On Mondays I am going to have tips on what has worked for me with my many kids. I have received emails about my daily schedule and so I am going to go in order every Monday. Please comment with anything that you do or don't do or if this has helped you so we all can benefit from everyone's experiences.
7-8 Breakfast, practicing letters and morning review of the day.
8-9 Morning Task Sheet, get ready basically tidy up and morning chores.
9-10 Free Play w/Mom - No chore time slot...you will be amazed how much your kids will love this!
10-11 Quiet Activities
11-11:30 Clean Up
12:30-3:00 Nap/Rest Time
3:30-4:00 Read Books
4:00-5:00 Shake Sillies Out
5:00-5:30 Wash Up and Set the Table, quick pick up
I usually have my kids wash their hands, help set up the table and do a quick sweep of the house before Daddy comes home. For quick pick up time I usually set the timer for a random number like 9 minutes and then they have until then to pick up the house, whether its in the bathrooms or the stairs or the toy room they have 9 minutes or whatever the time we decide to clean up. This helps me with finishing touches on dinner so I am not stressed out. Sometimes my husband will walk in and join them in the cleaning fun.
Dinner - I usually plan my menu a month in advance. I only go grocery shopping 2x a month. When I plan dinners I usually plan the fresh produce stuff on the week that I just shopped and the frozen canned stuff on the week I didn't go out. Ex. Week 1 and 3 - is a shopping week so we eat salads or fresh fruits with dinner. On Week 2 and 4 we have frozen corn for dinner and stuff like yogurt for snacks or sides.
I use a lot of websites for inspiration and here are a few...