Morphing into summer

All three children are playing quietly in their rooms. Go ahead, you can be impressed if you want. I won’t tell you that they’re in there because they had a massive fight, went all WWF and I walked in to find them screaming and crying and swinging bags of chips at one another, crumbs flying all over my freshly vaccumed carpet.

I’ll just let you go on thinking I’m raising angels.

So hey – got this summer time thing going on. With the pressure of school off my shoulders I have found myself inhaling for the first time in…nine months. NINE MONTHS. And it’s glorious, food fights and all. But there’s got to be some structure or me?

Ima hafta lose my mind.

Our home school schedule consisted of lessons beginning around 9:00 and finishing around 2:00 every day. Just because we are officially on summer break doesn’t mean that all learning stops, though. Every summer, even when Sloan went to public school, I instituted a one hour long “learning time” each morning. I like to do this just to watch them whine and complain.

It’s super fun.

So learning time is back. From 9:00-10:00 each morning the kids are working on reading, math, spelling or Russian. By the time we finish up those lessons, clean up around the house and have a minimum of two fights, it’s already lunch time!

BAM! No lazy summer days here. No siree.

The pool is providing great afternoon entertainment as are neighborhood friends and a bit of TV, because what’s summer without a teeny bit of laziness, yes?

I’ve ordered a ton of books and we will be heading to the library periodically as well. We have offered the two older kids a bribe an incentive to get them reading over the summer. For every book they finish, we will pay them a dollar. Sloan gets two dollars if he reads longer chapter books (at least fourth grade reading level or higher) and I’ve have offered him 5 dollars if he will read an entire book in Russian from front to back.

I did not think about the work all this would be for me as I now have to translate said Russian book to help him with comprehension and I have to read the more advanced books to make sure he is comprehending those as well. That kinda blows because while I want them active and busy, I myself had envisioned a nice, relaxing summer with my feet kicked up beside the pool and a cold iced tea in my hand.

*snort*

Clearly I am delusional.

So what about you? How do you keep your kids from driving you crazy active during these summer months?

Comments

  1. Well, this just makes me feel all kinds of better about starting school sooner than August. Every summer we are fine with the lazy lack of structure for oh, maybe 4 days. Then I’m a grouch, the kids are bored and cranky and I am totally and completely OVER the pool. Truth be told, I don’t really think the kids drive me crazy so much as we all drive each other up a wall just from lack of routine. So on that note, I’m thinking of taking my crew to MOSI soon before public school is out and all of THOSE kids are there to drive me crazy. Wanna go?

    • Yes. Yes I do. I heard they were offering a crazy special for home school families. We may have missed it but I want to check it out. I think it was a family membership for 80 bucks for a year. Um…yes, please. :)

  2. I pay the kids 10 cents a page in a math book- it has to be totally correct before I pay. :) We have a daily rest time, so that is when they read. Barnes and Noble has a program going- get a free book if you read eight, I think. Your kids could double dip! :) And we’re moving back to the States in a month- that’ll keep us plenty busy if not crazy.

    • I didn’t know about Barnes and Noble’s program. We will have to check that out! Good luck with your move back to the States! :)