Do you ever get to the end of the summer and wonder what happened to summer? This happened to me every year until a few years ago when I began to take control of our summers. It seems kind of stifling to think about planning out your summer but for our family it has led to more peaceful, productive and joyful summers.
- Determine your summer activity budget. Do you have $0, $100 or $500 for your summer activities? This budget will really help you plan realistically what activities your family can do this summer.
- Plan out your summer activities: Normally I head over to print free calendars and I print out summer calendar that covers June through August. Then my husband and I review the activities and pray over them for direction. This year I am setting up an alternate Google Calendar to input the information and overlay it on our already busy summer.
- I contact anyone that needs to be notified/asked if we can use their pool, 2nd home or visit.
- check Summer movie Schedule
- Check the Local pro/semi-pro/collegiate schedules
- Write in vacations
- Check the swim lessons schedule
First, I plug in all the vacations we plan to take. Then it is time to sign up for the activities we always do or the priority activities:
- I plan specific dates for focused one on one time with each child
- I determine what special summer programming we will have in our homeschool . this year we will be studying art over the summer. I am hoping that our middle schooler will help me determine an additional summer focus.
- Determine which courses if any you will continue to work on during the summer
- Sign up for summer reading programs
- We get a swim pass for the family and consider signing up your Middle & High Schoolers up for Life guard lessons.
Next, we add in the activities we’d like to do if time and money allows into my “temporary ” calendar and see what will work.
- Sign up Middle & High Schoolers up for volunteer programs (VBS leaders, library helpers etc…)
- Consider a ‘Safe Sitter” course for your older children to complete over the summer.
- Get a Summer movie pass or other entertainment venues
- We check VBS’s one of our local churches does a creative arts camp that our kids are going to participate in.
- Determine if your child will continue art lessons
- Piano camp
So really I am getting a schedule together and making a framework for summer. So I can be intentional with our summer. Often once I get the calendar filled it is ridiculously full and we would need a vacation after summer to recover from summer. By writing it all down I am able to manage our summer.
5 Things to do to make your summer more fun
- I try to coordinate as many activities as possible with our friends as possible
- Plan family day/activities for instance we make ice cream and enjoy it as a family
- Schedule dead days where you do nothing
- Don’t over-schedule
- Pray over all of your activities and be sensitive to the spirit of God as you choose what your family will do with their summer.
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