I have summer fever. I am ready for the kids to finish up the preschool year and be home with me every day. I am going to soak up every last ounce of summer this year as it is the last summer break before I lose Caroline to "real school" but while I am looking forward to summer, I do realize I need some structure. I need a plan! I figured the best way to ensure some structure to our day was to basically make "lesson plans" (teacher friends, does that strike fear in your hearts?). I also made a hefty trip to Target and the Dollar Tree for some fabulous finds. Look at all of the goodies I found (and I spent less than $30 on everything, although the games we already had)!My basic strategy for this summer will be time at the pool in the morning 4 days a week (weather permitting) and the farmer's market 1 morning a week. After an early lunch, we will spend some time at the table working on "skills". Caroline loves workbooks and writing, so I have lots of writing paper and booklets for her. I have flash cards and alphabet workbooks for the twins. We are going to focus on three or so letters and numbers a week and make a craft (magazine collages, color pages, painting with the easel) and kitchen project (rice krispie treats, cookies, sandwiches with the cookie cutters) using the letters and numbers for the week. It will help the twins recognize the letters and Caroline can fine tune her writing of them. We will also play a game or two after nap time. My kids are really into these kinds of activities, which is why I am going to focus our time here (your kids might not like any of this, and forcing them wouldn't be any fun for your summer!). I am also going to limit my computer time to morning coffee and after bedtime so that I can "present" in this time with them. What are your summer plans and goals? Send me your ideas!