Summer Schedule For Kids!
Around the time our daughter turned one we had a fairly set daily schedule. It wasn’t something I necessarily wrote out and followed exactly every day, but we had a regular routine. It kept my sanity and it structured my day as a stay at home mom.
Being a stay at home mom is wonderful, but I’ve found if I have too much open time without structure I don’t know what to do with myself. I write a to-do list in the morning, but if my day is too open ended I’m more likely to slack off and get nothing done.
Right now our weeks are heavily influenced by preschool and swim lessons. These regular activities structures our days and routines. Though with summer coming up our schedule is looking wide open.
What Happens When Our Schedule is Wide Open
It’s kind of freeing to have nothing on the calendar, but again I know myself. We won’t do well if we have a completely unstructured summer. All of us like order and our family thrives on it.
So I decided to create a sample summer schedule for young children. Our kids are toddler to preschool age. With this schedule we are hoping to provide some structure and order to our lazy summer days.
Our Summer Schedule For Kids
In our schedule I planned our days out by the hour. It seemed easiest for our family and it flowed naturally with our regular school year schedule. You can see some things like nap time last two blocks so two hours (approximately from 1-3 pm). See our sample here:
If the clock stresses you out, try writing an order of events instead of assigning a time value to everything. You can use your to-do list to structure yourself instead of timing everything out. Find what works for you!
I’ve also created a blank schedule for your to fill out your family. Download your copy at the end of the post! You can use ours as an example. It’s up to you if you want to follow your schedule exactly or more loosely.
Another game changer in our family is having a list of activities ready and available for when our kids say “What can we do?” or “I’m bored!” Although I’d like to think I’m creative, my mind doesn’t always remember all the fun activities we have at our house.
This is why I created this list of over 30 simple summer activities for kids with little to no prep required! Print this out with your schedule and it should help you fill in some of that open play or independent play time.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a summer schedule for kids? Do you require your children to do chores or activities before you allow TV time? Share with us in the comments below.