Now that I’m done packing the classrooms to be moved into a different building, the reality of summer is starting to sink in! This is the first and probably will be the only time in my teaching career that I have a summer off. With no summer school due to moving, and crazy schedules, I have decided to take this summer to check some things off my list. Sometimes as a preschool teacher it is hard to not know what is coming next. We live by daily schedules and strive to keep our students on a routine. So when it comes to a summer break, I’m actually finding myself anxious about not having a routine. I know myself too well, without a routine I become a couch potato who procrastinates!
This got me thinking, if I am really going to have a summer off then there are certain things I need to do. Then I realized, I am probably not the only teacher who has this problem. I’m thinking that there are at least other single women teachers out there who are like me and won’t be spending their summer running their kids around (since we have none outside of the classroom). The following is a list of ways teachers like me can have structure yet still enjoy their summer! At the end of this post is a worksheet I made for you. It will help you to do these five things and have an amazing summer!
Have a routine:
Routine is what keeps my world flowing…or is it spinning? I say flowing because for the last year I have had to learn to go with the flow. With so many changes, I had to learn to adapt to new situations in and out of work. So you would think I’d be good at not having a routine right? Wrong! I like my meals at the same time, going to bed and waking up at the same time, and knowing what to expect. So I’ve realized that setting my own routine is what really has kept me sane in this crazy world. This summer I’ve laid out a plan for myself. It includes waking up at a decent time, enjoying coffee, and getting outside. I encourage you to write out your own routine, it doesn’t mean you have to keep it every day, but it is something to fall back on when your world is getting a little too crazy.
Put your electronics away:
I hate to admit that I am constantly connected to electronics (mostly my phone). I know I would feel better if I didn’t always check for a new e-mail or text message. My goal this summer is to have my phone put away for at least a few hours a day. I have done this in the past and have found that I just simply enjoy life more when I am not holding my phone for dear life.
Read a good book:
I absolutely love to read. I am the daughter of a librarian and the love to read is deep in my heart. During the school year, I get pulled away from my joy of reading. I have been listening to numerous audio books on my drive to and from work, but it just isn’t the same. If this happens to you too, make a list of books you’ve been wanting to read, then dive in! When people ask me for good summer reading, I always suggest any book by Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane is my absolute favorite but they are all great reads! I have one of hers on my list for the summer as a matter of fact!
Get projects done around home:
Have you been dreaming of updating a room, making your backyard an oasis? What a perfect time to make those dreams come true. Also take this time to schedule into your routine smaller projects around the house that just never seem to get done during the school year. I am working on making a table out of an old wooden door, and renovating my parents’ camper!
Check something off your bucket list!
Whether it be something big or small, make a list of things you want to do or goals you have and check at least one of them off this summer! On my list, I have been wanting to spend a week with my oldest brother Christopher. He lives the furthest away out of all of my siblings so I do not get to see him as often. We have a lot in common and I love talking to him about writing, reading, adventures, and now of course he is the one who got me hooked on podcasts! I will be road tripping out to my brother’s this July! I can’t wait! His wife has already planned a crafty day with me (they know me so well), and I can’t wait to sit under their canopy and listen to some of our favorite podcasts. What is on your bucket list? There’s no better time to check it off than now!
Please download your worksheet here to have a great and fulfilling summer!
Happy Summer Vacation!