“What am I going to do with my kids during their summer?” This is probably the biggest question on any mom’s mind come May. Through the years I’ve done it all: extra-curriculars, tutoring, family vacations, etc. So now I can confidently tell you that the best thing I ever did for my kids’ summer schedules (and my own sanity) was schedule their days with equal amounts of fun and thought-provoking activities. Of course we don’t want to bog down our children with math packets and French lessons, but I’ve found that they really are their best selves when given some structure mixed in with some free time.
For younger kids (think Preschool-5th grade) they will thrive in what I call the “stations” environment. Each day should have 3-5 stations, depending on the complexity and time committed to the activity. To make mom’s (or dad’s) life easier, I plan at least a week ahead which gives me time to buy necessary items like crafts, ingredients, etc. and also write out the lesson plan (whether my kids will see it or if it’s for my eyes only, preparation is key).