At Wonder our day is scheduled simply. And we want you to know how we do it, so that you can do something similar at home, that helps both you and your children. Here's what the day looks like:
8:30 - The children arrive early and play
9:00 - Work Cycle begins We will invite them to new lessons when we think it's an opportune time, and we'll redirect them to works they've already had lessons on if we see they need some help finding something, but from that point on, they work on the basis of independence and freedom of movement. At some point here, the children will self-serve their snack and wash their plate.
11:30 - Have a gathering and then get ready for lunch
12:00 to 12:30 - Eating lunch and chatting with their lunch partner
12:30 to 1:00 - Cleaning up independently, then playing outside
1:00 to 3:00 - 2nd Work Cycle begins
How Can We Schedule that at Home? We can keep it just as simple! As you carry on with your morning routine as normal...
8:30 - Remember to let your children feel free to start the day off with playing. There is no rush to get straight to work. They can relax, run around, play with toys, help their siblings get ready, or help you out with some morning chores.
9:00 - Work Cycle begins (but that doesn't mean work has to) Don't feel the need to introduce a lesson right at 9. And don't put the pressure on yourself to get your child to be working right away. In the classroom, some children find an activity immediately, others observe, others grab a bite to eat, others look at a book, and some will unload the dishwasher while another folds laundry. With the materials and work areas accessible as we discussed in this post here, the children can come and go to what they need independently and go about doing other things, so that you don't have to micromanage their day or stop doing what you need to do.
11:30 to 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 to 1:00 - Play
1:00 to 3:00 - 2nd Work Cycle begins Just as before, this is a time wherein the children can find their own things to do, whether that be looking at books, cutting paper, practicing their writing, making a painting, solving math problems, building a tower, or observing what's going on around the house.
The keys to take-away here are this:
1. Don't put pressure on yourself to always be doing something for your children, we want to foster freedom and independence in the children and let them choose things independently as they are ready.
2. Your child is still working even when they don't seem to be directly working; they are making observations, adjusting to what's going on that day, trying to figure out what to do next, and so on. Allowing this process to play out naturally and choosing to step back will serve both of you for the better!