I attended a workshop at my church titled, “Sanity in the Summer.” It was great two day workshop with free childcare! During the workshop we discussed ideas to keep our sanity and have a lot of fun with our children during the summer. Most summer vacations only last about 10 weeks but since Allie gets out of school the second week of May, our summer vacation is MUCH longer.
I’m not only planning activities for May-August but I’m also setting goals for each of my children. The goals we be in the following areas: spiritual, character, academic, and physical. I haven’t decided if I’ll do more than one in each area but I know this is a good start. My girls are young so I’m not going to do anything too complicated for the goals.
In addition to the goals I was thinking about having a theme for each day of the week to help me plan my activities. Right now I’m thinking about using the following themes:
Monday: Makes It Monday – On these days we can make something fun whether it be an arts and crafts project or cooking in the kitchen.
Tuesday: Take a Trip Tuesday – The trips don’t have to be to some place elaborate, just out of the house.
Wednesday: Watery Wednesday – I plan to do something exciting with water each week to help keep us cool. We might go to the pool, beach, make water balloons, sidewalk chalk paint, all kinds of things.
Thursday: Thoughtful Thursday – Every Thursday we will go to the library for Stories For Families where we listen to stories, sing songs, finger play, and finish off with an arts and crafts project. After the library we will do some sort of community service project. I’m not sure yet whether I want it to be a summer long project or something new and different each week.
Friday: Friendly Friday – Fridays will be playdate days with friends and family. We can also use the time to play some games for family fun nights.
My whole summer plans are still a work in the making. I’ll be updating about what we do and how things turn out. What are your summer plans to keep your sanity with the kids out of school?