the structure of summer

Last summer was an epic fail at our house. The kids did a few camps, I was not working, but I was not in a place to provide a lot of good structure for them. Death and grief are sneaking things. Thankfully, Rahul (the more social parent) saved us from complete and total neglect. I am determined to be better this summer.

Here are our plans so far.

1) Camps. The kids will do 3 weeks of camps…only things that are of interest to them. Horseback riding for Samantha, rock and roll camp for Aidan, one week at CFS & one week at the FARM for both.

2) Summer Bridges. These books are a LIFE SAVER.


The books have activities that “bridge” the grade your child is leaving to the one he is entering. The goal is for there to be no gaps. Super easy and straightforward. A page a day is the expectation.

3) Doodle and Tinker Crates.


Samantha gets Doodle, Aidan gets Tinker. They get all the materials to think and be creative once a month. All for less than $30/month. Hello, I would spend more than that on just the materials myself. Plus they have creative people to come up with the actual activities.

3) Math IXL.

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Ok, less fun than the crates but necessary. Why? The website breaks down each grade level math skill so you can target specific areas to work on. Great for non math brain moms like me. And, your kid’s progress is tracked so you know when they need to move to the next level.

4) Exercise.

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Both kids have Fit Bits, and the expectation will be that they take 10,000 steps daily. This is my attempt at getting my kids to move (while only having a screen on their arms). In the 1980s we did this all by ourselves… and without supervision. Times they are a changing…sigh.

5) Book reports.


Long ago I gave up on the idea of just “reading” for 30 minutes. There needs to be a tangible result. Thankfully my in laws offer a monetary amount for each book report written for each book read. My kids are highly motivated by cash, so this works for us.

This is my top 5 of how to structure summer. I will post later on how to get chores done and how to account that these have happened each day. Check back.


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