Originally Posted by Subliime
Any suggestions? What do you all do?
When you start out it can seem hard to fill the days, I remember. Now we just don't have time for everything we'd want to do!
Well, you will find that it helps when you have more than one preschooler, because they can play with each other...and there will be a lot of supervised free play no matter what because toddlers have a really short attention span. You can easily spend 10 min setting something up for them, they engage with it for 2 minutes if you are lucky, and then there is 10 min of cleanup....
I'd start by asking the parents and the children in great detail what kind of activities the children like to do and what they would like to be happening...for example, I have one child nearing K age whose parents are concerned about his fine motor skills (holding a pencil etc.) so we do a lot of fine motor activities. My two boys are not right with the world unless they get a good bout of outside time every day that it is possible. We are in a colder climate and probably more used to cold weather than you would be in Missouri? We are outside for a good hour every day unless it is much colder than about 20 F or outright stormy -- and even if it is colder, we will sometimes go out for a short time if we have some real cabin fever going.
You might want to check out some preschool or toddler curriculum books or websites for ideas. Little Acorn advertises on this site and sells a curriculum to be run in a home childcare setting. Most libraries here have lots of Pam Schiller books and resources, which I like. http://www.pamschiller.com
(I'm not suggesting to buy them, necessarily, just that you can probably get them through your library and check them out. I did buy a couple of her books after reviewing many.)
Today, I had a 5 yr old half the day, 2- 4 yr olds, a 2 1/2 and a 19 mo.
Here is what we did today:
Children arrived between 7:30 and 8, played with a felt board that I had up with felt letter stickers, and drove toy trucks around.
8 am -- lit the candle on our advent wreath, said a prayer for a good day and for getting ready for Christmas in our hearts, and blew out the candle. Talked about the December calendar I have up, the various holidays from Eid to Kwanzaa.
8:15-30 breakfast for my boys, second breakfast for the dhc
8:30-9ish We worked on a 12 Days of Christmas craft project (all the gifts are different breeds of dinosaurs and the older boys are practicting the song with visual aids for their parents). One toddler was bored with this and played with toys on the floor while we were working
We also sang our Christmas carols (much ringing of jingle bells)
9ish to 920 -- free play while I prepped lunch in the crockpot and snack. One boy helped me butter bread.
9:20-40 hand washing,am snack, diaper changes, hand washing
9:45 play in our playroom. We read a Mexican folk story about the origin of corn that I got from the library and I helped the older children act it out with dollhouse dolls and animals, the forest scene and a little tikes mountain I got from a garage sale for $5. We've been learning about Mexico since Nov 1. Toddlers watched, did puzzles, drew on easel with chalk.
10 am -- diaper change, free play
10:10 -- the children wanted to play Christmas morning with our little playroom tree, so I helped them organize that --we took turns being Santa, wrapped toys up in silk scarves to put under the tree turned the lights off, pretended to wake up and open presents....
10:20 -- cleaned up playroom, made an obstacle course for exercise
10:40 -- upstairs for handwashing and lunch
11:20 -- Kindy bus comes for oldest child. Free play while I do lunch cleanup
11:45-1pm-- play in the back yard (too windy for the park today!) We brought some cobs of dried corn inside and the older children were picking the kernels off the cobs into a bowl (for the hamster) any chance they got all afternoon.
1pm-1:30 storytime, bedtime routine, non nappers play with small piece toys, or listen to story cds
3:30 snack, free play till pickup time