Making Good Use of Summer

How to provide kids with opportunities for both learning and play.

summer schedule

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