We start kindy in the fall, and I'm still trying to work out how I think our daily rhythm should go. I think the reality is that I'm going to have to do a lot of cooking in advance so we can just reheat things like eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, or easy things for lunch. I already make a large casserole for dinners on Monday that we reheat for 2 more dinners, so that saves time. To be honest, I just don't know when I'm going to be able to squeeze in an extra hour for kindy. I'm thinking of keeping it to just 1 hour--30 minutes circle, and a 30 minute craft but to be honest are crafts NEVER take 30 minutes. Dd has a way of taking 2 hours somehow. At least she thoroughly enjoys them. I'm getting VERY limited personal time these days and almost no computer time. I'm glad I have kindy laid out because with no computer time it's hard to research.
As for worries, I'm worried about how we're going to find time to "do" something for kindy. As Waldorf-inspired as we are, dd does not play like other Waldorf kids. I try. I do. But I cannot play with her all day, and even when I can, she would rather draw pictures, make books, and record her own songs on cassette tapes than have a tea party with dolls or make up magical worlds at this point, and I'm just so exhausted from trying to encourage this kind of play. Crafts she excels at, but things like block play? castle play? dollhouse play? No go. I can never figure out if I should worry about this or what I can do to encourage it. I have tried every Waldorf trick in the book and end up burning out, and the reality is that I have to do laundry, clean, and cook. We go outside for 2-3 hours every afternoon, and I can't send her out alone because we live in an apartment complex so it's not like I can postpone my work until then or anything. Ideas? Empathy?
A friend of ours gave us a kids' science kitchen science project book and dh (who is a polymer chemist and engineer) has been doing a lot of these with her. I have discovered that I'm not big into science no matter how interesting the project is. I just don't really like them and I don't care how they work. I guess that's why I'm a medievalist. Dd, though, is an engineer like hubby so I'm going to have to overcome this or push more of it on to dh and schedule our lives accordingly.
On the bright side, dd seems to excel at unschooling, so I figure if I truly mess things up, hopefully she'll still learn what she needs to via this method so long as I foster a creative environment. Right now, she has been working a lot on correcting her handwriting and is progressing in teaching herself to read. Her logic abilities are phenomenal, but she is an engineer. She just is. It seems like imagination is where we struggle.