Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Magic - Family Summer Camp

Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!

This week:
I am so excited about my structured plan for our Summer this year. I've been doing lots of research and trying to come up with a good plan that involves the kids not being bored, the kids actually learning something, and the kids having fun - all at the same time. I'm so excited about what I have come up with for THE SMITH FAMILY SUMMER CAMP!  I have adapted this plan for my needs and I can't wait to start! We will be starting the SECOND week in June, since the first week of June we are going to go help out on my family's ranch.

So it is a point system. My kids will have a chance to earn 30 or more points a week. They can earn and then trade in the points for special activities that we will do as a family on Saturdays.

There are 6 categories that they need to participate in DAILY to get their points:

* Reading - Read 20 minutes a day

* Writing - Write in Journal (I will have prompts for them to use)

* Physical - Do some physical activity for at least 20 minutes

* Home - There will be a family job list that they can choose to do something from

* Extra - Some extra educational activities will be listed that they can choose from

* Daily Adventures - These are special activities that I will have planned for us to do in these particular categories:

Make-it Mondays - This is our day to create something new

Textural Tuesdays - This is our Library Day - our library is having special things that go with the Summer Reading Program.

Wet Wednesdays - The Day to do something with water - swimming, sprinklers, Seven Peaks Water Park (Since we have a season pass now), etc.

Thinking Thursday - Our research day. We will be researching the answers to questions that the kids have and things we are wondering about.

Foodie Friday - This is our chance to cook with the family. We will be making desserts and new things to try.

We have made a list of fun adventures that the kids want to do and assigned a number of points to each one. So if the kids earn their points we can go do them. Things like: Bowling, Trafalga Fun Center, Dates with Dad & Mom, Princess Festival, Factory Tour, etc.

I think this is going to be a great summer. JJ also has a summer camp that goes for about 5 weeks that will just be in the weekday mornings and Beth has 2 summer camps - Educational one that lasts 2 weeks and a Drama camp that lasts 1 week. I also want to get them both into Swimming lessons and Beth has a soccer camp in June. Busy, Busy, Busy. But I'm excited to offer them things to do that will actually teach them while having fun!

So what are your family plans for the summer?

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