Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Have I mentioned that I worry?

I’m trying to line up my winter plan as the cold weather is just over the horizon of the beautifully breathtaking climate we are currently experiencing. Yesterday Noah ran free at the zoo for nearly three hours and then ran around the park for over an hour after dinner – and as we were walking back to the house I realized that in the dead of winter he’ll be lucky to have that much outdoor physical activity time in an entire week. Sure I plan to bundle him up and run him around frequently but in the cold I might only get a half hour of running around in before I need to return to the warmth of the indoors.

So the plan was just to get some core activities nailed down. The weekly playgroup on Monday mornings is a great place to start. Activities, socialization and getting us both out of the house on a regular basis - we need more of that stuff. So today we went to an open house session at Little People Music. Unfortunately the woman I spoke to forgot to tell me that the 11 am session was geared towards babies – but Noah had a good time anyway. The instructor was great and he assured me that the toddler classes are far more active. Good stuff. I’m signing Noah up for a ten week session of music classes that start next week. That takes care of a midweek activity. I’m not sure if the informal neighborhood playgroup we were going to on Fridays is going to continue in the inclement weather as the woman who hosted it did so in her garden space – but I hope so. But now that I have a couple of concrete things to do with the boy I feel a hell of a lot better.

I’ve also been thinking that maybe I should build more structure into our time at home. Like maybe I should have activity blocks for art, reading, free play, etc. Does that seem nuts? I think it might benefit me in the way that then I’d have some guidance for what to do with him at any given moment. Anyone do this? Anyone have toddler activity books they can recommend? Or am I being insane?


juliloquy said...

Yup, the colder weather will bring some challenges. In case it helps, this is Shmoo's schedule at daycare. It seems to work well for him & the others:

Drop off to 9ish: Free play in the "jungle room" (that's what they call the common play area)
9:00: Wash up and diapering
9:30: Group time fun: songs, fingerplays, rhymes
9:45: Small Group Activity Centers: art, sensory science, manipulatives
10:15: Clean-up time song!
10:15-10:45 Gross motor, play games in the Jungle Room
10:45-11:25 Stroll outside or music and dancing
11:30 Wash up, diapering, ready for lunch
11:40-12:30 Lunch, followed by diapering, clean up, classical music and story
12:45-3:00 rest time
3:00-3:30 afternoon snack, more diapering
3:30-4:15 special group activities and centers (ethnic dance, instruments or puppet show, sensory pouring of rice or beans)
4:15-4:45 Jungle Room and/or stroll
4:45: Back to class - storytime and play time
5:30 classroom clean up
5:30-5:50 quiet music, table activity, play doh

patrice said...

I'm going to tell you what you often tell me. wait to worry until there's a problem. though you do well on a schedule so I guess there's no harm in trying to make one. just don't worry too much about it yet. and as you remember from last year, there are places noah can run indoors - malls, ikea, museums.