This is our first official day of summer. Clara’s last day of preschool was last Wednesday, but we had Grandmoo here and then it was the weekend, so those days don’t count. But today… today was the first day for me to fill. As my girls (especially the little one) are not very fantastic about filling their own time, this time of year strikes fear into my heart. This is especially true since I have cut the girl’s screen time down to one hour or less per day. I decided that at least a little bit of a schedule is in order. Here is our very flexible schedule for summer days:
- Curious George (1/2 hour)
- Shower/get dressed
- Gardening/weeding/outside play time
- Morning activity
- Nap/Quiet time
- Afternoon activity (Could be just playing in the back yard
- Movie (1/2 hour)
So far today it has worked out quite well. You’ll notice that I did not include times on our schedule so that I can manipulate things as I want. For instance, our wake up time was officially a bright and early 5:30 and we were outside for gardening and play time by 8:00 this morning, so hopefully it won’t be that early every day.
Our morning activity today was a trip to Dollar Tree and swmimming lessons at the community center. Woo hoo. There will be more exciting things to come. To prepare for this, the girls and I created this year’s summer fun list this weekend. Remember last years? Well, it turns out that pulling a random stick out of a jar was just too spontaneous for me. So, this year we have a list. That way we can discuss and there is no expectation that we will do whatever is pulled out of the jar. But there are still tons of fun activities to choose from.
The girls painted a piece of cardboard from a cracker box with about a ton of glitter paint (have I mentioned our current love affair with glitter paint?) and then two days later, when it was dry, I used a Sharpie to write out the list we had brain stormed. Will we get to all of them? Probably not, but at least we have somewhere to start to fill in our schedule.