After months of being off track and having no routine we have finally settled into a routine that works great for our family of 5 including 3 kids with very different needs. My oldest, Alex, is 6 and attends school all day. My middle son, Matisse, is 3 and attends half days. Both Alex and Matisse attend a Montessori school and they are in the same class this year. My youngest, Theo, is 11 months old and stays home with me. With 3 kids our routine often gets a bit (or a lot) off track, but here is our ideal routine on school days, it is what we strive for:
Morning wake-up and getting ready for school 6:30-7:30 am
Everyone wakes up around 6:30 am sometimes even before the alarm but we often have to wake up Alex who is not a morning person. The first ting we do is eat breakfast, then everyone brushes their teeth and gets dressed. My husband leaves home for school with Alex and Matisse at 7:30am and drops them off at 8:00 am. He has always done the drop off (even when I worked) and I a thankful for that!
Theo's playtime 7:30-9:00 am
Theo generally gets hungry for milk as soon as the big boys are out of the house so we nurse for a few minutes. This is the time I play and interact with Theo the most, we do some of the work on his shelf then usually we head outside for some free time and exploration of the backyard. Sometimes we take a job outside too. At this time he is very much into gross motor so he loves going up and down the stairs and walking with the help of his tricycle. He does not need my help so I enjoy observing him, reading a book and drinking my morning cup of tea. Theo's naptime 9:00-10:30 am
Theo still takes 2 naps a day so this is the time for me to do some cleaning, work and prepare new activities. Wake up and Matisse school pick up 10:30-11:45 am
We like to cuddle for a little bit when he wakes up and read a couple books. Then he has an early lunch and he feeds himself some solids. Then we leave home to pick up Matisse at school. Afternoon outing with Matisse and Theo 11:45-1:30 pm