My friend came in town this weekend and we had a good mommy chat about what a typical day looks like for each of us stay-at-home moms, and even what our day looks like when our husbands get home. It got me thinking…most of us just kinda fly by the seat of our pants when it comes to our agenda for each day. If we don’t have a doctor’s appointment, a trip to the gym, or something penciled in, then we are kind of aimless with our kids. We cross our fingers and hope that they will play independently most of the day leaving us room to tick off some “to do’s” from our checklists.
You may remember the post For Parents Who Like Routine and Sanity – well, today is a SIMPLE way to follow a daily agenda. I have been making a mini “schedule” for Sean Patrick for some time now and I wanted to share it with all my mommy teachers out there who might find it useful.
In my classroom I had a time-segmented schedule similar to the example in For Parents Who Like Routine And Sanity but here, at home, I have a list of things on our “agenda” for the day, and I have no expectations for the duration of any one activity, but I PLAN activities ONCE a week that I will do every day for the whole week. I will repeat the activities every day so my little one will really have time to process and practice everything he is learning.
Here is an OVERVIEW of all the things that Sean Patrick and I try to accomplish each given day in which I “plan” mini activities for (specific activities not included):
Here is a simple daily agenda from my Notes on my iphone to have at my fingertips all day.
A schedule seems rigid for a young one at home, but some form of routine is so nice in order for your day to be predictable and intentional; making room for tons of learning opportunities.
Teachers are usually prepared, or over prepared, for every minute of their day…because wait time can drive anyone and everyone involved to their breaking point. So, most teachers have a bin (or two) of time fillers just in case they need a backup plan.
This backup plan is a concept that needs to be transferred over into the “on-the-go bag” you carry with you on a daily basis because you WILL end up in a waiting room, a mess of traffic, a long line at the store (eh hem, hobby lobby), or who even knows where else.
I submit to you a few ideas worth considering other than the commonly used technology accessories: books, sketch pad + crayons, an activity book, and a mommy teacher time filler book.
I know this “time filler book” sounds silly, but I recommend taking the time to make one and here is how:
Make a word document of all the songs, finger plays, and stories you love:
1) Find, copy and paste from websites that provide all the lyrics.
2) Print and cut them out. (Click here for a starter I made you)
3) Tape them into a spiral bound index card pack.
4) Throw them in your purse or murse (“man purse” for all you daddy teachers)
** If you want to get fancy you can color code them (songs-red, finger plays-blue, stories-orange, etc.)
Then when you need a time filler, give your little one a choice! “Do you want to read a book, sing a song, listen to a story, color, or act out a story with our fingers?” I think you will be surprised how much more quickly the time passes with your little one engaged.
So today I ask you….What’s in your Bag? Share ideas that you have found helpful in your time of need! Share pictures on the Mommy Teacher Facebook Page!