Bee has been home from school for one week, and it became clear after only the first day that a schedule was necessary. I decided this after she complained for what seemed like the 5 millionth time that she had nothing to do, she missed school, she missed her friends, etc. Also, I find that it’s nearly impossible for me to accomplish anything at all with three children at home unless I find some way to occupy the girls, while accomodating the boy’s nap schedule. For those of you who are also facing this dilemma, here’s the schedule that we’re currently working with.
7:30 – 9:00 Everybody up. Breakfast, get dressed, room chores (beds, laundry in hamper, toy pick-up).
9:00 – 11:00 Outside play time or a scheduled activity, such as visits to the park or library, summer lessons or camps (these don’t begin until the end of the month).
11:30 – Noon. Lunch
Noon – 1:00 Rest time
1:00 – 2:00 Learning time. The kids work on various educational activities designed to prevent boredom (workbooks, cooking or baking, nature notebooks, educational computer games, puzzles, flash cards, handwriting practice for Cakes, etc). My kids love having “school” at the kitchen table, especially Bee, who is always up for learning anything new.
2:00 – 3:00 Creativity time. I’m planning a variety of art and craft projects, based on ideas found in a library book. When the pool begins regular hours, we may substitute swim time a couple of afternoons each week.
3:00 – 4:00 Snacks and silent reading time. The girls always beg to read before bed, but then they stay up too late and are cranky in the morning. This block of time satisfies their need to read, and it’s a quiet activity that they can do while I care for DJ, who is usually up from his nap around 3:00.
4:00 – 5:00 TV time. The girls love iCarly, and there are usually two episodes on during this time. It keeps them occupied while I prep and cook dinner.
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner and clean-up.
6:00 – 7:30 Free time. The girls often go outside at this time. I encourage as much physical exercise and outside time as possible in the morning and early evening, because I try to keep the kids inside in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest and most dangerous. Bee is like I was as a kid – she has headaches and nausea when she spends too much time in the sun.
7:30 – 8:00 Baths and showers.
8:00 – 8:30 Family time. The girls like this time because they can talk to us about their day, or we might read a book or devotional, or play a game together.
8:30 – 9:00 Bed time routines.
This schedule is just a general plan for the day, and it’s very flexible. It’s only been in effect for a couple of days, so I’ll keep you posted about how it works for us. If you have a summer schedule that works for you, please share in the comments.