Micheal and Kaitlin's Schedule Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
· 7:30-8:15 a.m. Get children up and dressed; PJs put away, beds made; enjoy breakfast
· 8:15-9:30 a.m. Structured playtime with siblings
· 9:30-10 a.m. Roomtime (Kaitlin); reading time with mom (Micheal)
· 10:00-10:30 a.m. Roomtime (Micheal); reading time with Mom (Kaitlin)
· 10:30-noon Free playtime with siblings (possibly one half hour of video time)
· noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch, clean-up, read books until naptime
· 1:00-3:00 p.m. Naptime (Kaitlin)
· 1:00-2:00 p.m. Rest time (Micheal)
· 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free playtime (Micheal)
· 3:00-4:30 p.m. Free playtime (Micheal and Kaitlin)
· 4:30-5:00 p.m. Video time or structured playtime
· 5:00-5:30 p.m. Pick up house before Dad comes home
· 7:00-7:30 p.m. Time with Dad (Micheal); Mom gets Kaitlin bathed and ready for bed
· 7:30 p.m. Kaitlin in bed
· 7:30-8:00 p.m. Micheal gets ready for bed
· 8:00 p.m. Micheal in bed
Wow! I do like the Baby Wise Books and this Preschool Wise book because I like to have a plan, but in reality with kids nothing goes as planned.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I want us to only have the T.V. on twice a day. No real reason, just sick of the T.V always being on. Then, I remembered I had not read Preschool Wise, and I have and LOVE Preschool age kids. I am also a little nervous about what we are going to do all summer not being in Preschool.
I am going to work on my schedule which will look different than the above schedule. Jackson has done well with not a lot of T. V except for first thing in the morning when he wants to eat breakfast and watch T.V. I have replaced it with his Tagger book and a new tagger book to work through.
Additionally, I have just been making them play in the den for 15 minutes and setting a timer (or Jackson’s room, etc). I try to play cars and blocks with them on Mondays, bubbles Tuesdays, puzzles Wednesdays, Animals on Thursdays, and art and crafts on Fridays.
Free playtime- is putting him either outside or in his room, but allowing him to decide what he plays with.
Structured playtime-Place is determined by mom. It might be playing with puzzles at the kitchen table, coloring, playing with the kitchen play center, etc.
Structured playtime with siblings-Two siblings can be coloring at the kitchen table, playing in the backyard together, or sharing reading time.
Your afternoon routine might look like this:
- Naptime/Rest Time
- Structured Playtime with Siblings
- Video Time
Preschool Wise also recommends the book, Simplify Your Life with Kids: 100 Ways to Make Family Life Easier and More Fun, Elaine St. James.
What about you? What are your plans with your kids at home this summer? We did join the Y for the summer with an outdoor pool and treadmill for my first real big 5k in July. We plan to go to the Y three times a week or so this summer.