My children have 7 1/2 days of school left (and I am on jury duty next week!) It occurred to me this week that I have to get going on our Summer plans.
We only have one week of travel, so I am the cruise director for the remaining 80 days. I understand the importance of not over-scheduling my children, but I also understand that too much idle time (or screen time for that matter) is a recipe for in-fighting.
We will participate in many of the library's Summer Reading Program activities and our church's VBS. I have also worked with the children to select several day camps they are interested in (art, tennis, baseball, basketball), but all of them are either 9-11 or 9-12. This still leaves 10-11 hours a day of time. I have learned as a Mom that it always behooves me to have somewhat of a plan in my back pocket--but for sanity's sake, I must hold it loosely. In other words, I like to have a plan that allows for spontaneity and some ownership and decision-making by my children.
The way we approached this last year was to make a big list of things we would like to do during the Summer. Some were big--day trips to Atlanta or Chattanooga for the aquarium, the zoo, the children's museum. Others were small--making t-shirts, playing in the city fountain, a picnic. We wrote them on different index cards and put them in a large manila envelope. When we were 'bored,' we'd go to the envelope and pick an activity. As we completed them we posted the cards inside my pantry doors. By the end of the Summer we had lots to show for our time off from school.
I am brainstorming ways to build to this system. I am thinking of color coding the cards according to length of time needed (i.e, 1-2 hours, half day or full day). I am still debating the merits of random drawing (with Mom veto allowed, of course) or having our "Leader of the Day" select.
I am also considering adding a few work projects around the house to the list like cleaning the garage, washing baseboards etc...(although I know those would necessitate random drawing :-)
I would love to open the comments up to how you organize your Summer. I am certain there are some terrific ideas in this group. Please share!