Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Game-Plan

Summer is full of carefree, lazy days. Well, mostly. Around here, we thrive on routine. So, we have a "Summer Schedule" that still allows for hours of free time each day, but the structure that my children need as well. Summer is also a great time to instigate a chore chart system for your children. I am still selling my Chore Charts & Kid Bucks system on Etsy if you're interested. ;)

Our Summer Schedule:

Wake - 9:30am: Breakfast, AM Lists, Morning Jobs, then TV time (cartoons!)

9:30 - 11:30 am: Free Time or Outing (Library, Park, etc)

11:30 - 12:00pm: Lunch

12:00 - 1:30pm: Quiet Time

1:30 - 2:30pm: Free Time

2:30 - 3:30pm: Summer School

3:30 - 4:00pm: Cleaning Jobs

4:00 - 5:30pm: TV / Movie / Free time

5:30pm: Dinner

6:00 - 8:00pm: Evening Jobs, PM Lists, Reading Time, Family Time

In the morning, the TV doesn't go on for cartoons till all the other items are completed. During the summer we do "Summer School" with our kids -- workbooks and activities to keep their minds sharp between the previous school year and the next. "Cleaning Jobs" are additional responsibilities that we give our children during the summer, and they change every day.

For details on what AM / PM Lists and Morning / Evening Jobs entail, see my post "Family Economic System: Chore Charts & Kid Bucks System."

This schedule is, of course, flexible. We're going to be going to the library once a week, and hoping to do a lot of in-town stay-cation-ing too. :)

Have a great summer!

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  1. This looks like a great summer schedule! Are the TV/Movie times listed bought with the kids bucks or are they free summertime privileges?

  2. Thompsons...

    The TV time in the morning before 9:30 is "free" but every other time during the day has to be paid for with Kid Bucks. My kids, as a result, aren't watching much TV this summer. They'd rather go outside and play, because that's FREE. Yay!! :)

  3. I just found your blog and love your family's chore charts! We've done our own system with "morning and bedtime things" that are nearly identical to your am/pm lists! I was just wondering what your in-school schedule looks like.


  4. Shauna-

    During the school year, it is pretty simple:

    7am: Wake Up, Morning Lists, Morning Jobs, Breakfast, free time till time to leave for the bus (free time is a rarity, though, we're usually rushing to get out the door!)

    After school: Put school stuff away, wash hands, snack during homework

    Free time till dinner (usually purchased TV time or outside play time if the weather cooperates)

    Dinner, evening jobs, PM lists, reading time till lights out.

    p.s. Glad you like the chore charts, thanks for the compliments! :)

  5. Hi,

    My name is Nicole and I would like to buy a few of your chore charts. You don't have any more for sell on Etsy, so I hope that you check your comments. I hope to hear back from you soon! Thank you.