I always have to have a plan. Its how I roll. In the winter I plan activities to not go crazy while we are stuck inside and in the summer I plan activities so having all my children home doesn't kill me.
This is my summer plan:
First we have a jar. For each homework activity my kids do they get either a popcorn kernel, a macaroni noodle, or a shell to put in the jar.
Last year I only made them do 2 a day and then we didn't finish the books before school started!
For each page of these books they get a popcorn kernel, but those will add up fast. They also get a popcorn kernel for doing 10 minutes of math fact games. We love SumDog and ABCYA for math games. They also get a kernel for 10 minutes of sightreading games for the piano.
I also want them writing so they get a macaroni noodle for a one page book report and one for 20 minutes of piano or cello practicing.
The get a shell noodle if they write a short story.
Here is our summer schedule with topics we will focus on:
Summer Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursdsay Friday Saturday
8:00 Walking Walking Walking
10:00 Science Playgroup Piano Lessons Writing Story Time
1:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
2:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
3:00 Art Club
We also have a topic of the week and we take turns picking it. I get to go first. Last year did things like: proper hydration, cowboys, volcanoes, insects, etc.
We pick out books at the library and read them throughout the week and then on Thursday I am going to make my kids write a page summary of what they learned. My five-year-old will probably write two sentences and draw a picture, but I'll make the other older kids write longer.
Good luck with your summers!