Summer vacation will be here before you know it, and even the most self-entertaining child can get bored fast. Use this June calendar to set the tone for summer break. Print it out and sit down with the kids to plan how they will spend their summer vacation. Here are some suggestions:
- Schedule the routine items first. For example, if the children will be taking swimming or music lessons, doing academic work, or practicing for a sport, select the times and make them part of a daily routine. Children respond well to routines and are used to following a schedule at school. Having a regular routine makes it easier to stick to goals and to use time wisely. Other routines can include making the bed, taking care of a pet, watering the garden, play dates, and going for a walk or hike.
- Take turns. Mom or Dad gets to choose one day’s activities and each of the kids can choose another. Plan one week at a time or the whole month in one sitting. Include activities for all times of the day, for example, a morning bike ride one day, a picnic lunch on another day, and a late night movie on another.
- Leave some space for spontaneity. It may not be possible or desirable to schedule something every day, so leave some empty spaces. Or, insert some “surprise” events that you can choose and control based on what you need that day. Be sure to include rainy day activities, so all the time spent indoors is not spent in front of the television (see next item).
- Limit time in front of the TV. Kids may want to watch it, but a 30 minute show can easily turn into a whole morning of television or video games. If kids want to watch TV or play video games, make this one of the scheduled events, so it won’t become the go-to activity for every unscheduled moment.
- Acknowledge accomplishments. If your child has a behavior plan or some summer goals, put stickers or smiley faces on the calendar to mark the days or half-days that were successful.
What is one of your child’s favorite summer activities? What is yours?
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Summer Solutions provides the necessary review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break, but also for a lifetime.