I don't know about any of the rest of you, but the time that's hardest for our geeklets is the time when school lets out. They don't sing about lack of pencils and books at our house. Nope! They moan and complain about how bored they are and no amount of chores and jobs tends to help the situation.
However, we came up with a solution at our house that we call Summer Activity Themes.
First, I took a couple of pieces of blank white card-stock and taped the narrow ends together, then divided it into seven sections and labeled them with the days of the week, Sunday through Saturday. Then, together, the kids and I came up with seven different ideas for a theme of the day. Your themes will depend on what interests your geeklets. We wrote our seven ideas onto pieces of card-stock but you can use 3 x 5 cards to great effect. I think colored ones would probably work really well for this, but we used white, this trip. Our theme ideas were Church Day, Craft Day, Park Day, Library Day, Court Club Day, Inside Games Day, and Movie Day. You might also have Anime Day or Cooking Day or even RPG day, depending on what interests you and your family.
Next, we called a family meeting and decided where in the week each of our activities would go. Some of these were dictated by our schedule. For example, Church Day, perforce, came on Sunday and, as my husband and I generally attend a water aerobics class at our local health club on Thursday, Court Club Day came on Thursday. The rest of the theme locations can be voted on by your family. Should Movie Day be on Monday or Saturday? Will you have Craft Day on Tuesday or Friday? When would be a good day for Park Day? Keep discussing it until all seven themes are in position. If you're really ambitious, you can come up with more than seven themes or even sub themes. For example, maybe the first Park Day of the month will involve visiting the local water park, while the second Park Day of the month might involve visiting a local playground. For Movie day you might decide to visit a theater one week, to watch a cartoon or anime film at home one week and/or to watch a documentary one week. It's up to you. It all depends on how old your children are and how easily they become bored. Craft day can involve cooking or scrapbooking or any number of other things. It depends on your family.
After that we decided on a specific time of the day that activity time needed to happen. Our family tends to need a pretty set routine. I let my children figure out how the schedule should be set up, as well. After all, having a schedule means less boredom for them since they now know when to expect things. We included Chore Time on our schedule so that I wouldn't have to coerce work out of them. As to how to decide who does what, we came up with a Chore Lottery, but that's a subject for another post.
Finally, with the themes all chosen and placed and with a specific activity time chosen for every day, we proceeded to put it into practice. Now, here's where I'll confess to you that routines aren't my strong point. I tend to be happy just to let things happen, so putting your theme schedules into practice may or may not be easier for you than it was for us. We put the schedules we made up in the kitchen where it would be most likely to be seen.
As I said, keeping your geeklets occupied over the summer can be a challenge, but it doesn't need to be the end of the world. Come up with a way to help your geeklets stay occupied so you don't have to listen to them moan, "Maaahm, I'm bored! Isn't there anything to do?" Anyway, who says school time is the only time kids ever learn?