For our family, each summer has been as unique as our kids and personalities. I've learned to adapt and be okay with the ebb and flow of our individual needs. It took me a few flops to know I needed to explore other options.
I used to think the Super Summer Challenge needed to last all three months or else it wasn't worth doing. Of course, I was wrong and I think you'll appreciate having options to create those much needed meaningful moments.
Instead of steps for this portion, I've numbered out the options, which I've included in your Summer Style Packet.
You can review the details before printing them all out or if you are like me, reading about them on a screen isn't good enough and you want to touch and feel. So I've included pictures or examples to print out and decide which one you like.
I've shown you each one of these in this lesson's video. And we will work on the details of these in the next lessons. You will not quite have your finished product yet after this lesson. This is just for inspiration and for decision making.
First, use step #4 from your Summer Style worksheet to jump to the style which will work best for you this year.
Option #1- Traditional chart of activities. This is the one my mother-in-law created for her kids and her best friend. She purchased poster board and wrote out a graph to track activities and progress. Since this is a hand-created item I've included a picture for example to give inspiration to your chart making time.
Tracking tips to mark completion or progress for this style:
Option #2- Simple Summer Challenge
Option #3- Poker chip style.
Option #4- Summer Bingo Fun. You have 2 sizes of bingo charts to work with, or create your own! When I did this, I created one for each child, but you can use just one and have it be a family Super Summer Challenge.
Option #5- Summer Bucket List. One summer I did our Super Summer Challenge for only 4 weeks of the summer. But for the entire summer, we had a consistent schedule with a bucket list of ideas to draw from every week.
Option #6- Summer Camp Style might be perfect for those who:
For a solid week you dedicate most of your waking hours to the activities you want to accomplish or do. You can chart with any of the previously mentioned method or maybe you do character awards at the end of your week. Since the whole week is filled with intentional time it might be more fun to celebrate with an ice cream date and simple ceremony verbally praising them in front of the whole family for all the positive you saw that week.
No matter what your summer style is, you're about to create memories which will last a lifetime.
Now you get to decide which one will give you a Simply Summer!