What kind of routine does your child have after school?

Christy - posted on 08/09/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Sorry if there are a bazillion of these questions already. I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader. Last school year was hectic in the afternoons. Homework, super, baths and bed. That was about it. The kids got burned out quickly.

So what kind of routine does your children have in the afternoons?

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Sue - posted on 10/17/2011

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I am in the Uk so I guess things will differ slightly, but we finish school for 3.40 we walk home or to the library or to the park but we vare in the front door by 4.30. I then make tea (I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old) and we play until 6pm. Then my son goes to bed and I have time to do homework with my daughter followed by bath bed and a bedtime story, in bed between 7-7.30. Hope this helps sue

Shannon - posted on 10/04/2011

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I must say routine is key in our household. Without it we would be lost. Alot of the time in the summer I cannot wait for school to be back in session so we can get back to our routine. I find that ours works out well and is not hetic at all, but that is for our family and my not work for everyone. I have 3 children. My oldest is 9 and in 3rd grade, the next on the list is 8 and in 2nd grade and my baby is 2 and is at home with me all day. After I grab my school age kids from school we come home, have a quick snack, and then do homework. They each have a desk in their room so they have some where quiet to do their work. We do spelling together in which I call out the words and they have to spell them back to me and write them down 5 times each. They do their math work in their room and if they have questions or need any help they can come to me and I will assist them. Their reading we do together so I know they are reading each word as they should and taking it all in. I do reading with one while the other is doing math then we swap. After all the homework is complete, which normally takes about an hour, they go outside to play while I make supper. By the time supper is done it is 5:30 and we eat. They are able to watch T.V. from 6-7 then it is time for showers. After everyone is bathed it is 7:45 and time to read a book and off to bed at 8.

After typing all of this it does seem a bit hetic but I find it to work for us. Everyone knows what is expected of them. They still get about a half an hour for play and at least an hour of family time before bed.

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