the past few and coming weeks.  I haven't been able to post as much as I'm preparing for our big move in a couple of weeks, and soon all of my craft supplies will be packed away for a little bit.  I'm also busy with projects for our new numbered wooden barstools and a farm table with benches for our new dining room, since the one we have now won't fit.  :) I also have a long list of projects for the new house, and I'm excited to share all of them with you!  You are all wonderful---thank you for your support!  {heart}


Blogger Mrs. Ann Greene said...

I agree, everyone thrives when they have a schedule. Our summer schedule is...
Mon-pool day
Tues-movie day (dollar movies at a local theater)
Wed-water park day (we have one in town)
Thurs-game day
Fri-family day (we usually go on a small road trip)
Sat-beach day (we live one block from the beach)
Sun-relaxation :)

The kids love it because they know what to expect.
:) Ann

June 7, 2012 at 5:22 AM  
Blogger Rudd Family Circus said...

I have just been thinking about how we would benefit from some kind of schedule and then you posted this :) Thanks again for having brilliant ideas that I can use as a spring board for my family.
Best wishes on the move!

June 7, 2012 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

How did I miss that you're moving to Texas? Yep, it's hot, hot, hot although Dallas has been rainy and cool this week and we're all celebrating!

June 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger juliemadtx said...

I've lived in TX my whole life, and can testify to the HEAT! Hopefully we'll have a "break" this year. Last year's state-wide drought was brutal. This year is shaping up much better. Welcome to the great state!

June 8, 2012 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Leslie Galloway said...

I guess I missed that you were moving too. What part of Texas, if I might ask. We're in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. :)

June 8, 2012 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger 3beans said...

Good luck with your move, that is a huge undertaking, especially with young children. I love all your summer posts,thanks so much for all the great ideas!

June 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger 3beans said...

Good luck with your move, that is a huge undertaking, especially with young children. I love all your summer posts,thanks so much for all the great ideas!

June 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I really love this idea. Simple and yet gives the kids some structure and something to look forward to. Thanks for sharing. :)

June 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Love this! Not only is it helpful to have a schedule, but it elimanates the whining and anxiety of what are we going to do today?! Thanks for sharing! I love all of your posts.

June 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Heidi of Operation Organization - MN said...

I LOVE having structure like this with my kiddos during the summer. Having pre-determined activities also lessens the amount of times I get kids nagging/complaining about what we are going to *DO* during the day and I'm much less likely to hear the dreaded, "I'm Bored!" :)

I've featured your post as the 'Organizing Link of the Week' on the Operation Organization FB page today. :)

Have a happy summer!

June 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM  

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