Yesterday was the last day of school so today was officially the first day of summer vacation. I'm SO glad to be done with the school year and have my kids to myself a lot more. They're growing up so fast and I just don't feel like I get enough of them during the school year!
We got up late, had a special breakfast, lounged around in our PJ's a bit, then got going on setting up our Loosli Learning Adventures Summer Camp. We brainstormed all the fun activities and field trips everyone is excited about doing together. We went over all the things the kids need to do each day and printed out their charts for tracking their "must-do" completion (must-do's include reading for 30 minutes, doing a quick page of writing - journaling or using the list of writing prompts we've got, doing a couple quick household chores, getting exercise outside for at least 30 minutes, praticing/working towards one of their summer goals...the must-dos take like an hour and a half each day, leaving them tons of time for relaxing, playing with friends, and doing fun activities and field trips together). Tomorrow we'll start working on their summer goals (learn about summer goals in a podcast I did with the twins a couple years ago here).
We've been doing this family summer camp thing every summer for 7 years now. We've figured out some systems that really work and it has been great for us to have some structure as well as a lot of fun.
If this sounds like something that might work for your family, check out the post I did several years ago: Do-it-Yourself Summer Camp. I originally wrote the post mostly to keep track of what was working well for our family (I didn't want to forget important details between summers!). But wow, that post became one of the most popular posts of all time on Power of Moms - it's been read by over a million moms now.
If you read the post and want help getting your family summer camp set up, check out our Summer Camp Kit that has all the instructions, tracking charts, brainstorming sheets, etc. that will help make it extra easy. And as one of my blog readers, I invite you to use the coupon code "SUMMERFUN" to get 20% off and get the kit for just $24.
Hope this info is helpful as you think through what will work well for your family this summer!