We have our supplies, you've downloaded the unit plans, we're set and ready with excitement. Now it's time to think through logistics. What will our days actually look like?
Flexibility is the key. Some homes may thrive with a routine while others do best going day-by-day. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to fit into a mold. That is one of the most beautiful things about preschool at home- you can do activities around your schedule and when it suits your family best!
Today I'm sharing what our days look like. We are more of a routine oriented family so if that's not your cup of tea there's no shame in that. With that being said, we do have some flexibility throughout our weeks. We like to invite friends over to visit during the day (community is super important to the stay at home mama,) go to story time, and we are part of a weekly Bible study, etc. The following is the basic framework of what our days look like:
6:30- I wake up and spend time with Jesus and drink all the coffee I can while it's still hot
7:00- Children wake up/are allowed out of their rooms (We use the ok to wake clock.) make and eat breakfast together
Around 8:00 dress, brush teeth, make beds
Around 8:30 start preschool in our playroom. Rutledge (14 months) can walk around/play with toys/climb on all the things while the girls and I read our Bible story, practice our verse, and do flashcards. The convenience of the playroom allows me to close the door and keep my Rutter Butter baby contained. You don't need a playroom to start your day. I'm just juggling 3, 4 and under. :)
Around 9:00 Rutledge takes his morning nap. The girls and I read our story for the day, do the hands on activities and journal around the kitchen table.
Around 10:00 we're done for the day. We still have plenty of time to do anything else our hearts desire (grocery shop, chores, visit the zoo, etc.)
Sometimes if I can tell they're just not feeling it- maybe an activity is frustrating, they didn't get enough sleep, etc. I'll split the day and do one hands on activity in the morning and one after nap time.
Whether you're routine person or not it'll help you to think through what you want preschool play to look like before we begin. Maybe sit down one afternoon this week and process what you want things to look like for your family, pray, and give yourself heaps of grace. I guarantee every little investment you make in your little love is invaluable and we are sowing much more than we realize. I'm praying for you and rooting for you! Consider me your virtual cheerleader over here cheering, "You've got this! Go mama! Happy New Year!!"
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Praying your family is enjoying this last week of Summer break! Soak it up, do something super fun with your kiddos and do something super fun for YOU!