Keep a little bit of order and routine without sacrificing the fun of summer with this summer schedule for kids!
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to keep your kids engaged, active, and entertained during their break from school. A well-structured summer schedule can provide a sense of routine, help children learn new skills, and ensure they make the most of their time off.
On the days where it looks like Lord of the Flies, well, it looks like Lord of the Flies. There’s meltdowns, tears, fighting, and way too much pre-teen attitude. And, since our normal time at home has been extended due to the current world situations, it’s gonna be a long couple of months if we don’t get it together now.
A few years ago, I sat the boys down to help me come up with our new summer schedule. I took their input and went with it. This meant I came up with a schedule that we all are on board for.
Do I think this schedule will last all summer? Of course not! The schedule is meant to be flexible. It is summer for crying out loud. I am not going to let the schedule dictate every day but it will help us on most days.
Summer Schedule for Kids
Set Goals and Priorities
Before diving into the specifics, take some time to identify your goals and priorities for the summer. Consider what you want your child to gain from the break, whether it’s learning new skills, staying active, fostering creativity, or simply having fun. By setting clear goals, you can tailor the schedule to meet those objectives and ensure a well-rounded summer experience.
Split the Household Chores
When I created this schedule a few years ago, one of my missions was to have the kids help out with the housework…without whining. My deal to them? The more they help me out around the house, the more time we have to do fun things!
Last year, I implemented some more Summer Rules. They were pretty straight forward and to the point. They helped establish a routine and expectations. And, for the most part, it worked!
Establish a Morning Routine
One of the best ways to kick start your day is to have a good morning routine. Again, nothing elaborate or fancy. Your basic morning routine to get things off on the right foot!
What does our morning routine look like?
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Get dressed
- Morning chores
I have found that the mornings we don’t follow our routine are the days we find ourselves being super lazy. And that’s ok too! We all need those days.
Have a Good Bedtime Routine
Even though my kids are a bit older, we still have a bedtime routine. Just like you need a structure in the morning, it helps to have one at night too.
Here is what our bedtime routine looks like:
- Put on comfy pajamas
- Ditch the technology
- Read a book
- Go to bed
Embrace Outdoor Adventures
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. Dedicate specific days or times for outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, swimming, or playing in the park. Encourage your child to explore the natural world, learn about plants and animals, and appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. Outdoor activities provide physical exercise, fresh air, and a break from screen time.
Schedule Social Time
Summer is an excellent opportunity for children to build and maintain social connections. Schedule playdates, outings with friends, or even summer camps where they can engage with peers and develop social skills. Social interaction is essential for their emotional well-being and helps foster teamwork, communication, and problem-solving abilities.
Balance Screen Time
While it’s tempting to let children indulge in excessive screen time during the summer, it’s important to find a balance. Include dedicated screen time slots in the schedule for activities like educational apps, age-appropriate movies, or video games. However, limit the duration and encourage other activities that promote physical activity, social interaction, and creativity.
If you are looking for things to do with your kids this summer, we put together a list of our favorite things!
Free Printable Summer Schedule for Kids
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