Back to School, Back on Schedule!
Summertime is winding down! My kids are ready for school to start and with my house finally in order (see “Learn It. Live It!”), I feel like I might be too! So this morning we started our school routine.
I might be the only mom who does it, or at least the only one who admits it… but in the summer, I throw bedtimes out the window. My theory honestly becomes, “the later they stay up, the later they’ll sleep in.” For my son, this doesn’t really seem to matter as he likes to go to bed when he is tired and always wakes up early. For Marissa though, she loves to stay up late watching TV all night. So it is completely necessary that I start now with both of them.
They both have to turn their TVs off at 8 and get their rooms straightened up and get teeth brushed. Then they can lay down and watch TV for about an hour or how ever long they have left before 9:30. Joshua is usually asleep immediately… Marissa is still in the stage of this where she screams at me for about 30-40 minutes before finally realizing it’s a lost cause… hopefully she will be over that before school actually starts.
This morning we also started waking up early. 6:30 for me, Shaun, and Joshua. Shaun has been getting up this early anyway, but Joshua and I are already feeling it! We both got ready for our day as if we were going somewhere, then at 7 I fixed him some breakfast and went to wake sleeping beauty. She got dressed and ready as well. Since I had them both up and going I took advantage of the time by working with each of them on some assignments.
For Joshua, I had him start his morning at 8, like he will in school. He wrote out 3 sentences about his weekend. Then worked on a few of his summer activities, including math, reading challenges, and even some social studies. He finished up his morning session by reading the last few pages of last night’s book to me.
Marissa was more than eager to get her one-on-one time with me. So she traced her name several times before attempting to write it by herself. We worked on some of her tracing sheets, and I discovered she is actually very talented at solving mazes. She then decided to amaze me by blowing through her math work as if it was nothing. Sorting and sequencing, numbering and counting (I had no idea she knew her numbers by sight).
We then had snack time and outside play time! Currently, I have Marissa down for a nap (1-2:30, everyday now. No exceptions and no TV!) and Joshua playing on a computer game. So I guess Mommy can squeeze in a 15 minute power nap if she wraps up her blogging!
Hope your day is going great as well! Let me know if you have any suggestions for keeping up a routine, or spicing it up. Also, the kiddos are 4 and 6— is 9:30 too late for TVs off? Hubby and I can’t seem to decide. Let us know (: