I received some very wise counsel by a veteran mom who told me our mornings would go much better if I started with my toddler first.
She was right!
Last week, I discovered that if we take 'scheduled' turns with our little bundle of energy, our DAYS are so much better!
Though we don't have a set start time each morning, here's a basic formula we follow:
My oldest (high school) gets up between 5-6 am to start his work. It's quiet and he can cruise through his work without hindrance. (And yes, he thrives on this schedule!) The rest of the crew gets up between 7:30-8:00.
We all eat breakfast together around 8:00-8:30 and we begin our schooling after cleanup.
|1st Half Hour|
|Mom and Nip Napper|
|Puzzles, Counting and ABC Games|
|(Oldest 3 kids work independently)|
|2nd Half Hour|
|8 year old and Nip Napper|
|Drawing, Coloring, Painting, Creating|
|(I do Spelling with 11 year old)|
|3rd Half Hour|
|11 year old and Nip Napper|
|Building - Blocks, Legos, Trains…..|
|(I do Spelling & Reading with 8 yr old)|
|4th Half Hour|
|13 year old and Nip Napper|
|Story and Snack time|
|(I continue working with 8 yr old)|
The addition of these scheduled play times has made such a difference! Everyone benefits!!