Our Summer Rhythm (plus a free rainbow schedule to make your own!)

This year, we're taking a month-long summer break before starting school again in July. Because we school year-round, this is a longer break than normal for us (at least in the summer). But I needed it, so we took it! You can do that when you homeschool!

Here's what we DO in the summer:
+ Morning Time. Spending consistent time in the Word with our kids is something our family deeply values, so we do our best to continue in the summer. Here's how simple it can be: Read a Bible verse or passage (or if your kids are little, read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible). Sing a hymn or worship song together. Pray as a family. That's it! We've been reading through Marty Machowski's devotional "WonderFull" and also revisiting some questions/answers from the New City Catechism. It takes us less than 15 minutes.
+ More crafting. Sometimes art projects are pushed to the back of the list when we're schooling because we simply run out of time (or energy). So this month, we're pulling out our art supplies quite a bit.
+ Teamwork. (Or chores.) I delegate mini tasks to our children so we can all keep our home cared for and our days running smoothly. You can see more about this a few posts back.
+ Lots of fun reading! The two big kids (ages 6 and 8) are working on their Summer Bingo cards and I am reading James Herriot's Treasury for Children to my 3-year-old. I'm also re-reading The Penderwicks to the kids in the afternoons because it's such a delightful summer read.

Here's what we DON'T do:
+ More screens. Just like the school year, our kids don't do screens during the week, but watch occasional shows on the weekends (our two family favorites are Shaun the Sheep and Crikey! It's the Irwins).
+ Any formal math. Our oldest enjoys Beast Academy workbooks for fun and our 6-year-old works on a math workbook from time to time, but I'm taking a teaching break from math. (We normally do RightStart Math, which is quite teacher-intensive).
+ We also never say no to play dates! This is the best time to see our friends who go to public school, since they're out for the summer.

If you'd like to make your own, I've created three options for you: 

1. A blank rainbow to write your rhythm on

2. A copy of our summer rhythm, if you'd like to try it out

3. A copy with the rainbow, the title, and blank space for you to fill in

Just click on the links above to download! I'd love to see your summer rhythms! Tag @brighterdaypress or #brighterdaypress so I can share yours on Instagram!