When I decided I wanted to stay home with my boys one of my big reasons was that Ben was outgrowing staying home everyday with our nanny. She was more than perfect and still remains a close friend, but he needed to be socialized. Adam at the time had just been born and would, of course, benefit from being close to his mom. So I have created a class schedule for the week that introduces the boys to several subjects and experiences.
Sunday: Ben has swimming class.
Monday: Both boys go to Open Gym at Gymboree.
Tuesday: Both boys go to music class at Gymboree
Wednesday: Play date/play group day.
Thursday: Both boys go to Toddler Time at our local science museum.
Friday: Both boys go to storytime at our local library.
Saturday: Ben attends the Sabbath program at our synagogue.
Once a month the boys have our My Petite Picassos play group on a Wednesday at our home. They also attend Lego club at our library. Depending on the weather we hike pretty often with a babywearing group and we attend Attachment Parenting International play groups and meetings. We also are working on completing the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at our local library. Language skills are really important in our home because the boys are learning two languages:English and Hebrew. Ben is fluent in both.
The boys get a lot of socialization and exposure to a variety of interests. I’m able to help them navigate these early experiences which is such a blessing.