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Sounds alot like my day. I think it seems like he has quite a bit of stimulation to keep him interested. Also interacting with his big brother for some time is very healthy for him. I didn't notice you mention any one on one reading, or maybe this happens at bedtime?
I don't believe in structure persay. I think it is difficult to structure the day of a toddler. Instead I think routine is important. Things they can count on happening that are familiar and lends a pattern to their life and it sounds like your DS has that perfect balance of routine and outside activities.
If you are still feeling unsure, you can try inserting paint time or bubble blowing or water play during one of the free play intervals. This will give him something new to look forward to that will also enhance him learning through play.
Wife to DH (06/10) and Mummy to DD (07/08).
You are going to Gymboree every day? That sounds like a lot of structure to me! I try to keep a consistent rhythm to the day by keeping our eating and sleeping times about the same, but what we do in between changes... or isn't planned at all. We go to a couple of play groups a week but they are just a chance for all of the kids to play together.
I try to do a craft-type activity every day, but it is mainly for the older kids and not my little one. But even that isn't structured - it is more like "here is some paint.... fill your boots!"
We recently started a Kindermusik class that my DD LOVED, but unfortunately the teacher had to cancel the class due to her illness. I am trying to find something to replace it.
There is a local dance place that starts "classes" at 2 years old, but it is more just movement and play and parents participate. I don't think they start actual "dance' until 4 or 5. Maybe that kid at Gymboree just looked younger??
How old were others' LOs when they started with those items? Did you have to worry about them getting the supplies in their mouths? ... his first impulse with a lot of "interesting" things is still to put them right in his mouth.
Kris - married to Nate since 12/06, mom to Toby since 1/08. Also servant to two felines. Done having babies for medical reasons.