Need suggestions...

Andrea - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am becoming a stay at home mom since the market is awful and I have not found a job. That I think God has answered my prayer to get the opportunity to stay home. What are some things I can do with my son, who is 4, during the day. We do a weekly trip to the library and park when weather permits. Here @ home, aside from activity books and play dough...We do some baking and cooking together as well. I feel like I am not doing enough with him. I worry since we cut back daycare to 2 days and will be doing just one day a week the week after next. Any suggestions?

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Lacey - posted on 02/03/2010

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i work at home depot and i end up bringing home the kids workshop items and both my boys are too young still but they will make for great rainy day projects. they do the workshop in the stores on the first saturday of every month from 10 am to noon (check your local store to be on the safe side) i think lowe's does the same thing. you can always work with him on abc's and counting, you can learn another language together, keep him learning, this is precious time for him because he's still such a sponge. weather permitting you can always go outside and play tag and other games

Rachel - posted on 02/03/2010

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Just let him use his imagination, we need to let kids play, it is very important in their development, they do not always need to be doing structed activity, let him play by himself and obserseve, it is a beautiful thing, you will be amazed at what they do

Laura - posted on 02/03/2010

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When you're at the library, try to get some books on tape that will be on his level. That way, he can get used to following along with the reader, which will improve his language and reading skills, as well as give him some independence in his activities at home.

I know this sounds less-than-fun to some, but try having him help with things like laundry and whatnot (specifically folding and sorting). Sorting, especially, is something that kids his age will be learning, developmentally, and having him pair up socks or go for a treasure hunt for that favorite shirt of his in the laundry basket will both help you get things done and allow him some exposure to those important concepts and skills! :)

Erika - posted on 02/03/2010

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It sounds like you are doing a great job with activites. I recently joined "My Buddy & Me" through my local Parks & Rec. My son and I go for an hour and half once a week. We both love it. Perhaps you can find some kind of group that the two of you would like.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
Everything is Possible When you Have Faith!
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2010

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You sound like you are doing a great job! Since he is 4, you can start teaching him how to write his numbers and letters if you haven't already. There is a great website that I am working on with my daughter it is called tlsbooks.com. I just print off a couple pages of the letter we are working on each day and she loves it. It is completely free. They do ask that if you can to please send them a donation, but you don't have to. We decided to do this, because we had sent my son to preschool, but with the economy, it was getting a little too expensive, and he never really learned anything any way. I think the only thing he learned was how to write his name and that was only because my husband taught him! If you have a mcdonalds near by, you can take him there also when the weather is bad. I usually only buy a drink or one of their fruit and yogurts to share and let my kids play for hrs.
One last thought. Don't feel like you need to fill every moment of the day for him. Let him play by himself for a while. That is good for him too.

Davine - posted on 02/03/2010

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Dont feel like that isn't enough! Trying to plan out every little thing you do with your child during the day isn't fesible. Your son is pretty much the boss of what your day will look like. If you try to add in some activities, and learning experiences you are ahead of the game! Which you have already done. Dont stress sounds like you have it more than covered!

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