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Summer is in full swing. How many times have you already heard the “B” word?

B-word as in “B-O-R-E-D!”

I’m also aware some of you thrive on routine–without it you are lost. On the other hand you don’t want to be too rigid since it is summer.

So how do you keep the kids occupied and yourself scheduled to the point you don’t lose your mind?


2013 Summer Survival Calendar

This calendar is another creation from the wonderful mind of Susan Heid. She has taken the headache out of searching for creative outlets for you and your kids. Here’s a quote from Susan: 

I have scoured different resources for all kinds of new ideas for enjoyable activities, crafts, games, and
easy recipes to make your summer full of fun—but also easier on you—a busy mom! You have at your
fingertips over 120 creative and fun ways to fight summer boredom!! This four-month calendar will
become an indispensable tool for your whole family as you journey through the summer months.

The 2013 Summer Survival Calendar are for the months of May, June, July and August. There is something different listed on each day of the four months, with a link to the instructions and details. For example, the activity listed for today is to “paint with milk paint.” You’re given a link with detailed instructions on how to make the paint. It looks like a lot of fun and very little mess even for your littlest Picasso.

After looking over the calendar what’s likely to be a hit around here are:

  1. Dancing Raisins on June 19
  2. Water balloon targets on June 29
  3. Rainbow snakes on July 8
  4. Homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker on July 13
  5. Mosaic birdbath on August 8
  6. Banana split day on August 29

Although everyday is scheduled in the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar, I don’t want all you type-A personalities to feel obligated to do everything listed. It’s only a suggestion and a guide. To truly plan your summer, you’ll want to add 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever Action Guide.

To help you get the best use of this guide, an audio workshop is included. This action guide really helped me put things into perspective and kept me over-scheduling, or expecting too much. The blank calendar allowed me to fill in the dates already obligated, and see what dates are left for us to play with.

To fill the open days, Buttercup and I could select an activity from the Summer Survival Calendar, or choose something from the action guide interest worksheet. The interest worksheet suggest places to go, activities to learn, physical activities, and outdoor/nature activities. Items we put on our list were botanical garden, museum (we have free summer pass), zoo (have some discount tickets), nature center, archery, bowling, and soccer.

For large families or ones with younger kids, parents will appreciate the list for Quiet Time Activities. This is a blank list so it can be customized for your family. When it’s wind down time, or you’re trying to escape the mid-afternoon heat, your kids can choose from a list of pre-selected approved activities.

Another great feature of this Action Plan is the initial planning part. You can get yourself organized from the start. From meal planning, to needed summer supplies and toys, to out-the-door bags for when you hit the road. Everything for an organized summer is in this short planner.

These planners are color downloads you print yourself. If you want them bound, you can take them to a local business supply store. I left the planner on the computer, but printed the Action Plan. We have a fantastic new color printer, so I splurged and made mine pretty.

These are some of the most inexpensive planners I’ve seen. All of The Confident Mom‘s products are economically priced. For the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar, there are four different purchasing options. They range from $3 to $10, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with this product.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the 2013 Summer Survival Calendar and 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever! for a fair and honest review. This post does contain affiliate links.

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About rcwriter

Being a freelance writer, book reviewer, dedicated mom, and popular teacher at her homeschool support group—Renewed Moms Ministry keeps Rhonda Clark extremely busy. She writes most all of her own curriculum for her classes that have varied from elementary science, to middle school history and literature, to high school computer. Her middle school history class, A Renaissance World, will be featured at SchoolhouseTeacher.com fall of 2014. When not shuttling her daughter to soccer, archery, bowling, or any other number of endless activities, she devotes time to writing homeschool curriculum and her first novel. Scrapbooking, paper crafting, and reading are downtime activities, but the one thing she enjoys most is spending time with her husband of 20 years. They have two children, a college age son, and a high school age daughter. God blessed Rhonda with a quirky and funky sense of humor. This combines with down home charm, and allows her to connect to readers as a friend. With an ability to put a fresh twist on basic thoughts and Biblical teachings she brings a new perspective to her audience.

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