Hi friends! Snow day here…more like ice day really. The roads in Leavenworth are pretty icy after last night’s winter storm, so the boys are home this morning and I feel like it should be much later than 11:00—we have had one busy morning! For other stay-at-home or work-from-home parents, these ice days make for some energy-filled kids! My boys are in full superhero gear this week, jumping and running around this entire house, chasing the dog, and squealing and laughing at a pitch Mariah Carey would envy. My ears hurt y’all!
Being home most of the time with my boys can be simultaneously wonderful and exhausting. I love to teach and am constantly searching for new ideas for arts/crafts, toddler/preschool learning, and creating environments where they can thrive. I really like Montessori and have mainly taken her approach with the boys, but I’m also flexible and integrate other learning approaches at times. We play A LOT. We are outdoors A LOT and this icy winter has thrown me off in my planning of winter-themed learning activities.
This morning was unplanned, but I wanted the boys to do more than chase our poor fur baby around, so I put together a quick activity table. Most importantly, I sat with them and interacted, talked, and encouraged critical thinking. Then I let them be and the table kept them engaged for a solid hour (YES!).
Here’s what we did:
My boys are free-playing while I type, but soon I will hear “Mommy! Mommy!” and I will be throwing my cape on and joining their adventure. Freezing them is my special superhero power 😊 Later, some exercise, warm tea, and quite time will be just what this momma needs to keep up with the long evening ahead of us while dad’s at school.
What are your snow-day go-to’s? What super-hero parent power do you have? 😊 How do you fill your cup at the end of your day?
From my cuppa to yours, cheers!