Montessori Family - Texas
Concentration in unexpected places

A typical day. When and what we do.

Otis preparing breakfast April 2013 at 24 months

Morning.

Caspar and Otis both wake (usually one wakes the other) and move into the kitchen to get breakfast ready. This is usually where I find them in the morning. After breakfast it's time to get dressed and take Caspar to school.
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Once we've dropped Caspar at school Otis and I will go shopping (think fruit and vegetables, butcher etc), meet up with friends or go home. Once a week Otis and I attend a Montessori Parent-Toddler class at the school. 
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At home Otis is free to do as he likes but he usually stays close to me. I go straight into clean up mode. I attend to the dishwasher, laundry, tidying and Otis will often help. This is usually a period of PRACTICAL LIFE. Sometimes Otis will play along side me, I might be in the kitchen and he will get out his play dough at a table near me. If I'm hanging out the washing he might play in the sand pit outside. If I'm sweeping he will sweep too. During this time we will also prepare and eat snack together. Otis and I will also prepare and eat lunch together. 
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Afternoon
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Otis is almost at the point of giving up his afternoon nap completely. If he takes a nap it's usually after lunch. If he doesn't nap we still have some quiet time - we will read or lie down together. On the days that Otis takes a daytime nap I often nap with him, I might get a drink and read a magazine, read emails or tidy the house. 
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After quiet time we usually move into one of our living areas and I will sit and read a book or play with Otis. This is the time Otis is most likely to do a PUZZLE or USE HIS MATERIALS. Sometimes I am reading Montessori other times not (often I'm browsing recipe books). I also take this time to think, daydream and plan. Occasionally if Otis is really absorbed in his activities I might prepare some materials.
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We pick Caspar up from school and we visit friends, go on an outing (zoo, museum, library etc) or go home. If we need to run errands (post office etc) we often do this on our way home from school. At home the children are free to do as they like. Usually they snack, play inside or outside. During this time I might tidy or start preparing dinner. After half an hour to an hour we might go on a nature walk. Once home from our walk it's time to finish preparing and eat dinner. After dinner the children play then it's bath, story-time and bed. 
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Once the children are asleep I will again tidy, do some laundry, read, make or rotate materials, email frirends and catch up with you here on the blog. 
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Notes
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If I am going to invite Otis to a demonstration of a new art or practical life activity I will usually do this is the morning. If am going to invite Otis to a demonstration of a new material not art or practical life, I will usually do this in the afternoon, after lunch.
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Otis concentrates much better when Caspar is at school. Once Caspar is home Otis will play but it's usually outdoor play or playing with blocks together. 
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Sometimes Caspar has speech pathology after school. Caspar plays sport on the weekends. We will also attend the markets, shop and go on outings on the weekends. 
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I try extremely hard not to live a busy life. I try especially for Otis to spend as much time as possible at home. We don't live near school so the drive is lengthy for Otis. I also try extremely hard to stay organised but there are times, weeks when we spend too much time outside the house, the housework builds up and things get overwhelming. I find the more time we spend at home the more organised we are. 
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The main thing missing from my days is time to exercise. I'm still working on that. 
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I hope this answers all of your questions. I apologise this post was so long coming. 
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P.S. You can now find us on Instagram. OK, there is only one entry, but it's a start!
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