Our Thursday article is usually reserved for a guest blogger, and today we’re sharing a post from OTR friend, Ellen Delap, from a year ago. She has great tips for creating a summer schedule of activities for your family.
Summer is the time to kick back and slow down your family’s pace. There are fewer time commitments and more time to spend as a family. Does that mean no schedule? For most families a basic routine helps everyone. Mom and Dad still go to work, laundry is still piling up, and everyone needs to eat. Summer schedules can take a leisurely pace however having some essential elements covered can make this summer easier on everyone.
1. Create a basic schedule with 3 aspects that are important for your family.
If you and your kids are at home during the day, divide your day in to three parts, morning, afternoon, and evening. Now think about incorporating your elements, such as a little learning, a little help around the house, and a good night’s rest. If you and the kids are away from home all day, establish just 2 foundations for your schedule. This way you can feel comfortable asking for buy-in from all of you.
2. A little learning avoids complete brain drain by summer’s end.
Having time to read each day helps everyone stay on top of their game. Having the time and opportunity to read something fun and not required makes a difference. Share a chapter book with your family where everyone takes a turn reading. Visit the library to get books. You can add in math fun with different computer games.
Learning can go beyond books with “family field trips” to spots throughout your community, such as berry picking, farmer’s markets, children’s museums, and arboretums. For teens this can include volunteering, learning to sew or knit, or taking an interesting class.
Look for open-ended activities as a way to spend time together. Get some basic art supplies, paints, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and craft sticks to help spark self-expression. Cooking is also a creative option for kids and a way to concoct new treats. It can mean an easy dinner for the family, too.