During the last few months, I’ve had a bunch of moms tell me, when the subject of summer came up, that they were dreading the upcoming months of their kids being at home all day long. It kind of surprised me at first because having no schedule and having my boys home with me all day long sounded so appealing for me, and I’d been counting down the days til summer gets out so we could just play and go to the beach all the time.
But the more I thought about it, the more nervous I got about three months of no set schedule. I thrive on a schedule (as do my boys), and although I like having no schedule for a few days, I quickly tire of it. Also, I know myself, and know that if I merely say I want to go to the beach twice a week, it won’t happen.
So my solution? A Daily Summer Schedule board! I sat down with my 5 year old (and by myself) and decided all the things we and I wanted to do each week during the summer (he really wants to learn how to cook, so I’m glad I consulted him so we could add that in!), and then we made this little chalkboard that outlines them all. This will avoid the daily and constant “what are we doing today?” questions, me scrambling to come up with something fun and/or educational everyday, and getting to the end of the summer and thinking, “we didn’t get to half of the things we wanted to do this summer!”
Also, I should note that this doesn’t include the daily reading aloud time, school time, piano practice, Saturday family outings, and a few other things we’ll fit in.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Tape off your board. We measured it evenly to make five rectangles (one for each week day), and one long strip for the top for our title.
Paint the entire board with chalkboard paint. We did three coats, but even 4 or 5 would be better so you have a nice thick chalkboard. Let it dry.
When it’s completely dry, peel off the tape and scribble on each chalkboard section with a white piece of chalk. Rub it in with a dry rag to create a nice chalky base. Then you’re ready to write your schedule!
(events marked with an asterisk are every other week)