Summer can be a wonderful time with your children, full of adventures and exploring. It can also be a time when you realize how much you appreciate their teachers!
Since your kids are probably mostly used to structure and routine from school, we’re sharing a list of things your child can – and should – be doing every day this summer. He or she should be able to accomplish most of this independently. You can laminate this list or print out copies and have your kid cross out the tasks daily.
If you have a kid who is motivated by incentives, you can offer a fun outing, screen time or a treat each day when the list is completed.
Or, you can just let your child bask in the glow of a job well done. Remember, it’s about teaching responsibility and keeping a routine. Schoolagers, for the most part, thrive on routines and keeping a rhythm in your home can help prevent the “summer slide” and make your days go by more smoothly.
1. Get dressed
2. Brush teeth/hair
3. Eat breakfast
4. Make bed/tidy room
5. Read for 20 minutes
6. Write/draw/color for 20 minutes
7. Make or create something
8. Chore of the day (clean toilets, wipe baseboards, empty dishwasher, empty trashcans in the bathrooms, vacuum/Swiffer, weed, water plants)
9. Play outside/do something physical
10. Set your “goal of the day”
Please use this list as a guide and tailor it to your child’s age and abilities. Ten things is a lot for some kids; some kids could probably do 20 things! And don’t forget to ask your kids for input. They might have ideas and suggestions too.
Enjoy your summer!
3. Read for 20 min
4. Write for 20 min
5. Pick up 10 toys
7. Create/make something (thinking legos)
8. Play outside/exercise
9. Take medicine
10. Chore of the day: weed, clean toilets, wipe baseboards, water plants, vacuum, clean trash out of my car