I've been test-driving our super-duper all-inclusive ever-so-thorough school schedule in the past week. Well, not the school part, just the surrounding parts that enable us to squeeze in "school." (Which might not look like school to many of you, but it's intentional learning time of a sort.)
So we've been enforcing wake-up, and bed-time, and outside-time, and quiet-time, and chore-time, and all that good stuff.
(Confession: lately I've just kind of muddled through the day and considered myself accomplished if girlie is asleep by midnight and I've done at least one load of dishes and laundry during the day. And the living room aka schoolroom is not totally trashed. Just partially trashed.)
And I've relearned what I always learn when trying to follow a schedule. There's NO WAY to fit it all in. Or even a quarter of it in. My daughter needs less sleep than I do. And she doesn't DO schedules.
We're working through the issues. I have high hopes. I just need to adjust the schedule for the following factors:
- From the start of bedtime to actual sleep takes 2 hours or more. I should schedule 3 hours to be on the safe side. After all that time, of course, Miss Esmé is hungry again, so we need to add a 1/2 hour to the schedule for a midnight snack. And a rebrushing of the teeth. And at least one more bedtime story to readjust to being back in bed after the snack.
- Miss Esmé does not DO naps on a schedule. We can work around this, of course. I do the napping on her bed while she does "quiet time" with a stack of books. Interspersed with "Is it time to get up yet?" every 2-5
- I HAVE managed to adjust her wake-up time with all this. I've been making her get up by 8 a.m. EVERY day (so naps and bedtimes would be easier??? - bad logic) - so now she is voluntarily getting up around 7:30 a.m.
- We should be able to get in about 9 hours of actual "school" time a week. Not quite enough for all the "curriculum" I had planned - I was hoping for at least another 3 hours. So I'm working in some double-tasking. Bible Story during bath-time, poetry reading during lunch, science during meal prep and outdoor time, phonics during art-time, subliminal math with audio CDs during sleep-time, etc.
- Somehow the house looks even worse than it did before I got serious about a schedule. I need to reevaluate the essentials. Like take mopping and dusting and window-cleaning and toilet-cleaning off the list, since they don't get done anyway and just make me feel guilty. Get back to the basics of
one set ofclean dishes and clothes!
So I think I'll shut up and go