- May 31, 2007 at 1:50 pm #252210
Hi! I’m a sahm of 4 and I understand how crazy the house gets when
bordom sets in. You also have quite an age range (I do too – 7, 7,
14, 15) which can makes it harder to please all of your children.
For my younger two (they are identical twin girls) they love when
activities are planned out. I make a big deal about something simple
like playing with playdoo, movie time, outside water time, bubble
bath, etc. During the summer I incorporate activities that we don’t
usually do during the school year. This makes it all “special”. I
also try to keep the day moving, but not completely scheduled. For
example, 9:00 – 10:00 would be craft time, 11:00 – 12:00 would be
dress up time, etc. I give them options as to what craft they wold
like, painting, coloring, playdoo, etc. Rotating an active activity
(water play outside) with a passive activity (movie) works well
also. However, if they are really caught up in what they are
currently doing, I don’t stop them just to stay on a schedule. The
same is true if they get board with their activity. Some activities
I don’t change, like reading. They have a set time for that.
For both age groups, don’t forget that they don’t have to play all
day. We use the summer to work on life skills. There just isn’t
enough time during the school year for this. My children learn to
set the table, load the dishwasher, fold clothes, bake a cake, etc.
This is all done in fun, especially for the younger children.
We also work on “school”, but I wouldn’t call it that. Some
suggestions would be: writing daily in a journal, writing to
family/friends, working on their handwriting, spelling words that
they struggle with (homophones), etc. My older two will be reviewing
Spanish all summer.
Children actually like to learn, especially if it’s done in fun.
Their minds are sponges so don’t overlook the precious summer time to
teach them what is important to you.
Sorry this was so long – I didn’t expect to go on and on. There’s
just so much that I do with my children, it’s hard to convey the
important stuff without getting to lengthy.
Hope this helps.
Carrie (mother of 4)
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “teddysbutterflybluepit”
> hi i am a sahm of five kids our budget is so tight it screams
> i am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids for
> or really cheap.the ages are 4,8,12,14,16.. i dont drive a car so
> on things to do around the house or neighborhhod.or if anyone nows
> good websites that give good craft ideas or fun stuff for the kids
> me so we dont go bonkers during summer break.
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