Keeping Organized over the Summer Break
Can you believe it’s June? School is almost out, graduations have taken place and summer vacation and camps are starting.
We all dream about the day we can turn our lives into an endless vacation. But scientists have actually proven that as much as this fantasy lives in our mind, we probably wouldn’t enjoy it too much if it became a reality. Why?
Because having the freedom to do nothing all day doesn’t bring us joy. Purpose does—a reason to get up in the morning, a goal we’re working towards, challenging ourselves to become better than we are today. That’s what drives us.
We like to recommend planning out a ‘summer bucket list’ as soon as school is out. Put together a fun list of summer to dos. There are the trips to the pool, beach, and museums. Time for projects and of course, camp. Also the upcoming sibling rivalry and the ‘’I'm bored" comments.
Check out this pin if you need some inspiration.
Keep a loose routine so the chaos doesn’t take over your home. Have summer reading and chores done in the morning before camp or any play happens. Keeping organized will help you make the most of the long summer days. And remember, take time to enjoy the birds chirping, the sun setting late, the kids creative playing and summer barbecues.
Here are some Tips we have found useful over the years:
Saving memories from the school year
Now is the perfect time to go through the enormous pile of work from the school year and create a system that works, especially if you find your pile is pretty high right now!
Go through all the school workbooks, notebooks folders and worksheets that come home & pull out any written stories or favorite comments and then recycle the rest. Take the saved sheets, report cards, certificates and memories and place them in a file folder and label the grade on it. Then store in a file box or small container.
Keep a schedule and stick to it!
Sure, maybe the kids don’t have to wake up at the same time as during the school year, but their schedule should stay relatively the same. There’s nothing harder than getting them back in the groove come August and no-one wants to do all their summer reading the last week of summer vacation-a schedule will avoid that conflict.
Start a book challenge by taking the gang to the library.
Using charts and stickers, track how many books your kids read. At the end of the summer, enjoy a pizza or ice cream party to celebrate.
Work together to create physical goals that will keep the kids active
From learning to ride a bike to practicing shooting hoops, it’s so important to get the kids off the couch by engaging them in activities that get their blood pumping.
As a family, pick a charity or organization you’ll donate your time to each week
Watch as your kids grow when they see the impact they can make on the world around them.
Create a family goal list of places you want to go, things you want to see, and experiences you want to enjoy together!
Creating goals with your kids over the summer is an easy way to keep them engaged, out of trouble, and full of purpose—100% ready to take on the new school year.
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