The Edwards Academy summer break started one month ago. Sure, we're still plugging away on math and we have daily reading time, but for all intents and purposes school has been out. We've had a few major distractions in the month of May (birthdays, dad in the hospital, finishing our beloved BSF, the homeschool convention) but now we look ahead to a nearly blank calendar in June.
It is time for a summer schedule!
After a few restless days in which I accomplished nothing and the kids' playtime dissolved into bickering, I powered up my Excel spreadsheet and put together our summer schedule and summer chore charts.
I periodically kick off chore assignments, which we generally follow for a few months before circumstances change and we stop for a few days and then I fail to reinstate our chores. But it is time to kick it off again and this summer I'm going to try a zone defense.
I've assigned rooms to each of my kids on certain days. If you are assigned the hall bath, then it is your job to keep it shining all day long. Ditto on the dining room, laundry/mud room, living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. It didn't take long for them to realize that they don't appreciate their siblings making messes in their space!
Meanwhile, we've blocked off time for outside play in the morning, math time, reading time, playdough with Tobias, snacks, Edwards Academy summer art class, and chores. I'm able to keep the laundry moving throughout the day, work on some extra household chores, and devote some time to the book project I'm working on.
We are all happier and live at peace when we are guided by a schedule. Especially me.
Oh! It's time to fold the laundry!