I’m setting up some daily structure for the summer now. We have one important rule: no computer before 11 am. They are allowed an hour a day during the summer, and it works better if I give them “time to earn” that privilege. This summer they’ll also be allowed an hour of playstation time, but not before 3. And they are required to read for at least an hour a day. That’s our day by day.
They are looking forward to ending their first year in public school and having a long leisurely summer. They did a great job tackling a big transition, and I’m happy to have the chance to stay home and allow them the kind of summer I had as a kid.
But I also asked them to put a couple of fun things on their wish list for the summer, and here’s what they picked.
Thing 1: Living Treasures Animal Park, Build A Cactus Garden, Grow a jade plant
Thing 2: Get good Pokemon cards, Ride a camel, play laser tag at Lazer Storm
All pretty manageable goals for a summer vacation.
We go to the library regularly year round, we have a big-for-the-suburbs garden to tend, and I’m going to continue having them prepare dinner one night a week. So those are our weekly activities.
I’m also going to get them to the water park, to Maine, and with luck I’ll get us ALL organized for a camping trip. Our first. Eek.
My friend Gina over at Sister Serendip has a great summer plan for loose weekly themes and manages to keep five little ones lightly focused and fairly busy all summer. Check her out, too. And then tell me what YOUR plans are, over on Facebook or in the comments below. Here we go!