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Create a Flexible Family Schedule

Create a Flexible Family Schedule

Summer is a time of transition, especially if you have older kids who will be home from school for a few months!

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(I remember those years with younger children, when our daily routine didn’t change all that much, but all of our favorite places to spend time–like the library, park, and nature trails–were suddenly filled with lots of bigger kids. If you are a mom of little kids, don’t worry–the break will go by faster than you can imagine!)

The benefit of a flexible family schedule is that you can adjust your routines any time, regardless of the season. Some families prefer to have a full calendar, with lots of extracurricular activities…while some families prefer a more relaxed, spontaneous approach.

And then some families–or MOST families, I would imagine–are a mixture of both when it comes to their weekly schedule: some crazy busy and some that are totally light!

For that reason, I found that using a blank calendar template is best for our family. It allows me to see, at a glance, those open pockets of time where I can be a more intentional mother.

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Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a flexible family schedule:

  • Print off the printable calendar template for several weeks at a time. That way, nothing will stand in the way getting your week down on paper!
  • Fill in all the “out of the house” commitments for the week and all your regular family activities (meal times, nap/rest, etc.).
  • Check the weather and write it down. It’s silly, but it may help you make the right clothing and activity choices–a must for a busy mom!
  • Consider your personality and those of your family members. Do you need to pencil in some at-home time for the introverts? Or maybe you need to plan a social activity, like a playdate, for the extroverts.
  • Write down some activity ideas and family goals for the week–and remember, positive changes happen one small step at a time!

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Grab your family schedule template (its FREE and printable!) right here:

 

Prepare Your Child to Be a Reader | Tips from Experts

Prepare Your Child to Be a Reader | Tips from Experts

For the last few weeks, we have been talking a lot about reading aloud here! I reached out to several of my favorite bloggers, moms, and literacy experts to get their best tips for preparing our children to become readers.

Preparing Your Child to Be a Reader: Tips from 7 Experts

I would have to say a reading chart has been amazing for my new reader. If she reads a book she gets a sticker and then after so many stickers she gets to pick a prize. She is starting to fall in love with reading.

Lyndsey Borden, My Adventure Called Life


For us it was about getting books that had a subject he was interested in.

Danielle Favreau, Discretion Studios


My advice is to read aloud to your kids every day from birth and specifically to read children’s books that you especially love. Kids can sense when you are enthusiastic about the books you share with them, and that enthusiasm is very contagious. By helping kids associate reading with joy and pleasure, you set them up to be lifelong lovers of books.

Katie Fitzgerald, Read-at-Home Mom


It may sound strange, but the best advice was to let my kids see me reading. Before I started reading around her, my oldest as a toddler wouldn’t sit still for a board book. By the time she was five, we would read on the couch together for hours. She’s still my biggest reader. Kids will learn to value what they see you practicing. Speaking of which, I better get back to my book…

Carolyn Leiloglou, House full of Bookworms
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Encourage them to read by being present during your reading sessions. Put away all distractions and give them your full attention, they will crave these special moments with you and you will begin to cultivate a love of books within their hearts. They will associate books with safety and comfort and you will get to teach them amazing things through the books at the same time.

Samantha Munoz, Addison Reads


Incorporate books into your bedtime routine as early as you can (4 months is not too early) – not only will you create a love of reading and a creating a special connection opportunity, but you also create a strong cue to get your child ready to sleep!

Susie Parker, Sleep Baby Love


I prepare my daughter to fall in love with reading by providing her with fun and exciting adventures and activities which we then relate back to the books we read together. By helping her to make connections and activate her prior knowledge, she is better able to relate to books and see herself in them.

Vicki Wilkinson, Babies to Bookworms


Preparing Your Child to Be a Reader: Expert Tips

Which of these tips do you intend to try? Or feel free to share your expert opinion in the comments below!


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5 Free Invitations to Play: Plastic Eggs

5 Free Invitations to Play: Plastic Eggs

Now that Easter has passed, we are looking for fun (simple!) spring activities to do with both of our girls, who are 8 and 5.  Since we homeschool, I try to bring seasonal games into our learning plans–sometimes a new, novel idea can help a concept like math facts *click* in a new way!

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In case you missed the introduction to our invitation to play series (click here), let me give you a brief introduction to how we structure these fun, simple activities at our house.  

It’s the middle of the afternoon, and mom is busy trying to help the older child finish up her school work/homework before making dinner. Younger child is spinning around nearby or doing something quietly destructive in the next room. Mom pulls out an invitation to play to keep everyone calm and connected.

An invitation to play is an easy, open-ended activity that uses just a few materials found around the house. Keeping these activities set aside for special times keeps them interesting and intentionally engaging for when you need 10-15 minutes to get something else done! Best of all, these simple materials can be mixed and matched for countless other activities throughout the year.

This week, I have a freebie for you: a download with FIVE simple invitations to play, including a materials list! Be sure to catch us LIVE on Facebook every day this week as I share more details about each of these activities.

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Melissa @ Rolling Prairie Readers

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