Rhythmic Summer Schedule for Kids

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Our family has experienced the rhythms of a waldorf preschool this past school year and we love how calm and relaxed the kids are when they know what to expect each day. Monday is rice day, Tuesday is soup day, Wednesday is bun day… It gives them confidence to know what to expect each day and they can feel the rhythm of the week through the repetition. For young children, repetition and ritual is so needed and very age appropriate.

I wanted to bring this rhythm into our summer family schedule for our children. It will also help me to fit in all the wonderful bonding and learning opportunities that I dream of experiencing with them this summer. This kind of schedule may also work nicely for a homeschooling or unschooling family with young children.

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On our List

I wanted to ensure our mornings started out predictably. After the morning activity, if our day deviates from the schedule we will be flexible. This gives us an activity to connect, check in, and focus our energy together before the day starts rolling. During the week, our waldorf-inspired morning routine will be:

  • Monday: Painting / Art
  • Tuesday: Baking
  • Wednesday: Yoga together
  • Thursday: Lego building together
  • Friday: Read together

Other things we have on our week plan are:

  • Science experiments
  • Music together (just jamming together or piano introduction)
  • Kids help chop veggies for our weekly dinner soup.
    • This helps them learn to participate in the family jobs, as well as learn to use kitchen tools.
  • Sensory Play
  • Game night
  • Movie night

The ideas I have for outings for us on the Big Island are:

  • Playdates
  • Playground
  • Ocean/Beach day
  • Swim Lessons
  • Community Pool
  • Rainy day indoor museums, etc.

This is just a guide, not a rule. There are legos out all the time, and art supplies too. We sing songs and read together every day, but having little pockets of time devoted to these things is when the repetition of activity creates ritual and confidence in a child. When we drop everything else and together create, build, learn a new song, set up the art easel; we create space for children to experience their next moment of discovery.

We sing songs and read together every day, but having little pockets of time devoted to these things is when the repetition of activity creates ritual and confidence in a child. When we drop everything else and together create, build, learn a new song, set up the art easel; we create space for the child to experience their next moment of discovery.

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Sensory Ideas:

These sensory games are wonderful ways to create closeness with your child, help them regulate, and often will bring laughter into their day. We love doing these activities when our kids need help regulating their emotions or are having a difficult time transitioning.

  •  “The Burrito”
    • Pretend the child is inside a burrito that you are making. First lay down a blanket and lay them at one end. Ask them to help you decide what goes into the burrito and put the items on their body. For example, rice will be your finger tips sprinkling all over their body, tomato slices will be the flat of your hand pressing down all over their body. Slices of avocado will be the edge of your hand pressing on their body. Put in all the ingredients, then roll up the burrito.
  • “Cookie Dough”
    • Similar to “The Burrito”, the “Cookie Dough” game is making cookies on your child, who is the cookie sheet. Mush your cookie dough on the tray (your child), add your chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, etc. Then roll out the dough and smooth it out. We like to end this game by picking up the child as the tray and moving him to the couch to bake. We set the timer, let him wait 2-3 minutes, then come back and eat all the cookies off the tray.
  • Mountain
    • This one is wonderful as part of a bedtime routine. Tell the story 3 times. The child sits on the edge of the bed or chair.
      • One day, on top of mountain, a storm came and dumped all it’s snow on top of mountain’s head. (Place hands heavily on child’s head.) There it sat, cold and wet, until one day, the sun came and warmed the snow and it began to melt. Down it flowed, down mountain’s head, (your hands slide down the side of your child’s head to the shoulders) the water flowed over his shoulders and arms, until it stopped at the hips (press firmly on the top sides of their hip bones). Then it kept on flowing, over the rocks and the pebbles in the valley (dance your fingers over the tops of their upper legs), and the fish in the water grew strong and big (move your hands over their lower legs), then out it went to the sea (hands go over the tops of the feet).
  • Push/Pull
    • Children find great challenge in pushing or pulling objects that are heavier than themselves. Trimmed wood logs in the yard are a common waldorf playground equipment. Drilling a hole through the middle of the log allows for a rop to pass through and the child can pull it along like a horse and buggy.
    • A very simple activity is get down on the floor on all fours and ask your child to push you on your shoulders.
  • Paint Brush
    • Pretend the child is a blank canvas and you are painting a masterpiece with a soft brush. Describe your painting and the colors. Perhaps you are painting the beautiful features of their face.
  • Water beads
    • One of our favorite hands-on sensory tool is water beads.

Science Experiments

We love these two books and will be using them for science experiment inspiration:

 

 

 

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Our favorite kids yoga video series is Cosmic Kids Yoga, free on youtube. They are well made and take the child through a story that incorporates yoga into the narrative. My boys stay engaged and willingly participate 1-2 times a week. They do best on the playlists tailored to their age range. For older children, they just started a new meditation series that is worth checking out.

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Music Together

To enjoy music with my kids, I play the uke, piano, and sing. They have lots of real percussion instruments to play along, and often play the piano and uke for fun. To get inspired on how to enjoy music with your young child, visit my page discussing this topic.

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Baking Ideas

 

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