Thursday, 30 March 2017

Baobao's Activity Time: Our Daily and Weekly Rhythm at 2 years and 1 month

Recently, I've been thinking quite carefully about our daily rhythm. Baobao functions much better when we are following a routine and with our recent pregnancy and the arrival of Baobao, routine went out of the window.

While reading around and looking for a way to establish a flexible routine, I found this wonderful post from Waldorf Today which explains the Waldorf concept of rhythm quite clearly. In the Waldorf tradition, the children's day alternates between 'breathing in' and 'breathing out' periods. Breathing in periods are the periods of concentration when a child can relate to himself. This includes activity times such as when they are drawing or painting, or when they are eating. Breathing out periods are when children relate to their surrounding world. These are your free play times. Each breathing in period requires a breathing out period, so you end up with a daily rhythm. 

I've taken inspiration from the Waldorf tradition to create our daily rhythm.

Our Daily Rhythm

  • Wake up and Good Morning
  • Breakfast
  • Get dressed
  • Preparations for the day/play time
  • Park/local toddler groups
  • Snack time
  • Errands/Housework
  • Lunch
  • Nap time
  • Snack
  • Daily activity/Play time
  • Housework/Play time
  • Dinner
  • Family time with Baba
  • Bath time
  • Story time
  • Good Night and sleep

Our Weekly Rhythm

  • Monday: park/nature explorers - baking - clean kitchen
  • Tuesday: park - modelling - clean bathroom
  • Wednesday: Tot's club/nature explorers - painting - clean living room
  • Thursday: Jelly Tots/Creative Kids - music & movement - clean toddler bedroom
  • Friday: Toddler Sense - drawing - clean grown up bedroom
  • Saturday: Shopping - family time/language immersion - clean hall
  • Sunday: Excursion - family time - monthly cleaning task
At this point. Xiaobao spends her day in the sling or on her activity mat. She observes our daily life while being close to me. She naps as and when she wants to. As she becomes more active, I will have to review our daily rhythm. Until then, we will continue to settle into our life as four.

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