If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am all about rhythm. I am also all about summer, which always throws off rhythm because of all the extras that we do. So as much as I am an “endless summer type of person, I am also eager to fall into our fall flow this month.
A few little tidbits about our fall rhythm:
- A friend and I run a Mom and Me style co-op, Roots+Wings Playschool 2 days a week
- I will work 1 half day a week from home and an hour or so here and there
- We will be loosely following The Peaceful Preschool which I describe more here.
~7:00 Morning Rhythm
Breakfast- We eat a variation of eggs for breakfast everyday.
We read books and do a very gentle morning time during breakfast if my husband isn’t home or decides to start working early.
I make our daily smoothie while I make breakfast so that it is ready to go whenever people want to drink it.
Habits- wash hands, brush teeth
Free play outside
This is the time in our day that is a bit more structured.
Mondays- Library Outing (and sometime the park, hike and coffee shop)
Tuesdays- “Mom Mom” time. Lydia spends time with my mom while I work.
Wednesdays- Roots+Wings Playschool
Thursdays- Home Day or Nature Outing
Fridays- Playdate or Roots+Wings Field Trip
~ 12:00 Lunch, Nap
After our outing, we come back for lunch. Lunchtime is when we chat and read our library books. Then, its right to nap time.
We very rarely leave the house after nap time. I hold this time close to my heart. We free play, usually outside, often with some invitations to play based on our theme. This is when we will be doing most of the Peaceful Preschool activities. We also do most of our chores during this time. Some Wednesdays we plan to do a cousin playdate.
~4:30 Food Prep, Relax Time, Dinner
By this time, Lyd has had a full two or so hours of play. I prep dinner, often with a sous chef. If she is exhausted and I am not able to sit and read with her at this time, I allow her to watch something on my computer while I prep dinner. (Her first 18 months we allowed very very little media time. She now watches about 2.5 hours a week, usually 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes.)
Dinner. One of my favorite times a day. We chat, we eat, we have a glass of wine. We laugh at the fact that we thought we would finish the glass of wine without chasing our daughter around the house…
~6:00 Family Play, Bedtime Routine
After dinner, we tag team cleaning up. Then, weather permitting, head outside. We try to get the extra wiggles out at this time and often end with swinging. Then its bath, books, and bed.