This whole thing takes about ten minutes. I start by brainstorming a bucket list of the activities we'd like to do, with input from Brad and the kids. I also brainstorm a list of potential weekly themes.
Then I print out my summer calendar (just from my Mac), divvy up the themes, then plan some field trips that match the weekly theme, as well as some Saturday activities for our family that also match up.
Additionally, I also think about how I want to spend our days. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays will be devoted to more at-home stuff including "Mommy School," going to our local parks and library, and our afternoon lessons (soccer, gymnastics, swim, art), and Tuesday/Thursdays will be our adventure days! I wrote a little schedule up for me, as well as a list for what "Mommy School" can entail, including mini-lessons that relate to the weekly themes. With all of this sketched out, I feel like our summer will be more productive, fun, and interesting!
Here are our themes for this year:
Last thing: this is designed to be flexible. Last year, I probably stuck to my plans about 60-80% of the time. So my calendar served its purpose, in my mind! We do better with a structure, but we also do well with some built-in wiggle room. Each day, we can still mix in some ways to get outside, go exploring, and have some educational fun alongside of LOTS of free play for the kids. Because what is summer without some lazy days and lots of popsicles?
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