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
6:15ish - 8pm Daddy Check List
I am fortunate enough to have a husband who helps. He used to travel a lot and I would never have a break in my day. Once he switched jobs and stopped traveling and was home at a reliable time we both decided that he would take the after dinner shift.
He told me it would be easier for him if I had a checklist for him to follow so he wouldn't have to ask me every 5 minutes what is next. So I made a check list and the kids help him get everything done. He usually takes this time to play cars or tea party with the kids during this time too.
We both feel like it is important for the children to get Daddy play time and for him to help in the routine stuff too. The kids love this time too and it usually involves a lot of laughter.
During this time I usually finish up my stuff - dishes, laundry and all that jazz uninterrupted so when the kids are finally down for the night we get 8-10 to just be together (me and hubster)
If you want a copy of the checklist please email me or leave a comment with your email address and I will sent it PRONTO! well - as close to pronto as possible! :)