When my son finished Pre-K I knew that I wanted to do many things with him over the summer to prepare him for Kindergarten. I was not sure if I wanted to start home schooling immediately or if I should give the kid a break before I teach him everything he is going to learn in kindergarten. I decided that I should allow him and his sister some time to relax and do what they want for at least the month on July. I figured I would sneak in some math and sight words, but I wouldn’t have a structured day until August. I decided to wait until after their little brothers 1st birthday to start “summer school” which was 2 days ago August 6th.
Today summer school started, and while I have put a lot of thought into what I wanted to do with them I figured that I would just make sure that their day was more then just playing outside, watching TV, and playing with their iPads. My main goal is to get them used to a more structured day, and to learn some of the basic things they will need to know before school starts.
While they were eating breakfast I grabbed their notebooks and created a name writing
exercise they could work on after they were finished eating. I then came up with a basic schedule for the day and crossed my fingers. This is what my schedule looked like.
- practice name writing
- wash up and change clothes
- iPad time (starfall only) while putting Rafa down for nap.
- go outside to play
- table toys
- lunch 11:30
- free play
- Sofia’s nap and quiet free time for Francisco 12:30/1
- free play outside & inside
- bedtime routine
As you can see there are only times attached to lunch and nap. That is because I didn’t want to put time restrictions on anything else, I just want them to get use to some kind of structure. It turns out that my morning went really well, and Rafael even cooperated when it came to napping (that’s a major plus). The afternoon was a little more tricky, they weren’t as agreeable. I expected them to resist so I kept activities short and when they complained I told them that they needed to continue working to get free time. next week I make activities longer to help build stamina.
Today’s math activities: Back yard ten frame math, using bowling pins as counters. Number writing practice, & unifix cube patterns.
While I felt that we had a good day it wasn’t without its meltdowns. When Sofia told me she didn’t want to make unifix patterns I told her that she had to make at least one before she could have free time. She had a full on tantrum which included arm flailing. I didn’t give in and 5 minutes later she calmed down and made one pattern, which was plenty for a 3 year old.
My plans for this week:
- Tuesday: focus on arts & Crafts and reading.
- Wednesday: weather permitting, take a trip somewhere.
- Thursday: focus on writing.
- Friday: a bit of everything.
I will document the next couple of days on my instagram @bigapplemami and my facebook page Big Apple Mami along with my blog.