I seem to be rambling, so I will just say that I think it so important to step away and do this. It stops me from living life haphazardly.
I think this year will keep us home a good bit. Clara still needs that morning nap, which ensures that we will be home most days until 10:30. It is rare that I would get out before then. Everyone naps from 1-3. Some mornings Clara can take her morning nap in the car, but I would prefer her to be home.
I am using her morning nap to do some structured attention time with Hudson. I am letting him lead that time. I do want to work with him on academic material but more than that, I just want to communicate time with him. There is no other time in the day when it is just him. I think it is most important for him to have that time with me right now. I have been reading books that focus on more of a Charlotte Mason style preschool, and I am leaning towards that style of learning with him. We are going to read through Mason's preschool book list slowly, and we are also going to work through The Big Picture Storybook Bible, along with ABC Scripture Memory. I also want to strive towards doing one craft, science, and kitchen activity a week, along with some letter and number work. The main thing Mason teaches is to keep the kiddos outside. I want to try and do this throughout the day. This will mean many walks, picnics, trips to the park, and lazy days in the backyard.
I also am working with him on keeping a routine. He has daily chores. These include, taking his plate to the sink, brushing his teeth, helping to make his bed, stacking his books on his night stand, taking his dirty clothes to the basket, and helping dress himself. He has to be prompted to do them, but I am hoping he will eventually do them without being told.
|Hudson's school space.|
Hudson's preschool space is filled with good books, puzzles, music, and activities for us. It also contains his chore chart, his Ipad minutes board, and a list of our daily activities. This space keeps me focuses as much as it does him.
Other than that, I am planning on doing a MOPS group, and maybe a Bible Study. I also plan on taking the kids to the Hoover Library Storytime. Instead of doing a Mother's Day Out, I have a wonderful babysitter from my church that is going to come over for an afternoon each week. I am going to use that time to spend time with the Lord, read, and plan my week.
I love being a mom and staying home with this littles. I truly am grateful and blessed with this time. The days are hard and slow, but so rich and full! I am trying to keep my expectations low and the eternal perspective before me. A daily call to one of my best friends in the same stage of life helps too! Sometimes, you just need to laugh at the day!
Disclaimer---I use this blog as a journal for my family. We print it out each year. I by no means think that your day should look like mine, or that there is only one way to do something.