June 5th, 2013
I took this picture last year right before the kids got home. They were so excited to bust through the finish line! Woo Hoo! Summertime!
We also made a GIANT list of all the fun things we wanted to do that summer. I'm happy to say we checked off almost every one (I don't think there were any pony rides, but hey! they're expensive).
This summer, I'm inspired by this post about getting summer right. Having a schedule--albeit a loosey goosey summer one--is key to keeping my sanity in the summer. I really like the idea of having a set amount of time everyday dedicated to a specific task: say 20 minutes reading, 20 minutes writing, 30 minutes chores, 20 minutes working toward their summer goal.
My idea is to make a summer passport--inspired by the restaurant passport above (hmm, that link seems to be broken, but you get the idea). We'll make some little books together and write down all the tasks we want/need to accomplish all summer in them. Then I'm going to go out and purchase one of those handy dandy date stampers--you know, the ones the librarians used to stamp your book? And I'll stamp their passport when they finish the tasks.
Does this sound too complicated? Last year our summer was filled with fun stuff and my kids' definitely learned some things too. But this summer I want them to see how a little time each day adds up to awesome things. Oh my, I think KCW has taken over my brain!