There has been so many changes going on (I know, I know.. Take the repeat off Katlyn) and one of my favorites is that I am babysitting full time! I knew that I loved being a stay at home mom but before I took the plunge and said yes to watching the children I am now, I wasn't quite sure how I would react to caring for multiple children that weren't all my own. I was a little intimidated.. You know I didn't want the three year old's to gang up on me, decide to sit on me, and tear the house apart. To my dismay the total opposite happened! It has sparked something in me that I knew I had all along, but I guess this time the spark turned into a burning passion.
Now that this "job" is a full time thing for me, meaning Monday through Friday, my creativity and brain power is in overdrive thinking up all the different things that I can do with these little munchkins and ways I can spread knowledge into them. It's truly amazing! And thanks to Pinterest my list of things to do has become endless and very exciting to start!
As of right now I have a pretty good set up with the house. I mean of course not everything is perfect in my mind yet, but the kids have a little toy area, endless amounts of Playdoh toys, and fun ways to learn new things. It's going pretty smooth. Here is a little sneak peak of what a couple areas look like...
One thing that we haven't gotten down yet (since I wasn't watching them full time at first) is a true routine to our days. It really kind of bothered me this past week too, because I feel routine is an important attribute to a toddler's life. It gives them things to look forward to and also shows them that they need to be patient. Everything just runs much smoother when you have a routine in my book.
8:00 am - Wash hands, breakfast.
8:30 am - Clean up, brush teeth, wash face and hands.
9:00 am - Calendar/ Weather.
9:30 am - Music and Movement (aka circle time).
10:00 am - Wash hands, snack (fruit or dairy).
10:30 am - Outdoor play/ Energy games.
11:00 am - Wash hands, set table, lunch.
11:30 am - Clean up, brush teeth, wash face and hands.
11:45 am - Story time.
12:00 pm - Nap/ Quiet time.
2:00 pm - Creative Learning (Crafts).
2:30 pm - Table Time (Playdoh, etc.)
3:00 pm - Wash hands, Snack.
3:30 pm - Quiet time/ Free Play.
4:00 pm - Outdoor play/ Energy games.
5:30 pm - Wash hands, Dinner.
5:50 pm - Clean up, wash hands and face / Outdoor play or TV time.
Now I know this looks like a lot but I have major plans for learning with these kiddos, and when you're dealing with toddlers the attention span does not last long between each activity. I'm sure there will be some tweaking done to this little schedule but I am feeling more secure now that I have at least started one for the kids to learn and help me mold.
There is so, so much more that I have to share with you guys, but I don't want to chat your ears (or eyes?) off. I hope you will come back in the coming weeks for updates on my new career! I will be covering..
Meal Planning (Toddler Style)
Behavior Reward System / Take Away System
Time Out Tactics
Clocks / Calendar / Weather
Holiday Craft and Activity Binders
My Babysitting Portfolio
Toddler Games (Energy and Quiet)
What I'm Teaching
Books We Love.
Daily Logs for Parents.
Have any tactics, advice, or stories to tell? Leave them in the comments below! I'd love to hear your feedback! For now ta-ta! And enjoy your week!