Making Good Use of Summer
How to provide kids with opportunities for both learning and play.
Here’s the schedule for a typical summer day:
After a leisurely breakfast with no TV, we do 30 minutes of some “heady” activity (worksheets, reading, etc.), followed by a physical activity.
Next, it’s time for lunch and quiet time, when my kids like to read or watch a video. Then, while I prepare dinner, my kids have “free play” (art projects, crafts, games, etc.).
I love the flexibility summer allows, and I’ve found that interspersing these blocks of structure and free time throughout the day is the perfect mix for kids.
–Kim Siarkowski, Chicago
Updated on August 23, 2017