There are just 3 days left until school’s out for the Summer.
For the last couple of years, since my eldest started school, I’ve promised myself I’ll schedule the holidays to ensure that we make the best use of the time.
Guess what? I never have.
“Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.” ― Diogenes Laërtius
I’ve been thinking a lot about waste lately. Yes, I always think about food waste and packaging waste, but now I’m thinking more about how I’m using my time. Time indeed is the most valuable thing. And as I get older it is becoming more valuable to me.
I was reading a blog the other day and someone mentioned they had just 7 summers left with their child before they became independent. Having it quantified like that made me think now is the time to get organised.
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” -Benjamin Franklin
This doesn’t mean that I am packing a schedule fit to burst. No rather I’m prioritising. What do the Kids and I really want to do this summer? And how, with a little bit of planning, can I achieve this?
It all starts with a blank piece of paper. No fancy app or diary needed to get organised.
So, what is going on the planner?
1. A few days away – We normally go to France in August but not this year. We’re staying in the UK. A cheap and cheerful one this year!
2. Organised play-dates – This summer I have spoken in advance to a few Mom’s and asked what days would be good for them for their children to come and play. Hopefully this will also help them out with planning their summer child-care for those that need cover.
3. Activity days – One day a week we will have a very specific activity day. This may be when friends are over, or not, it will depend. These days will be cake-making and decorating, a craft/art day, a photography walk, an adventure/treasure walk and a teddy bears picnic. These activities don’t really cost anything, but require planning on my part.
4. There are birthday parties for the Kids to attend and also a few family birthdays during the holidays where we will be getting together. I’ll be cake making and decorating on certain days, and these need scheduling in. These are the days that the Kids will visit grandparents.
5. Swimming lessons once a week. Lessons don’t stop during the hols. Neither does dance class or the weekly roller-skating session. I plan on taking the Kids swimming myself once a week also for a fun-swim.
6. Saturday night is cinema night (on the sofa with popcorn) regardless of the time of year.
There are other things that I’d like to ensure we cover.
Although school’s out, there are a few educational things that I’d like to spend time on. However, I don’t want to set unrealistic targets. My 7-year-old will be practicing her 12 times-tables and the curriculum key-words for the upcoming academic year. It’d be lovely if she could also learn to tie her shoelaces, and put her own hair in a ponytail. My 4-year-old will be concentrating on writing his name and counting to 20. No ponytail practice required for him!
I’ve purchased a few maths workbooks (very reasonably of course! I love Home Bargains!) and plan to spend an hour once a week going through them.
Finally this year we will all be participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. I’m scheduling in a weekly visit to the local library for the Kids, so this fits very nicely. They’ll be reading a book a week. But it made me think. I’d like to do that.
My summer reading list so far:
Week 1 – The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
I’m looking for suggestions on what else to read… Any ideas? There’s another 4 weeks to cover!
I’ll be posting more about our Summer activities and plans (there’s much more planned than what’s outlined above).
I’d love to hear about what you will be up to. I’m always looking for new ideas to have some fun, whilst learning and not spending a fortune! Please share…
p.s – something I hope I won’t be doing this summer is hearing myself say to the Kids ‘we can’t do that because… I have the bedding to wash, the floor to mop, the lounge to clean….’ I’ve planned for a while to schedule chores and the summer sounds like a great time to start. But more on that in a future post.