I may be a shopgirl at heart but my degree is in education, primarily 4th-8th grade. This summer, as I was conveniently laid off from my job in mid-May I found myself quite open to spend quality time with my step son (6 yo), and two daughters (3 & 1 yo). Perhaps it was the educator in me, or it could have been a desperate attempt to maintain order in the house; I created an extensive series of lesson plans to fill the entire calendar for June & July.
The first trick to order is consistency. (Times may vary in 15 min intervals)
8am- Rise and Shine
9am-10 am Free Play (mommy coffee and final prep time)
10 am-10:30 am Circle Time
10:30am-11 am Lesson Introduction
11 am-11:30 am Related Activity
11:30 am-12 pm Lunch Break
12 pm-1:00pm Independent Studies (Centers/Worksheets)
1:00pm-2:00pm Group game/ or activity
2 pm-4 pm Quiet time/Nap Time
There were occasional days when I would decide to just let them free play while I tried to catch up on household chores, but the difference in their attitudes and behavior were so incredibly drastic that I would go right back to our school schedule the very next morning without hesitation. This program was a lifesaver!