Here are my free printable daily and weekly rhythm charts (in two bright color options!) for families to use over the spring and summer.
You guys have been loving my Waldorf-inspired daily and weekly rhythm chart printables I made this winter to brighten up my homeschool space (and yours!). I need a little refresh for my walls this spring and summer season and I thought maybe you would, too!
This will be just the ticket to keep us going during summer break!
What is your favorite seasonal rhythm for your homeschool?
I have always loved autumn most of all the seasons, but as a homeschooling mother I appreciate summer break more and more! Also, as a homesteader I hustle hard in spring and early summer, then relax more and more in the heat of late summer. However, this year I want to preserve more food so maybe I won’t be relaxing as much!
Insert favourite sonnet just for fun:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
Our Daily Rhythms Change in Summer
Many homeschoolers enjoy the flexibility of not conforming to an institutional schedule for their day-to-day routines. At the same time, it is all about give and take. We need to give our days some shape. We use Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, which places a high emphasis on habit training.
Some examples of Charlotte Mason habits are:
Truth be told, I find it challenging to keep on top of everyone’s habits and routines. I need a chart or some sort to assist me in guiding my children through their day.
Daily Rhythm Charts for Summer
Rather than typical planning, we use rhythms and routines to keep us on track during the day. I plan these out so the kids can see them. I find they help us stay joyful and obedient!
What is a Daily rhythm chart?
Children greatly benefit from rhythm and structure. Like me, (for real guys), kids don’t have a great sense of time. Therefore, planners and schedules with timetables mean little to them. A rhythm chart is a simple visual cue to help kids stay on track during the day and know what to expect.
Why Use a Daily Rhythm Chart?
Rhythm Charts Give Structure
Adhering to a tight schedule is not natural or effective for many homeschool families. However, no plan is not a good plan. Too little structure is just as overwhelming as too much structure, for kids and parents alike.
Rhythm Charts Increase Print Awareness
In a typical classroom setting, posters and charts would add a lot of visual cues to aid a child in their day-to-day learning. I personally do not want my home to look like a classroom, but at the same time I see a lot of benefit to having some visual cues and plenty of print around for my kids to encounter on a regular basis.
Rhythm Charts Give Kids Autonomy
That’s why I adore these daily and weekly rhythm planning pages. It is so simple to print these and fill them out daily and weekly, as much or as little as needed. I like to hang ours near our family calendar.
How do you use a daily or weekly rhythm chart?
Here are some great ideas for how to use your daily rhythm chart:
- Print off multiple copies and store in a binder or on a clipboard for daily and weekly use.
- Laminate or place inside a slipcover to use and reuse with a dry erase marker.
- Print them off in a larger format to use as a wall poster for a command centre or kid’s bedroom.
- Screenshot to use digitally as digital wallpaper.
- To add more structure, write in dates and times.
- For younger children or a more relaxed time period, omit times and dates.
Things to put on your rhythm chart for summer:
- Wake times
- Fun activities
- Play time
- Quiet time
- Reading time
- Water play
- Pool time
- Screen time
- Watering the garden
- Evening routines
- Family time
What is a weekly rhythm chart?
A weekly rhythm chart is a way to teach the days of the week and what events happen on each day. My format also has starting arrows to help kids learn to read a chart from left to right.
Here is how I use the daily rhythm charts for my family
You may be wondering, how do I like to use these daily and weekly rhythm charts in real life?
I say, there is no right or wrong way to utilize rhythm charts and other organizational resources. What works for me may not work for you, and that is just fine. However, I will let you in on what we do with these.
Personally, I like to use resources like this more heavily when we are going through transitions or re-entering our homeschool routines. For example, now, since we want to spend so much more time outside in spring!
How I use these: What I do is I print these off, one copy per child, and laminate them. Each of my children has a clipboard to help them stay on task. These work great for my kid’s clipboards! That way we can write with a dry-erase marker.
We also use these handy dry-erase plastic sleeves if I don’t want to get the laminator out. The kids know which colour they belong to so they don’t get confused.
I also recommend that you go check out my friend Elizabeth’s awesome summer chore charts to help keep your home running smoothly this summer.
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Here’s what we like to do all summer:
Popsicle Theme rhythm charts for summer
I just love making homemade popsicles in summer with the kids and being able to share a cool, nourishing treat together in the yard or on the deck. Popsicles don’t have to mean junk food! This popsicle-themed summer daily and weekly rhythm chart printable is just the ticket to inspire us to chill out all summer long.
Your free printable daily and weekly rhythm charts
Without further ado, here are your free printable spring and summer daily and weekly rhythm charts with lunch planners. Simply drop your email in the box below, then check your inbox for the printable.
Thanks for checking out my daily rhythm printables
I absolutely loved making these planner pages for your kids to use this spring and summer. I thought the popsicle theme was very cute! You can see all my homeschool printables here.
Let me know in the comments section below if you decide to use these. I would love to see how you use them. If you share on social media, be sure to tag me @kindlingwild.
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