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Staying Sane Over Summer Break

Summer vacation is finally upon us and I’m ready with a plan. First off, our priorities:

  1. Play outside
  2. Play inside
  3. Go places
  4. Read
  5. Rest
  6. Afterschooling
  7. Screen Time

There are 24 hours in the day, so having my 7 year old do about an hour of school work a day is not a big deal to me. Formally, we are going to do my A STEM Summer plans. Informally, I have this nifty system worked out where my son has to jump through hoops and cluck like a chicken if he wants to play Lego Nijago on the computer. Okay, so I’m joking about the chicken part!  But I’m not kidding about jumping through hoops:

All of the supplies are in Bruce’s blue basket, lined with clothespins for each activity. This is a modified version of a really cool idea I gleaned from Morning Hugs and Goodnight Kisses.

After Bruce completes each activity, he can drop the corresponding clothespin in the Fourth of July Jar.

Then, when computer times starts at 7 pm in our house, he has time “in the bank” to play.

No arguments over the computer + extra learning = Afteschooling actually making my life easier!


  1. 5wolfcubs says:

    I pinned to read through again! At first I thought it was way too complicated but the clothespins really put the responsibility on child…hmm, how could I make this work for my kids?

  2. Michele says:

    What a great idea! I love how you are managing screen time. This has been a big issue here this year as well since the girls are getting older. I love the basket idea, as it’s not something you have to put together everyday. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking back to me!

  3. Mrs. Warde says:

    Thanks for the idea! After reading this I instituted something similar, where my 5.5 year old earns screen time for different worksheets. It’s working great! I think giving him control over what he does and how much he does has been a great help in getting him to actually do it. I will probably continue with something similar once our school officially starts.

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