I probably should have found a less cheerful picture for this post, but I took this one when Anna was busy playing “shopping”. As I mentioned in my Friday School Corner post, Anna was very unwilling to do anything this week that she perceived as “work”. I did some “debugging” of our routine and realized that some things need to be changed to make our afternoons together less of a battle of wills.
- Anna still has 2 hour nap time between 2 and 4. Unfortunately, sometimes she falls asleep only shortly before 4 and then I wake her up at 5 pm. On these days she is very grumpy and sort of disoriented. I asked my husband to just let her play in her room if she is not asleep by 3:30 pm. Strangely, she is in a much better mood then, and we also have more time to ourselves in the evening, because of earlier bedtime on these days.
- I had the right idea in my “ideal schedule” to start the afternoon with time outside or free play, but we are not executing on it, especially on late nap days. I am too anxious to get “something useful” done. I got a good advice in the comments yesterday - “go with the flow”, and I need to learn to do that. At the same time, I should get better at keeping some short activities at hand – connect-the-dots printables, craft kits, etc. for those periods for when she does want to sit down and do something with her hands.
- I need to change the pace on Progressive Phonics. I had it 3 days a week in my schedule. Why on Earth do I keep trying for it every day? Nothing kills interest as fast as pushing too hard. This silly s-blends book with so many sounds needs a month to go through, and I should plan accordingly.
- I don’t need to participate in every linky I like. I enjoy reading about what others do for Open-Ended Art, but sometimes Anna is simply not up for open-ended projects, especially when they involve materials that she has never experienced before. So… I will not stress any longer about whether we do an Open-Ended Art or not at any given week and maybe it will happen more naturally for us.
So I am curious – what is NOT working in your “mommy school”? What does? How do you convince your child to do “work”? I am interested in your insights.