Wednesday, September 28, 2011

waldorf inspired rhythm for a 3 and 1 year old

I often get questions about our daily rhythm so I thought I'd share our recently tweaked Spring/Summer rhythm with you- this officially begins when school holidays finish in a couple weeks, but right now we adhere to something very similar.

A strong rhythm is so essential for toddlers. When I have a calm, steady, grounded and somewhat predictable rhythm established everything runs more smoothly. I am happier because I know what I need to get done each day and don't set myself up for failure trying to accomplish too much. As a result the children are happier- happy mum, happy kids! 


CREATING
GARDENING
IRONING
BAKING
WASHING






Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday





730
breakfast





8
clean-up, get dressed, hang laundry outside





830
morning song and oral story





9
park with friends
morning tea
then home
mandarin
playgroup
bushwalk
morning tea
walk- life cycles





1030
morning tea
then home





11
painting, drawing, gluing, cutting
cleaning the surfaces and bathroom





1215
pack away
home
home
home
pack away





1230
lunch





115
sleep





3
counting, adding, subtracting
gardening
alphabet and ironing
baking
cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming





430
quiet play, dinner prep. sparkle story, bring laundry inside





515
dinner





545
bath and brush teeth, cut nails, brush hair





615
pack away toys, 
storybook- 2 each





645
bed and blessing

















The 'chores' are mostly done by me, but North helps when he wants to and he knows the days based on the theme associated with them. Sometimes we meet friends in the morning and our rhythm is thrown a little, but I am trying to keep social outings down to once a week and preferable outdoors. Children really need consistency and from birth to 4 they need to stay home more than we think and expect them to. 

Our oral story changes about once every two weeks and is connected to the changing seasons. I use knit toys, cloth scarves, rocks, sticks etc. as props. Children are so forgiving when it comes to these things. They can honestly see an entire forest in one branch if you give them half the chance.

A few other areas on the chart that might interest you:

'Counting, Adding, Subtracting'- most of this is finger play, rhymes, songs, stringing beads or pasta etc.

'Sparkle Stories'- can be found here. North listens to these amazing oral stories a few times a week- basically our tv-free way of freeing up some time for Mama while she gets dinner on.

'Mandarin'- We go to Mandarin language classes at the local community centre. I intend on keeping the children in Mandarin permanently and believe that to build a strong foundation for a foreign language you must start very young.

'Alphabet'- This is controversial from a Waldorf point of view as they don't teach reading/writing/letters until the first grade, but we use the Montessori sandpaper letters and do one or two letters a week. We're really just learning to recognise the letters and to say the sounds associated with each one. 

'Life Cycles'- Again this isn't very Waldorf, because I might use more words than I should for North's age, but this is very simple and comes naturally with what we've been doing/seeing/exploring that week. We might make butterfly paintings and then talk about caterpillars and how they build cocoons. Perhaps that evening we'd read The Hungry Caterpillar. Keeping it very simple. 


North starts preschool twice a week in the new year and so, as with all rhythms, this will change. Although Indigo doesn't appear to be a part of this rhythm she is very much involved in it. She is beginning to listen to the stories, she has started to draw with crayons and knead saltdough (it only goes in her mouth 30% of the time!), and the rest of the time she follows me around, shadows North or plays with her toys. 

5 comments:

nocton4 said...

thanks for sharing, always interesting to see how others plan their days, inspiration xx

Rhiannon said...

Meagan I love this! I have been trying to keep a better rhythm in our house and this has great ideas for us, Thanks xx

sascedar said...

wow, i found you thanks to georgi, and so glad i did. i'm at the beginning of a more conscius life, and i know i'll be popping in here for lots of tips!

Catherine Lowe said...

thanks for sharing this megan, totally helpful to see how others plan their days. :)

Domestic Artisan said...

Thank so much for sharing. We have a rhythm but I am finding I need a rhythm for myself even more than bub as I am disappointed when I don't get to complete something.

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