Summers at home with the boys have basically been a free-for-all, trying-not-to-kill-each-other, kind of experience. This year, inspired by Nicole & Maggie’s recent post, I’m trying something different.
It’s called STRUCTURE.
My boys need it, especially since they’ll both be in school come September (E will be going into grade 2, C into junior kindergarten). BUH-BYE super expensive daycare!
E has two weeks of summer camps (first one is science/multi-sport, second is outdoor/nature-based), and will be home otherwise. C will be at daycare Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and home otherwise. We will also be going away in mid-July to visit my family in Alberta.
So, here are my rough thoughts so far:
For E (between grade 1 and 2)
- Reading time each day (15-30min?)
- Writing practice each day (1-2 workbook pages)
- Learning piano with me M/W/F (15-30min?)
- Math practice on T/Th (1-2 workbook pages)
- Weekly journal entry
- Other educational activities: puzzle books (he likes word searches and mazes), electronics and robotics kits, flying drone
- Video game time and unstructured play-time of course (board/card games, lego, etc).
- Summer goals: learning to ride a 2-wheel bike; learning to knit
C loves doing homework when E does, so hopefully this will work. I have a couple pre-K workbook, so he’ll work on:
- Reading time
- Other educational activities: puzzles, his codeapillar, colouring
- He’ll also get screen time & unstructured playtime
- Summer goals: writing his name legibly; not drive me insane!
For both (T/Th):
- Soccer practice
- Arts & crafts
- Field trips!
- LOTS of outdoor time/exploration
Any thoughts or suggestions for kids that are 3.5 and 6.5 years old? What are you doing with your kids this summer?