Summer is rapidly coming to a close for our family and we’re getting ready for our kids to head back to school! Who else can’t wait?!
I created our Summer with Kids series because I wanted to be intentional about planning our summer. As a business owner and mama, I knew work couldn’t stop just because my kids were out of school. My husband and I wanted them to have a wonderful summer but we still have to get things done! I got creative with ways to keep my kids occupied and set a structure for our days that kept this mama and my sweet kids sane (for the most part).
This is your end of summer 2019 checklist, full of ways to enjoy the last days of summer while preparing for back to school! Even more importantly, following this checklist will help you prepare for your next summer with kids. Doing these five simple things will put you in a great spot when next May rolls around. Trust me, your future self with thank you!
- Finish up your summer activity binder!
Now is the time to pull together all the resources, printables, schedules and tools that helped you have a great summer. This is your spot to store all the work you’ve put into creating a fun and memorable summer for your kids. I created my Summer Activity Binder to be something we can pull out year after year, and continue to reuse
- Prep for next year by making a list.
Make a list of all the things you did this summer that you needed to prepare for: summer camps, vacation bible study, babysitter bookings, trips to see family or vacations, back to school shopping and release forms, anything and everything you need to do to have a smooth summer. This list will be easier to pull together now while it’s fresh in your mind. Next spring, when it comes time to register the kids for camps or arrange for summer childcare, you’ll have a full list of tasks ready to go.
- Keep the fun going with the activities and structure that worked well for your family.
The long summer days will soon give way to busy school days. Note anything that worked particularly well for your family and incorporate those activities into your school year routine. We’re going to keep up our reading log and hope to spend lots more time in the kitchen with the kids.
- Have a conversation with your kids using the Back to School Interview printable! For $5 you can use the printable to ask your kids questions every year before school starts. You’ll create cherished memories and have a collection of amazing snapshots of your kids throughout the years!
- Celebrate the end of summer!
You made it, now it’s time to celebrate! Bake a cake with the kids, have a movie night or celebrate with an ice cream party. There are still a few more cherished memories to make this summer!
What else is on your end of summer 2019 to-do list?