I have an almost 6 yo (who will be finishing all-day kindergarten next week) and an almost 4 yo. I'm hoping to figure out a good balance between interesting things to do and free down time, while supporting DS's desire to learn and explore. (I'm almost in the mindset of seeing summertime as 'homeschooling time'.)
So, what are your plans and strategies?
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Other than that, we will do a lot of outside play. DD is going to be 3 in August, so we have a big woodland/fairy theme bash for that...and I plan on doing a lot of fun play dates and BBQ's with family & friends.
There's a natural pond about 30-40 minutes away, and some pools. I think we will make weekly ventures there to swim because DD LOVES to, and we don't have a pool anymore. Also lots of sprinkler/water table outdoor play, farting around in the garden, and reading.
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Inbetween those we will be doing fun swim at the pool, play dates, trips to the creek, a few day trips hopefully and if I hear "I'm bored" I have plenty of material to do some homeschooling more than the additionsl 4 hours a week per child I aim to do.
We also just bought a trampoline which seems to be a huge hit so lots of outdoor play on that and in the paddling pool.
I am hoping for a few weekend trips to Great Wolf Lodge or to Holiday World but at the rate our major appliences are dying on us we may not have the cash for that.
i will be having baby #2
and TONS of outside time. walls just cannot contain my little man lol
other than that, just the usual daily routines with some disneyland trips thrown in (we have passes) for the walking to help baby #2 get into position
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We might head to Niagara Falls this year also for a weekend.
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Monday- guitar lessons for DS2 and DD2 in the afternoon
Tuesday (crazy day)- gymnastics for DD1, dance class for DD2, drum lessons for DS1. I often run errands while DD1 is at gymnastics (it's a 90 min class), and DD2's dance class is right next to the library, so we go there while we're waiting for her. DS1's drum lessons are near my sister's and parents' houses, so we're going to try to have dinner with them most Tuesdays.
Wednesday- small playgroup day
Thursday- park day
Friday- FREE day. DH sometimes works from home on Fridays, which means that I go out for lunch with friends or run errands/ do the shopping without the kids.
In addition to all of these scheduled activities, we also spend time at the pool and library, we go hiking, we go to the occasional museum/zoo. I also go out at least a few times a month with my girlfriends on the weekend. And DH and I have been better about getting a babysitter so that we can go out together as well
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-We're going to WI for a week, then we head directly to Maine for 2 weeks.
-Every week we have a pot-luck style mommies night, which will be taking place in a park now that it's warmer.
-My DS is taking violin lessons and swimming lessons
-We plan on taking 2-3 camping trips to the Oregon coast
-My DS has a day camp planned for 1 week in July
-We will be going to lots of parks, water fountains, hiking trails, beaches, etc.
Pretty much our whole summer is booked up with activities or traveling. We're pretty busy people.
The first day of summer vacation, we came up with a list of places to go, field trips. The kids came up with about 12 ideas which is perfect for 12 weeks of summer! Our church has a weekly playgroup that meets on fridays at a different park each week. So, each week we do one field trip and playgroup. Apart from that, I bought a blow up family pool, some art supplies, outdoor toys and alot of library books. I also signed them up for vacation bible school for two weeks which actually gives me 3 hours per day with no kids (first time ever!)
Our daily routine includes a few separate reading times, chores, snacks, lunch, rest time and free play.
I am starting homeschooling in the fall, so I look at this as sort of a trial run, or at least getting into the groove!
Right now we spend 3 mornings a week reading books and doing projects or learning activities around those books. Plus snack! After lunch they head outside for a couple of hours until nap/rest time.
The other two mornings I we get out to a playgroup/library/playground/museum/whatever! As soon as our local pool opens up we'll probably do that one or two days a week.
Since my DH just ate up all his vacation time for the birth of our daughter... that's about it.
Oh and we have passes to the local amusement park. We usually do that with daddy in the evening or on weekends.
I need to get a game plan. My kids are 3 and 1 so they are pretty much happy tagging along anywhere with me
But I would like to plan a few trips, get involved in some play groups, and make sure they get some good one-on-one time with the folks in our family.
I am totally excited about packing up the kids and going with my hubby 1x, my friend a couple times, on road trips!!! ..... yay!
So weekly we go to the park Monday mornings.... to the movies on Tuesdays (it's the summer promo for only a dollar each!) ...library story time on Wednesday mornings....Thursdays we do a water activity (either the pool, spray park, or our own sprinklers)...Friday is our free day and every other week we'll hit one of the Museums on the list....
Also daily we go to the free summer lunch program that the school system hosts at our local park. It's a HUGE help because I can do easy breakfasts at home or on the go and then hit the park for lunch and not have to worry about cleaning the kitchen all day just doing dinners. In the afternoons we relax while reading books and trying to cool off. We'll do some homeschooling workbooks twice a week at their leisure.
So far we've had a TON of fun...they get to do boys night out with dad once a week every other week to the local soccer team's games....and then we go out for ice cream the other week!
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Story time on Wed
Big trips/adventures this summer include...
--outdoor concerts and dancing are every week, we're trying to go as much as we can
--July 3 outdoor concert with fireworks
--grandma comes to visit for a week
--going to KY to visit Mammoth Caves (DD will go to Dinosaur Land and not the caves)
--Going to beaches in UP MI for a week with family
We try to get out in the mornings several times a week (park, pool, storytime, etc), and we are home by lunch. By 11 or 12, it's way too hot to be outside. In summer, we watch a lot more TV than we do in winter time, because it's so hot. Fairly miserable honestly. And, it's only June. I dread August.
The little and medium always take naps, and the bigger one sometimes. But, if no nap time, then we read books and work on the summer reading program list (just a contest to see how many books we can read adn write down the titles).
We do one big field trip every week or every other week (dairy tour, farm tour, puppet show, museum, zoo, etc). Library weekly. If it's a stay at home day, I try to find a fun arts nad craft project for them to do.
This year, we're not going on vacation (cause my dh took a week off with the new baby), but we might plan a camping weekend this fall.