Let’s Talk About Summer Routines

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy Memorial Day, friends. Take a few minutes to pause and thank God for those who gave their lives in service for our country. We are a blessed nation with freedom that came at a high cost for many.
We will be spending the whole week in the Living Room and Family Room, if you have one. If you have both rooms, you can alternate days or do both each day. Use your timer and don’t go overboard in your mission time.
Zone 5 Missions: The Living Room (Family Room)
Monday – Evict the dust bunnies that are in your living room.
Tuesday – Declutter items that do not belong in the Living Room. Put them away. Throw them away. Give them away. You choose.
Wednesday – Detail vacuum the Living Room.
Thursday – Go Sofa and Chair Diving.
Friday – Do something decorative in the Living Room.
Set your timers and then take a break when it goes off!
As summer break is approaching, I keep seeing graphics on Facebook for a summer routine for children. Summer is a great time to work with your children on learning new skills around the house or refining the skills they already have.
Children (and adults) need routines, and The FLyLady routines work year round. What we tend to see in the summer is later nights and later mornings. That can be determined by you, but what can stay the same are the routines themselves.
Morning routines start you off with forward progress in your day. If you are setting limits on screen time for your children this summer, use the routines to help you structure the day.
Even young children can have a routine that they do. You might have to assist with some of it, if they are under age 5.
Our Morning Routine looks like this -
1)  Make bed
2)  Eat breakfast
3)  Take care of your dishes
4)  Brush teeth and get dressed
5)  Swish and swipe the bathroom
6)  Start a load of laundry
Once this is complete, we check to see the day of the week and daily Home Blessing.
They can have a short amount of screen time after they do the things listed above, a quick math practice, and read something.
I encourage them to get outside early in the morning or late in the evening. When my schedule allows, we will go to the pool in the afternoon.
Having activities helps me combat the pull of electronics, but as most of you know, it’s a tough battle these days.
What are some of your favorite summer activities?
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Graduation Cookout
Tuesday – Taco Tuesday
Wednesday – Soup/Sandwiches
Thursday – Chicken and Salad
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to evict the dust bunnies.
My menu plan for Monday is a graduation cookout.
Have a blessed day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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