Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More Progress on Our Summer of Purpose


Since I last blogged about our summer plans, I have finalized plans for two family getaways, signed up the kids for two VBS weeks (one at our church and one at our school), chosen Five In a Row (FIAR) as our guide for Growing in Wisdom, decided on a Bible Reading Schedule for the boys, brainstormed a list of field trips and activities, tweaked the daily schedule, began working on a weekly schedule and talked with the boys about our theme verse to get their input and ideas.  Below I've scratched out my additions and tweaks, linking to some ideas I found on Kat's blog- Inspired to Action.  (Last week got by without my time to think, plan, write, dream so I made sure to take 90 minutes to work on this on Monday morning- no easy task as the frenzy of the end of the school year has begun.  But as I am endeavoring to make self care a priority, I simply scheduled the time in and the work had to wait!)

Summer Theme Verse:
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."  Luke 2:52

More Growing in Wisdom Ideas
  • Five in a Row
  • Movie Theater by Andrea
  • Field Trips (ideas include the local zoo, museums, the beach, local amusement park)
More Growing in Stature Ideas
  • Tennis
  • Bike Riding
  • Learning to Ride a Two Wheeler
  • Learning to Tie Shoes
  • Water Day by Jenn
More Growing in Favor with Men Ideas
Daily Summer Schedule (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays)
7       Media Time (Wii, Computer OR TV) (30 minutes for each)
         Mom has Quiet Time and Gets ready for the day
8       Breakfast and Family Devotional
8:30  Morning Chores
9       Outing (Emphasis on Growing in Stature of Wisdom) OR
         Five in a Row (FIAR)
12     Lunch (Study Weekly Verse together)
1       Quiet Time for Boys (Gratitude Journals, Bible Reading Plan, Pleasure Reading)
          Nap for A.
         Mom works
3       Outing OR Weekly Service Project 
4       Summer Activity Packets OR FIAR        
         Mom's chores
5       Cook Dinner- Kids will alternate cooking with mom
         Dinner (Study Weekly Verse together)
         Evening Chores
6       Media Time (Wii, Computer or TV) (30 minutes for each)
7       Baths, Books and Evening Devotional at Bedtime
7:30  Lights Out for A.; Boys can read on their own until 8:30 p.m.

Daily Summer Schedule (Wednesdays and Fridays)

7       Media Time (Wii, Computer OR TV) (30 minutes for each)
         Mom has Quiet Time and Gets ready for the day
8       Breakfast and Family Devotional
8:30  Morning Chores
9       Pool and Tennis Club
3       Quiet Time for Boys (Gratitude Journals, Reading)
          Nap for A.
         Mom works
4       Summer Activity Packets OR FIAR        
         Mom's chores
5       Cook Dinner- Kids will alternate cooking with mom
         Dinner (Study Weekly Verse together)
         Evening Chores
6       Media Time (Wii, Computer or TV) (30 minutes for each)
7       Baths, Books and Evening Devotional at Bedtime
7:30  Lights Out for A.; Boys can read on their own until 8:30 p.m.

Weekly Summer Schedule
Mondays- Day at Home or Nearby Outing (Backyard Pool and /or Local Playground)
Tuesdays- Day at Home or Nearby Outing (Backyard Pool and /or Local Playground)
Wednesdays- Swimming and/or Tennis Lessons at Friend's Club (???)
Thursdays- Day at Home or Nearby Outing (Backyard Pool and /or Local Playground)
Fridays- Field Trips

What's Next?
  • Choose dates and locales for field trips and invite friends to join us
  • Finalize swimming and/or tennis lessons
  • Choose FIAR books and set that schedule
  • Choose Scriptures to memorize and set that schedule
  • Get Gratitude Journals for the kids
  • Gather Materials for A.'s concept and fine motor development
Other Posts on Summer:

6 comments:

Trisha said...

Natalie,
I love your purposeful planning! You'll enjoy those FIAR books, too. Posts like these really click with my live-life-intentionally-to-the-glory-of-God desire. Love it! Love it! So glad you shared in detail what you've been doing.

Natalie said...

Oh, thank you for your kind words, Trisha! Writing all of this out helps me to organize it all- keeping it all in my brain just stresses me out. I do wonder whether others would be interested in all my details so I am glad to see you were :)

Andrea said...

awesome!!!!
call me to join on one of your field trip days! Fridays our our outing days in the summer, too!!
inspiring post!

Natalie said...

Definitely Andrea! You'll be on our backyard pool playdate list, too!

goingwithoutknowing.com said...

Hi Natalie,
I love your Summer on Purpose Post. You have inspired me. I am going to pull together a Summer on Purpose list, too. It's only 7:42 a.m. and I am already inspired thanks to you!
I look forward to following your journey!
Pam

Natalie said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Pam!

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