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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Schedule

So I've been thinking a lot about our schedule at home. I have always wanted to provide Kate (and now Addison) with opportunities to expand her knowledge and create fun memories for her. I never just wanted to be the mom who sat around and did not interact with her kids. Adding baby #2 has really been hard with this aspect - there are feedings every 3 hours, diapers, naptime, and fussiness that take away from structured activity time and the ease of going places.

With this all being said, today I made a schedule that I hope to start in September. I must admit, with Chris working nights since the last week of July I have been on somewhat of a survival mode - way too much TV, late nights with Kate and spoiling Addison to death - but we've made lots of memories along the way, I just need a little more structure to my day.

Below is my goal for a regular week. Please leave me advice, helpful blogs, books, etc in the comments. I have the Toddler's Busy Book, which I plan to use and have used in the past. And YES, I know my week will probably never go as planned, but for me if I do not plan, it will never get done!!


7:00 - generally time Kate wakes up

7:00-9:00, TV (while feeding Addison), breakfast, get dressed, free play

9:00 - structured activity - "school" time - learning letters, numbers, etc. I also plan to start teaching her bible verses and stories at this time. We typically do this before bed, but I think it would work better during the day.

10:00- TV time/snack (while nursing Addison)

10:30 - 12:00 - free play/ color/ play dough/ puzzles - things along this nature

12:00 - lunch

12:30 - clean up/read stories

1:00 - 3:00 naptime- yeah!!

3:00 - 4:00- snack, craft acitivity

4:00 - TV time (feeding Addison)

4:30 - free play until dinner

Dinner
Play
Bedtime Routine

I hope to follow this type of schedule on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. On Tuesday's I am going to start attending a bible study from 9:30-11:30, so we will adjust. Kate is going to go to Mother's Day Out on Thursday's (for church members/prospective members only and it is on a drop in basis for $6 - what a deal). I also love to go places, so I hope to do at least one out of the house activity per week. This includes things like the zoo, library, etc. I am sure we will frequent playgrounds during some of our play time when it gets a little cooler.

So, now that I've detailed every hour of my day, knowing I will never be able to completely follow such a schedule, here are my basic goals. Do a morning and afternoon activity with hopes of teaching her letters, numbers, etc. and get out of the house at least once per week to do something fun with the girls. Most importantly sieze the moments I have with the most precious two things God has given me - Kate and Addison.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

You're a good mommy, Sara! Kate and Addison are lucky girls:)!!!

The Alexanders said...

Please let me begin this comment by saying that I do not do near as much structure as I would like at this age and am planning to start to be better in the Fall. I love your schedule! But I have lots of good ideas and lots of good intentions, so I will share some with you. Here is a great blog that does "Tot School" --
1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com.
It's for ages 1-3 and she has lots of other moms that link up to give you GREAT ideas! On the sidebar of her blog is a great blog called "Totally Tots" that gives you great ways to teach bible verses, etc. through songs, puzzles, and other free print-outs. It's GREAT! There's lots of other ideas on that blog, too. Also, I don't know how much you let Kate use the computer, but let her play on starfall.com. It has totally taught Avery her letter sounds! pbs.com is great, too!

Dion said...

I think your schedule is do-able. Do let your self be flexible, though.

I recommend a preschool "homeschool" curriculum we have used. It's Hands on Homeschool. You can google it. We used it for years 2, 3 & 4 for Maddie. And now Katie is using it, too. The entire year comes in a binder for about $50. Mon-Friday is broken down for you to teach (shapes, letters, Bible verses and stories). Best part about it, it's really flexible.

Desiree said...

I love it! I totally need to do more crafts and structured activities with Alex... I think since he's a boy he'd rather be playing with his trucks and running around on the lawn. I'm usually working about 6 hours a day (at home with him) so he is used to playing during that time and snuggling with me when he wants to. He stopped watching tv altogether while we were in Korea - I'm kind of sad since he was previously only watching Korean cartoons - I want him to hear the language. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration to better structure my day with him! Maybe I will make a schedule, too! :-)

And Lex - great site! I'm going to check it out!

zebracrazy82 said...

I love starfall.com and use it all the time with my Kindergarten students. pbskids is also good if you wanted to throw in some computer time for her. Like if she doesn't take as long of a nap as Addison or you need to occupy her while you are doing something else. Just and idea, I think your schedule looks great. You'll never know if it will work until you try it. Good Luck Sara.

-Kayla (Hiler) Shockley

Jessi said...

As much as I hate to admit it...I, too, have been in survival mode. I consider myself to be a person who loves structure/schedule, but I just can't seem to get into it....too many things in a day/week throw it off (however, I do manage to get the kids down for a nap at about the same time *every* day despite whatever extra activity we have going on). ;-)

I think your schedule looks great....and ditto on what Dion said about allowing some flexibility.

BTW, if you're looking for a learning-type DVD, we're using "The Letter Factory" by Leap Frog to help Josiah AND Laney learn their letters (they love it). It's a great alternative to using the computer...but I will admit that Starfall.com is AWESOME!

Joy said...

We are just now starting to break out of survival mode and I have been working on a schedule for us- I may steal some ideas!

Katie L said...

Looks good! You have put a lot of thought into it and it looks very do-able.