So I'm beginning to realize that just letting my kids play all day is not really working for us.
Now, I know that sounds crazy- of course my littles need to play... it's part of what being a kid is all about.
Here's the thing: it seems like unstructured play all day is leading to them being grouchy (=me being grouchy) and LOTS of mischief going on. Yesterday they pulled out all the books from the bookcase and made a track around the living room.
I could list all of the bazillions of things they have gotten into lately, but that's not really the point of this post.
The point, you ask?
Mainly, that I'm asking for your help.
I used to teach preschoolers, but never younger than 3 years old, and there's a vast difference in what a 2 year old can do and what a 3 year old can do. There's a lot of things that I think Em is capable of, but Atticus not so much. So I'm trying to figure out activities that they can mostly do together.
I'm planning on setting up a schedule for them. We are home nearly all of the time right now (because it makes me shake in my boots to think about trying to drag out all three kids and their various bags on a consistent basis) and I think a daily/weekly schedule would be really good for all of us. Everyone would know what to expect from the day, which is really important for my sanity and for the kids' growth and happiness.
Shaun helped me search for some websites with suggested activities for little ones, but I would definitely appreciate any suggestions here.
Here's the websites I have:
I'm thinking of doing, on a daily basis:
outside play time (weather permitting)
exercise time (playing simon says or follow the leader)
The thing is , most of these things can only last for about 15 minutes because of short attention spans... and although I don't feel like I need to fill the entire day up with a strict schedule, I'd like a few more things to do with them.
I'm also thinking about setting up a theme for each week... it may help me in my planning. For example, weather week, Valentine's week, flowers week, shapes week, etc.
Okay, so I'm going to stop rambling now and hope that you guys can give me some suggestions!
(And because I can't post without a picture, here's one of Atticus talking to Sabriel)