Every summer we put our DD in camp, and it’s not the cheapest thing in the world. But it does keep her occupied.
This year, with a new baby, money is a little tight in the Pinwarriors household. So, we’re keeping the little miss (who is now 10) at home for the majority of the summer.
There’s only one catch: she’s 10. Experience has taught us that when there’s time off from school, she will gladly blow through 8-10 hours (if no one stops her) of straight YouTube watching.
[Seriously…how many videos of grown men playing Minecraft can there be? Lots, apparently.]
At the same time, we’re busy. Steve works from home, and Amanda is on maternity leave. That means she works 10x as much as Steve does. Between them, they just don’t have the time or energy to keep an older kid occupied.
So we found a great little list on Facebook, and thought it would make a perfect springboard for designing our own summer schedule. We laid out tasks we thought would be of the most benefit to her (not including her swimming lessons), and used access to her electronics as a reward for completing those tasks.
Thus, we have the Kids’ Awesome Summer Schedule checklist 🙂
Each portion of the day is divided into blocks. When she finishes all of the things in each block, she can have the assigned amount of electronics time. If she doesn’t, she doesn’t. Of course there’s no obligation to do any of it; if she wants to play at her friend’s house for six hours, that’s fine. She just can’t use her computer for that block.
It gives us an opportunity to instill some good daily productivity and learning habits (20 minutes of reading, 30 minutes of STEM, etc.), while still recognizing that this is a kid on summer vacation.
It’s only been a few days, but it’s proven so useful to both keeping her busy and keeping her off her computer for long stretches, that we decided we should share it. It’s customizable, so you can put your own kids’ names on it, make multiple copies, change the activities to match your preferences, and of course change up how much time they spend online or with their game consoles.
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