Do you follow a summer schedule? Some people feel that schedules are too structured and create monotonous days. However, without a schedule, I feel bored and lost. I get super antsy when I’m not working! Last year, I created a Summer schedule and it was the best thing ever!
This schedule is full of brackets! The brackets are designed to be a quick way to highlight some of the activities you complete throughout the week so you can make sure to do different things. Also, if I don’t have a list, I will forget some of the things we are able to do!
Bracket 1: Outdoor Play
What I have on my schedule includes some of our favorites! Because I have included a version you can edit, you can change them to some of YOUR favorites!
Bracket 2: Learning Play
Did you know that the CDC has printables to keep track of your child’s milestones by age? In addition to keeping those in the back of my planner, I also picked a few milestones I wanted to work on with my daughter this summer. Underneath Indoor Learning Play, you’ll see that we are working on kicking, throwing, language, and sorting. Take a look at the checklists and pick a few for you!
Bracket 3: Make or Bake
Last summer, we had a very different schedule. Monday was craft day and Tuesday was for baking. The reason we didn’t do these things every day, was because on the other days, I planned activities that required us to leave the house. We had a field trip day, a story time at the library day, and a visit friends / go shopping day. However, with stay-at-home orders still in place, although lightening up, I wanted to create a schedule that didn’t require us to leave the house. And so, for this summer, we will make or bake something every single day!
Here are some of the [MAKE] ideas I have:
- First of all, Lacey LOVES playing with tissue paper. I will most certainly be finding new ways to adapt this craft.
- Do you use a planner? I do! Whenever I am “playing” in my planner, my daughter wants to join me. If you have a binding machine of any kind (you can see mine here), you can create your own kid-friendly planner with old planner pages! I created my daughter a “scrap” planner for her to color in.
- When I say make, EVERY SINGLE DAY, I don’t mean fancy crafts each day. You can also use chalk on the sidewalk, play with building blocks, paint, play with clay, etc. Also, if there is something your child loves to do, have them do it each day until they get sick of it! This way, you aren’t driving yourself crazy coming up with a thousand different ideas!
Here are some of the [BAKE] ideas I have:
- Every Friday, we have pizza for dinner! (You can see my dinner schedule here) Instead of takeout, frozen, or any of the other purchased versions, on our “bake” days, we can make it from scratch! Does your child love to cook? Not only is it a task that can keep your child entertained, and allow you to accomplish things you need to do – like make dinner – cooking and baking also provide numerous learning opportunities for your child.
- Two words: Power Muffins. Below is a recipe for a wonderful breakfast muffin that is loaded with delicious and nutritious foods!
Mix together 1 cup whole what flour, 1 cup unbleached flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
Into a food processor, add 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1 1/2 medium carrots, 1/2 apple, 10 prunes, and 1/4 cup applesauce. (Instead of broccoli, I have also used cucumber and it worked just as well!)
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, add 2 eggs, and mix in 4 tbs of melted unsalted butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for around 15-20 minutes. Voila!
If you want, like we always do, you can add a heaping handful (or 1/2 cup) of chocolate chips.
Bracket 4: Cleaning
Because the cleaning I have included will be daily maintenance, my list is super vague. I only wanted to include a list of rooms to remind myself to clean something in each space throughout the week.
There are two important parts of our day that I don’t schedule: snack time and story time. Why? Because we do these things ALL DAY LONG!
You’ll notice there are a few times where I have included our TV preferences! We are definitely big Molly of Denali and Sesame Street fans in this house. For the first year of my daughter’s life, I didn’t even let her look in the direction of the TV! Well, she is almost two now and quarantine has changed things – anyone else? As a result, we have slowly introduced TV into her day! We strategically placed her TV time to be right after she wakes up in the morning and in the afternoon, and right be fore she goes to sleep at night. It has become a nice transitional time for her.
While this schedule is tailored to our needs and preferences as a family, I hope this inspires you to create a schedule that fits yours!
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