Get the Most Out of Summer Break

Michelle Manne's picture

As we come to the end of the school year and summer approaches, we look forward to sleeping in, more relaxation, more fun activities, and less scheduling. Summer is a great chance to relax and let loose from the pressures of the school year, AND it is important for kids to maintain structure and a daily schedule over the summer.

Here are some suggestions I have to build structure into our days over the summer:

  • Pick the same time to wake up every day - it can still be sleeping in compared to what school days are, say 8/830am
  • Go to bed at a reasonable time each night
  • Find at least one activity outside of the house to do per day - going to the park, running an errand, going to the pet store, bookstore, or craft store
  • Complete at least one task in the house per day - reorganize a closet, clean out a room, go through clothes to donate, empty the dishwasher, put away laundry, etc.
  • Participate in one physical activity a day - take a walk or run, swim, hiking, biking, dancing
  • Engage in an activity that is mentally stimulating whether it’s summer reading, math worksheets, pleasure reading, crossword puzzles
  • Limit screentime to 1-2 hours total per day which includes phone, computer, and Ipad/tablet
  • We need to keep our bodies and our brains active over the summer.

Creating a structured day for the summer will be helpful in maintaining habits, staying active, and preventing the summer slump.