There's lots a parent can learn from the way preschools structure children's days and weeks. For example, at Sabrina's school many of the activities have fun little titles like "Dee's Delights" named after the teacher who guides the children in delightful activities such as baking, gardening or crafting every Thursday.
Inspired by this, I've been thinking of assigning particular activities to each day of the week at home too. This would help me get more organized with getting materials and setting the stage ahead of time and give Sabrina something to look forward to each day. By the time I get this system down, CC will be ready to participate too, although I absolutely believe that she already gets a lot out of seeing and hearing all the activity around her.
I'm a stay-at-home mom on Mondays and in the afternoons Tuesday through Friday, so here are some goofy names I've come up with for the structured part of this time. I've picked things I know Sabrina really enjoys so we have something proven to be a hit to anchor each day. The rest of the time we'll be lounging around, cuddling, dancing, reading, playing and everything else that does not need a name.
Making Marvels Monday Mornings: arts and crafts activities
On the Move with Mama Monday Afternoons: discovering new places and visiting old favorites
Yummy in my Tummy Tuesdays: cooking and baking
Wonderful Words Wednesdays: this has been on the calendar since Sabrina was 18 months old; on Wednesdays we go to the library
Thumping in the Park Thursdays: Sabrina used to go to the park almost every day before preschool, so want to make sure she still gets to go regularly
Fooling Around with Friends Fridays: invite friends and family over in the afternoon or evening, or go visit with someone
Is this too much? And I mean too much in an alrighty now, let's not get carried away kind of way... Well, we'll see. I'm going to try to start this schedule next week, so stay tuned for updates on how we do. Also, would love to hear about any other ideas on ways to structure the week.
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