It is summer time - and it seems there is a common panic among parents right about now. With our newborn baby this year, summer will be a little trickier. We no longer can just pick up and go - we are way more tied down. Hard to explain that to a 7 year old.
BUT - we can have fun if it is expected and planned for. Does that take all the fun out of it? I sure hope not. I spent the past week creating our Summer Binder. This binder is going to help me stay on top of things!
First off, I printed off a blank June and July calendar. Here is the link: Finding Home. Our school starts the beginning of August. Then I started filling it in. I have decided to the following throughout each week:
MONDAY - Move It day
TUESDAY - Totally Science
WEDNESDAY - What's Cooking
THURSDAY - Arts and Crafts
FRIDAY - Field Trip
Then, I started filling it in. I got most of my ideas from my Pinterest Board. I have been collecting ideas for months!
The binder also has pages printed off for extra ideas.
I have also printed off some reading logs from here and oh yes - we have a Mommy's Ransom Box (which has worked like a charm the past week).
It is pretty common around blog world to make a summer checklist and list all the things you want to do. That, however, does not work with my kids. They try to do them all the first week and we all get totally burnt out. For the past couple of years, we do the opposite. I tape a huge sheet of paper up and we write down fun things as we do them.
Then, when they complain and say they don't get to do anything fun, I point them to the poster! To translate my son's writing - eating waffles. The boy is very passionate about his food!
When my kids said to me that they were bored, I told them to grab our binder. We looked for about 10 seconds and they were off building:
(Can you see the basketball blur?) They had fun and I didn't stress out. Summer fun at home = a win!
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