Being the crazy women that I am I have made a summer schedule. When you open our school/art/game closet, there above the "I made good choices charts" there are monthly calendars showing all the cool stuff we plan to do. About two weeks ago I sat down with the kids and asked them; what would they like to do this summer. Holly started off with playing outside. i thought this could be an easy summer. By the time the list was done there was swimming (anyone that has a pool please invite us over), going to the zoo and a museum (Josh loves Night at the Museum), seeing movies and about 15 other items. I told them we might not do them all, but we would try to have as much fun as possible.
Now most people would not think that you could schedule fun, but for me not to have a schedule
DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! I would love to be spontaneous, but it just doesn't work for me, I've tried.
So above our monthly calendars there are daily schedules a plan a and plan b for what we will do through the day. That way we can still do chores, school time and (a new one) mommy time. I feel like i am constantly telling my kids I can't play with them right now, or mommy just has to get one more thing done. So I am making sure that I don't miss time with them. i have put special time with just them to do whatever they want to do (within reason) each day. I hope I do keep this up. On Friday Holly wanted to play cooking and Josh wanted to play games. They both thought it was super cool.
Now the last list above that is a list of different ideas of activities to do to teach them English, writing and math. I know it is alot, but it brings peace to my life.