There is an existing post about Micah’s routine (HERE), written when he was about 7 months.
So much has changed since then so I thought it would be a good idea to give our readers an update.
However, what has not changed is that Micah is still on a 7pm – 7am routine, although sometimes he wakes up before then (between 6.30am and 7am). He still sleeps for a minimum of 11 hours every night. We’ve stopped his morning nap – he is much older now and doesn’t need it.
Micah still doesn’t go to nursery or daycare but he is very active and very well rounded, and this is very important to us. He has a weekly learning schedule for his activities and home learning to ensure that he socialises with other kids, is physically active and developing personally, physically and spiritually.
I am sharing his weekly learning schedule and his daily routine for mamas who are considering starting a routine for their babies and toddlers.
Micah’s Learning Schedule:
I love his French and bilingual playgroup. The owner/director is fantastic and it’s a real joy to see her interact with the children. The bilingual children’s club is based on an educational programme designed specifically for infants and toddlers and based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on movement, story telling, early numeracy and literacy, fine motor, social and emotional development, problem solving, creative arts, etc
Micah also has music classes specifically for ages 2-3, where teaching is playful and creative. It is based on solid knowledge about sound and psychomotor development of the child. Each year, he works through the different musical workshops and builds his instrumental technique by playing with different instruments
Arts and Crafts class supports the development of his fine motor skills through the manipulation of tools, while also stimulating creativity and imagination. It also promotes autonomy and at the same time encourages Micah to work in a team.
I love his gymnastics for toddlers class, especially as he is too young to start tennis class in Geneva. It helps keep him active, promotes strength and builds a range of motor and coordination skills. It also assists in developing a good sense of body awareness.
Baby gym, which is similar to Gymboree is great for his physical, personal, social and emotional development. He started swimming at 5 weeks and he has been going to baby and now toddler swimming classes since then.
The activities in blue are done at home. Every day, Micah does something for recreation (inside or outside the house depending on the weather). When we learn at home, he loves to learn in his playroom, a fun space, where we promote his learning through play. We usually learn for about 30 minutes. I let Micah dictate both the structure and pace of his learning. After learning time, he has his afternoon snack and is free to play indoors or outdoors with his friends till dinner time.
For mathematics and numeracy, we use Montessori materials such as the spindle box, numerals and counters, sandpaper numerals and even stones (outdoors) to learn about numbers, counting and the sequence of digits
On Tuesday afternoons, he has language and literacy at home. This includes, but is not limited to,
• reading together including wordless picture books to promote more discussion, encourage the introduction of new vocabulary, help develop storytelling skills and practice writing.
• Story time, singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes.
• Letter sensory activities, phonics, prewriting skills and so much more.
He loves reading, so we do this every day. These interactions start building your child’s langauage skills long before he can talk or understand what is being said.
Personal development for us includes Bible study and Bible stories, character lessons, learning about relationships with other people and encouraging everyday skills and independence.
Nature study – makes it sound more serious than it is lol. It is basically nature walks and talking to Micah about animals, plants etc and allowing him to explore the world around him
Micah is very interested in food, so every grocery run is an opportunity to talk to him about nutrition, fruits and vegetables etc. I enjoy cooking with him when he is home and so does he: social interaction and imitative learning play an important role in brain and behavioural development. In addition, it enhances his interest in food and helps him follow simple instructions – for example, “Please give mama an onion from the fruit basket”.
We also enjoy cooking simple meals together like making sandwiches, pancakes and counting the potato cubes for his potato pottage. It may sound silly, but little things make your child feel valued and loved.
A typical day for Micah:
So that’s it really! We are sticking to this routine and learning schedule for now. When he starts school we will change his learning schedule but still continue his 7am – 7pm routine because it works great for all of us.
Have a blessed day my loves…x