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?
Labels: baking with kids, bread day, summer schedule