Summer (Sanity!) Schedule

School is out! WOO HOO! No more crazy mornings, making lunches, scrambling out the door just in the nick of time…! Just days of fun…!

….long…days….of…fun.

Emphasis on “long.”

Maybe you are like me and feel like “Oh my…how am I going to keep my kids happy this summer while also keeping my own sanity?

(on top of just day to day sanity I am also teaching online this summer. Oh, and I’m pregnant too.)

So, I decided to put together a little plan to help give us some structure to our long summer days.

Micah and Benji get up before I do and can do the first 3 by themselves. I usually get up around 7:30 or 8 and then we eat breakfast. 
“Clean up” will consists of general toy pick up and regular house work. It will also be an opportunity for the boys to earn “Bucks.” (See below!)
Our Activity time will be anything from 
Playing at the park
Wednesday Playdate with friends
Going to Kids Cove
Going to the Library
Running errands 
Cooking Time
Doing work sheets or reading books
Painting/crafts
Playing in the bath (a favorite, especially for Benji)
Legos, Trains, etc. 
Or…if I am truly exhausted and have no creativity, playing educational games on the computer
After lunch is Rest Time which is ESSENTIAL to both  my sanity and the fact that I am working from home. Silas starts his nap at 12:30 and I am going to make the big boys lay down then too (or around there). Then I can get some work done on the computer and/or rest if I need to. TV time afterward is contingent on the big boys taking a good nap/rest (2 hours). 
My motivation is super-low in the late afternoon so I have a pretty lax schedule after Rest Time. 
I am hoping that our schedule will lead up till 5pm when DADDY COMES HOME FROM WORK!!! (aka the best part of the day!)
Bucks System
As a way to motivate my 6 year olds to do housework, summer work sheets, and general good behavior, as well as teach them about spending and saving, I made some “Behavior Bucks.” 
I printed them on colored card stock  for free from this website

The boys can “Earn the Bucks,” “Spend the Bucks,” or “Lose the Bucks.” Here are some examples below of how each one works in our family.

They can also earn bucks for a “Cheerful Attitude” or “Helping with Silas” or “Special Chores with Daddy”
So far, most of the bucks have been spent on iPad playing (also candy). They keep saying they want to save for
Toys R  Us but it is HARD (Saving is hard for all of us, isn’t it?)
The boys can “Lose the Bucks” too. This has proven a pretty effective discipline method so far (even in just warning them that they are about to “LOSE THE BUCKS!”). 
I am hoping that our “Bucks” system will provide some structure and motivation to our day for chores and summer school work like reading and handwriting sheets. 
So, there it is: Our Summer (Sanity) Schedule. 
I really want to keep these faces smiling! (and mine smiling too!)

What are YOUR plans for the summer? How do you plan to keep (ha!) your sanity as well as keep your kids busy and happy?

Share your ideas below!