If you have the kids at home this summer, you likely have a list of activities and plans laid out to keep everyone busy, active, happy and tired. We certainly do. Between playing at the park, travelling, visiting family and hitting up local attractions, we are filling our summer up!
However, those plans have gotten easier as the kids have gotten older. I don’t have nap times to work around anymore, and our risk of public tantrums for tired children have lessened.
When the kids were younger though, I had a plan for weeks to keep us all focused and busy. I would pick a theme for the week (gardening for example) and focus our learning and activities on that.
What’s interesting now, is that while I don’t set out themes, the kids are learning independently. When we travel they seek out information, or when there is something of interest they discover, they want to learn more.
I’ve included an infographic that highlights how I used to organize the weeks based on theme. It involves some creativity, some field trips and fun learning. If you have toddlers, preschool or young school aged children, this set up might work for you if you are running Camp Mom and Dad this summer!
Also, below is a printable with discussion questions that can help after the week! The kids are often eager to chat about the neat things they’ve learned. Have fun!