Summer 4

We wait so long for summer . . . for the freedom of long, lazy, sunny days with nowhere that we have to go!  Summer can somehow slip by so very quickly though, that when the cold weather comes again, sometimes we don’t feel like we’ve accomplished very much.  “Summer 4″ to the rescue!

The “Summer 4″ is an easy way to give a little structure to fun summer days without totally squelching the idea of summer vacation / free time that we all enjoy so much!  Here’s how we do it:  each morning we decide on at least one thing to do in each category of the Summer 4.  It isn’t too much. It is just 4 categories, after all.  And if they are all done when we go to bed that night, there is a great sense of achievement!

Here’s our Summer 4:

1) Work

2) Study

3) Service

4) Fun

I fold a small paper in fourths, and title each section with one of the Summer 4. Then we brainstorm how to fulfill it.

This is what my daughter Louisa’s “Summer 4″ looked like on Monday:

Work

Dig thistles out of the orchard for 20 minutes

Study

Practice violin

Do a math lesson

Read

Service

Visit Mrs. Miller in the hospital

Fun

Sew peasant blouse with Mom (it turned out cute, huh?)

and yesterday’s . . .

Work

Plant melon seedlings in garden

Study

Practice violin

Read

Service

Mow lawn

Fun

Experiment with inventing a good recipe for peach milkshakes (yummy!)

Having the fun in there is pretty important, and we plan it for last. That way we have something to look forward to!  Putting service before self is always a good lesson to cure the “me first” attitude.

If you feel like your kids aren’t getting much done, try the Summer 4.  Works great!

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