Summer Break Lesson Plans

Trying to decide what to do during summer vacation can seem like a bit of an uphill battle. In my house we like to have fun and attempt to leave the house every day! However, this is done with some planning in place. Every summer I like to create a “Mommy Summer Break Lesson Plan.” If you are the woman that prefers to plan and write things down, you will appreciate this concept.

Every week I would pick a “theme.” This theme will help navigate through an abundant amount of activities for the week. You can get creative with the themes or keep it very simple, for example: “science,” “literature,” etc. For me, the simpler the better because it allowed me to insert my creativity with the delivery of the teachable moments during the week. Each day of the week (Monday - Friday) has an activity that is done the same day every week, for example: Monday is "movie day," Tuesday is "field trip day," Wednesday is "pool day" etc. This helps keep a bit of a rhythm (Again, if you are the type that likes organization). So, here's the way it works; if the theme is science, every activity for that week will creatively relate to science. Keep in mind, summer vacation is supposed to be a fun time for the kids however, you want to make sure that they don't lose their educational competitive edge.

When selecting excursions for the week, be sure it is of interest to the child and not something that makes them feel like they are in school. On “movie day” select a movie at the theater or a video store that your children are genuinely excited to watch. IF you can’t make it to the theater and you decide on the