A day in the life of DD3

DD3 wakes around 7:30am and is one of the first up!

8am - After washing and dressing she has her brekkie whilst I prepare her first activity of the day. I posted some of her preschool activities here and here .

The evening before, I plan activities which incorporate Phonics, Maths, Early Science and Arts & Crafts. I have them ready at the table to keep her entertained whilst her older siblings are studying. This gives her the opportunity to explore using all her senses whilst learning through play.

Her phonics activities are made up of sight recognition words using flashcards as well as learning digraphs and sounding out her CVC, CVCC and CCVC words. She has also started blending and has started reading the Peter and Jane series here.

For Maths, I prepare activities in order to teach her numbers, shapes, patterns etc.

Sensory play is an important part of childhood. I collect lots of sensory play materials together and allow her to play freely which supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. I try to involve lots of natural resources where possible.

There are many benefits of sensory play and research shows that it builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, this leads to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks later on.

9am - She spends about an hour on an activity, then will go off on her own or with DS6 to do some role-play activities. They enjoy playing shops using cardboard boxes or if it's bright outside they will chalk in the backyard. We occasionally head to the library for storytime and craft activity in the morning!

10:30am - Mid-morning she will come back to the table for another activity. She also loves using her scissor skills with cutting and pasting activities as well as lots of baking! For Science, she will be looking at metamorphosis and observing her caterpillars until they have transformed into butterflies using the insectlore butterfly garden here.

12:30pm - After lunch we head out to the park or woods for lots of physical activity as well as exploring her surroundings and the season we are in. She collects lots of natural resources on scavenger hunts and spots lots of different creatures along the way too.

3pm - Late afternoon she may do some painting or listens to stories read to her by DS11 and occasionally falls asleep for a little while.

4:30pm - She learns Arabic separately so she doesn't confuse her English alphabet. She learns Arabic through play too using Arabic games from Daradam and these colouring books from Colour Me Arabi.

5:30pm - Dinner time and family games or evening walk. 

We use the bath, book, bed routine around 7pm to let her wind down and relax before popping off to sleep!

Cushion doll from Hijabimamatreats.

Next 'Day in the life' will be for DS6!!! ;)

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