This summer (in the few full weeks we've been home) we've been slowly introducing a new rhythm into our days and weeks. While our home with 3 young children is never quite a peaceful place, this basic structure is helping create a time for calm, a time for crazy, and a time for everything in between. Reserving time for unstructured activities gives the children a chance to immerse themselves in their play, knowing that there is nothing else they should be doing, while spending time doing activities together gives us time to connect, and gives them skills to use in everyday life. It also means that I reserve time to do things with the kids, and time to do things alongside or nearby the kids. When we've done an activity together and connected, I find that the children are often content to continue independent play while I weed, or knit, or sew (and on some days they jump in and help Mama).
In many ways our weekly rhythm can be considered Waldorf-inspired, but we came to this rhythm simply because these activities are the ones we do every week: we bake, we paint, we craft, we read, etc. Assigning these activities to specific days of the week gives our week structure. Each Monday I introduce a new story to the twins and throughout the week our activities are loosely based on this story. Of course there is flexibility to our lives and there are weeks when something doesn't happen, and if we want to bake on a painting day, well we go ahead and paint. My goal with this rhythm is expose the children to structure, wonder, and beauty, and maybe just stretch my own creativity a wee bit further. So far this structure has been incredibly beneficial in our home.
This is what our weekly rhythm looks like:
Monday: New story and related activity
Friday: Painting and Nature Walk
Saturday: Activity with Dad
Sunday: Family Time
Since this rhythm is such an intrinsic part of our weeks, I'm going to try to share a weekly post of our activities here. As I share these thoughts, I would love to hear the rhythms you have in your homes.
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