Several months ago, Matt and I were brainstorming what to do with Henry for the summer. We still have a nanny for Tate (which is awesome because I work from home right now while the site is being prepared for the school). I really wanted some kind of nature-based camp, but a) it's hard to find something for three year-olds and b) I had a such a negative experience with his first daycare experience, that I'm cautious about where he spends his days. It's so hard to know how a childcare facility will handle conflict between children. First and foremost, I want my children to feel safe. I don't want a childcare facility to reinforce the idea that my child should "stick up" for himself.
At his last conference with his Montessori teacher, I asked her what she thought was the best way for a three year-old to spend the summer. Her first recommendation was that we stay home with him. When I told her that wasn't an option, she recommended that he stay home with the nanny.
The truth is, I think Henry is going to love being at home this summer. It's been harder and harder for him to want to go to school in the morning because he has to leave behind me, Tate, the nanny, and my co-workers every day. I like the idea of giving him a long, leisurely summer (like Simple Parenting).
With that said, I think it would be really helpful for him to have some structure to his day. Perhaps something like this:
- 7:00ish = Wake up and snuggle with us in bed; get dressed; make breakfast
- 7:45ish = Clear his breakfast dishes and wash the dishes (move the learning tower over to the sink and put on our water-work apron)
- Until 9:30am (when Tate goes down for his first nap) = Play with Danielle and Tate
- Continue independent play until 11am (with the option to fix himself a snack during his play/work time)
- 11:00ish = Begin lunch preparation
- 11:30ish = Eat lunch w/Tate and then clear and clean dishes
- 12:15ish = Walk to the park
- 2:30pm = Tate's second nap; Henry and Danielle read books and then Henry plays in his room by himself quietly
- 3:15pm = Make a snack
- 3:30pm = Play with Danielle or go on an adventure with me (to the YMCA pool, library, play date, etc.)
- 5pm = Help with dinner
- Evening walk
- 7:00pm = Books and bedtime by 7:15
I still need to figure out what he can make for his lunches and some new activities to put on his shelves, but I think the general schedule looks good!