Thursday, January 14, 2010
I've mentioned before that I'm schedule-challenged, I think. But I keep reading how important routine is for kids, and I hate that I'm passing on my schedule challenges to her.
(But honestly, folks, I think it's genetic?! Please tell me that's so! Some (lovely) mornings I drag her out of bed at 9 a.m. Other mornings, like this one, she's waking me up at 5 a.m. And it's not like she went to bed early last night. Naps are just as sporadic - sometimes they work, other times we lie around for an hour before I give up.)
Well, with the new year comes a new schedule. I do love making schedules! It's the following that's a challenge.
This time around, I decided to leave MY stuff totally off it. I made a weekly schedule for Esmé, and I'm trying make that a priority and just work my stuff around that schedule. It's sort of going, but there's a whole lot of MY stuff that's not getting done, unfortunately.
Today, I was sort of fed up with Esmé not following her OWN schedule, so I decided to put it down in pictures for her. We talked through the whole thing, and she totally agrees with everything on it. Here it is... (If anyone wants the Word file, I'm happy to share...)Oh shoot - no! That's the one she gave me as her counteroffer! Here's what we both finally signed off on.
Oh yeah - school? It's just fun with intentional learning opportunities, so don't stress over how much it appears on the schedule. And we're not into hard labor, either - it's just on the schedule so Esmé can see that Mommy needs to do it and can help if she wants.
By the way, I looked lots of places online for something like this, or at least clipart in one spot for making a schedule, with no success. I'm not entirely happy with what we came up with, but it's a start. I'd love to have clipart that matched. And I debated whether to run the sequence up and down or left to right - I decided left to right since that's the way we're doing sequencing cards, but it just doesn't feel right to me.
So, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know!
We shall see how this goes. I suspect I'll remain schedule-challenged... I'm optimistic, but not naive... (And this is just for her two at-home days - we'll wing the others for now.)