I was asked by a reader to share what our daily activities are. I’m afraid I’m not very organised, so we do not have a specific daily program per se, but these are the range of activities that we cover on a regular basis (we do not do all of them on any given day). Our schedule is free and easy pending time restrictions, other activities and events, errands I need to run, and the boys’ moods.
Typical activities for Gavin:
Monday to Friday he attends preschool in the morning until lunch (currently, he is on a two month break before he starts school again). For extra-curricular, he attends right brain classes once a week. After school and on weekends we do any number of the following activities:
- Fun Thinkers
- Logico Piccolo
- Right Brain games – flash cards, linking memory, space memory, mandala, iPad brain games.
- Grolier Smart Brain Training
- Little Reader Mandarin curriculum
- Little Math – I have started him back on this despite the general belief that children over three are unable to perceive dots)
- Mathsecret Soroban
- Kumon Activity books
- Brain Quest
- World Almanac Workbook
- Play Dough
- Water Play
Now that Gavin is home, he also watches TweedleWink with Gareth. I also plan to start him on the Music Wizard Academy program.
Typical Activities for Gareth:
Gareth has right brain class once a week. Aside from that, we do any of the following on a regular basis:
- Logico Primo
- BrillKids Little Reader (English and Mandarin)
- BrillKids Little Math
- iPad Games
- Montessori activities
- Lego (Duplo)
- Water Play
- TweedleWink Music program
- Music learning – They Might Be Giants, Signing Time, etc.
I recently tried play dough with Gareth but he ended up eating it and mashing the rest of it into the floor. I also tried painting with him and it ended up becoming a body-painting exercise and a crime-scene clean up exercise for me. Suffice to say I won’t be doing either with him for a little while.
Both boys also watch TV – lately more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse than anything else because that’s what Gareth has been demanding. Gavin, has been very accommodating, allowing his brother to re-run Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to death, although I think he’s just happy to watch TV. Personally, I’d like to see them watch a little less TV and we’re currently working on ways to do that. I was pleased this morning, however, when Gavin wanted to watch Animal Planet and was eager to understand more about what was happening.
To add more variety to Gavin’s day, particularly during his two month break, I’ve been looking at letting him do:
- cooking class
- rock climbing
- School of Hard Knocks – which we never got around to attending ever since our first visit to the Selangor Pewter Factory
- art class – if I can find something suitable. Any recommendations?
Of course, there will be the usual local haunts – the Science Center, the Museum, the Bird Park (especially with Gareth’s Angry Bird fever)…