Every family has a different rhythm because every family has different people. I have friends who love having no schedule in the summer, just long days at the pool and last-minute plans. And that's great!
Our family is taking a month-long break from formal homeschooling, but we do continue to maintain a rhythm for everyone's sanity.
Here's what we DO in the summer:
+ Morning Time: Spending consistent time in the Word as a family is something we value in every season, so we do our best to continue throughout the summer. This summer, we'll be using our brand new "A Simple Summer" guide that includes a daily devotional plan and so many wonderful book recommendations and simple activities for nature-inspired Morning Times!
+ Teamwork (or chores): Each child has an assigned task (i.e. clearing the table, helping with laundry, tidying the bonus room, etc.) to keep our home running smoothly. Each child knows his or her assigned task since it doesn't change from day to day, so all I have to say is, "Time to work your magic!" and they know what to do. During the school year, we make have morning and evening jobs. But in the summer, we relax a bit more and just tackle the chores once a day.
+ Plenty of time outdoors. For us here in Texas, that means almost daily trips to the neighborhood pool. Our weekly nature group will continue meeting for an unstructured time outside, just earlier in the morning before the heat sets in.