Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Summer is here and parents around the country are not just groaning about the heat. We're trying to figure out what a quarantine summer is going to look like for our kids and sanity. We've made it this long keeping safe at home but summer gives us a whole new challenge.
Experts recommend structure for kids, even through summer break. And we think it's the only thing that is going to keep our own kids from spending hours online or watching TV. So what does a structured summer schedule look like, how do you get the kids to adopt it and how much work will it be for parents? Sorry, we don't have all the answers to that. But we have an idea.
Depending on the age and interest of your kids and what's available in your area, make a list of things the kids LOVE to do, things that are good for the kids to do and things you wish they would do. Make sure each activity is not too big but also not too small. Think - watch a documentary, unload the dishwasher or read for 30 minutes. Now that you have a list of choices sort them into categories. We used Free Time, Helping Out, PE (Physical education), Learning, Social Time and Arts & Crafts. Then let the kids choose some from the 'fun' activities and some from the other activities for each day and write up the week's schedule.
What do you think? What would you add or subtract from this idea?
View the Summer Schedule Idea List in Google Docs and edit it for your own family!
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