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Wednesday, August 6, 2008


our summer days

i know that i have mentioned before that my son goes to a Waldorf kindergarten. we love his school. it's not part of a bigger school. it's just a one-room school house run by a couple who've been doing it for years. mixed-age kindergarten is all they do. it's a really sweet place. they have chickens and the kids collect the eggs (which i am happy to benefit from) and a pony which the kids ride and care for in the summer during the camp program and a garden as well as swings and sand and it's surrounded by woods. it's just lovely.

bb (his initials, not a cutesy way of saying "baby") did 5 week of summer camp this summer and then he was/is home for the duration. and this momma was freaking out a little. it seemed important for me to structure his time somehow. and figuring out how to balance his needs with the baby's was stressing me out. big time.

then, i remembered our last class meeting before camp started. bb's teacher recommended that we try to follow some sort of school-like rhythm throughout the summer. it will help with continuity between school and summer. in a Waldorf kindergarten each day is a *something* day. in ours it's monday - painting day, tuesday - soup day (each kid brings a vegetable to contribute), wednesday - rice day, thursday - millet day, friday - bread day.

so, i decided to model our time after this. and so far, it's been great. it gives bb something reliable he can count on and it gives me the same. i know what to prepare for each night for the following day and there's not hemming and hawing about it. if it's bread day, it just IS bread day. that's what we're doing.

here's my list:

i drew pictures of each thing to make it more fun for him. monday - market day, tuesday - farm day (we have a share at a local CSA farm), wednesday - house work day, thursday - art day, friday - pizza/baking day (throughout the spring friday was "pizza friday" so, i wanted to keep this but also expand to doing another kitchen project), saturday - laundry day and sunday is open and flexible. we also follow a predictable rhythm throughout the day. we have a snacktime, lunchtime, book and rest all at the same time (roughly) every day.

it's been great for all of us, really. we all have something to hold on to. and i believe bb feels safer in a predictable world.

these pictures are from the latest baking day. we made some kick a** bread!

what about you? how do you and your family stay sane during the summer?

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Blogger Pamela said...

Still working on staying sane! But I just wanted to tell you that the list is a great idea. I remember in the parenting class I took, the teacher advised that a visual list is a good thing for the child to see. Thanks for the reminder!

August 6, 2008 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

You put me to shame. This is one of those things I always WANT to do and then don't typically follow through. We did have some are time yesterday. I was quite proud of myself...

What do you do with the baby during some of these activities? That feels like my biggest problem. Like, when you are baking - what's up with the babe?

August 7, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger kate said...

luckily the babe still takes two naps, so when she goes up for nap around 9 or 9:30,we bake/house clean/paint, etc. sometimes we pick the activity of the day back up again later, sometimes we limit it to just her nap time. depends.

August 7, 2008 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger K-Nut said...

That's so cool! I love that you have set such a schedule; I live by my own schedule (I go nuts without one). I love that it's so kid-friendly!

August 10, 2008 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hey Kate, I've been trying to email you but it keeps kicking it back to me saying you are over your quota. Sorry to leave a comment here, but I don't know how else to reach you!! My post is up!

August 23, 2008 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous D-D mom (no, that's NOT my bra size) said...

I have done schedules like this for my kids, and when I'm actually consistent about DOING them, it works great. It's funny how much my charts look like yours. Ours include, art days, cooking days, family movie night, outings, and laundry (ok, not fun, but had to fit somewhere!).

p.s. new to your site, referred by k-nut. Hope to be back.

August 25, 2008 at 9:40 AM  

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