Organizing summer

Mr. Geeky and I were just discussing how to organize our kids this summer.  Geeky Boy is going to one camp.  Geeky Girl isn’t going to any, so we have long days ahead of us.  Though we want them to have relaxing summers, we also don’t want them to totally veg out. Mr. Geeky and I both have work to get done, and my personal plan is to work in the mornings and take the afternoons off.  A few summers ago, perhaps when I was still working on my dissertation, that’s exactly what I did, and it worked well.  I spent a focused 3 or 4 hours in the morning working, and then could relax guilt free in the afternoons.

We want the kids to do the same thing.  Both have summer reading to do.  We’d like them to do some other academic-like work.  We’d even be open to them playing music and other non-computer-like activity.  So we’ll figure out a plan and see what we all come up with.  What do you all do with your long summer days?

6 Replies to “Organizing summer”

  1. There’s a discussion in the college-app-prep book, called something like “300 secrets that your high school won’t tell you.” that talks about how to organize a productive summer for teens who don’t want to do camps. The talk is geared towards the goal of getting into a selective college, but I think it also addresses your concern of having the kids continue some focus/learning over the summer.

    What i remember of the summary was to have a project that the kids choose/have buy-in over (i.e. read, report on a series of books, write a book, start a service project, work on a major music composition or piece of art work, write an original video game) and then talk about how much time they will spend on it, and how that time will be structured.

    Basically, it’s the same plan you probably had for your dissertation. The key, I think, is getting kid buy-in.

    My kids are younger, and are signed up for a variety of camps. My daughter will also do an online CTY course. I’m going to try to focus my son on doing some math facts over the summer. I think this will be about hr1/week for my daughter, and 20 minutes for my son. They’re also taking music lessons, and I want that to be be 30 min/day.

  2. bj, great ideas. Both my kids have musical interests and are pretty good readers, so I think if I can get them to perhaps work on a music project for part of the time and read the rest of the time, that would be a good step.

  3. Three days a week I’ll drive eldest out to the stables where she’ll probably hang out for half a day. Daily walks with youngest to the park so she can enjoy the swingset. Depending on weather, regular trips for her to one of the many local beaches for swimming. I’ll also try to walk the dogs daily, first thing, before it heats up. Almost all of these plans are weather-dependent, so I can’t exactly predict when we’ll do which!

    Lots of reading for everyone, plus eldest will watch at least one French-language movie a week to keep her language skills active. The girls will both work on art and help in household chores.

    We don’t know if Mike will be working or not this summer (he will fill in for medical leave for one of the full-time staffers if she gets a slot for elective surgery). I’ll be writing whenever I can because I have committed to producing tens of thousands of words this summer!

  4. I’m at the office most days, writing writing writing. Fang is at home, working for various clients. Lucas, thank god, is still in preschool through the summer. But next summer, when daycare is not so easily obtained? I have no idea what we’ll do. We’ll probably have to come up with some *gasp* family activities. 😉

  5. I’m also going with the half days of camp so I can work/write and the freedom in the afternoon. I’ve been trying to get the kids to self-identify a project appropriate to their ages 5 and 7. I’d like them to be musical but the youngest is demanding a drum kit YIKES

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