They say that from a very young age, kids thrive on routine. We've never been good at too much of a routine at our house. With the addition of each kid, it seemed to get even worse. By the time Lydia came along, we had no chance of getting her on a routine beyond taking Madison to school and picking her up - a few days a week Noah had preschool. And then usually some activity after school. Other than that "routine" we flew by the seat of our pants.
We still don't have much in terms of a routine. But there are days we do certain things. Tuesday's we have started going to story time again after getting out of the habit over the summer. The last few weeks she has been waking up everyday asking if it was story time and craft day. This girl lives for story time,
Last Tuesday was the 2nd time we had been back, she was over the moon when she found out it was Tuesday: story time AND craft day! She chatted all morning about going to story time. We can't be late mommy. We have to hurry mommy. When she picked a few books and it was time to leave, she climbed up in her car seat, and said "Mommy, that was the best day of my life. Thank you for taking me to story time today". And then later, when Chad was tucking her in at bed time, she listed story time at the top of what she was thankful for today.
Story time is great for exposure with other kids as well as getting to know the student/teacher relationship. We read books at home, but there is something extra exciting about someone else taking the time to read you a story (even if it is their job!).
She knew she loved story time: the interaction with the other kids, listening to the books read by someone different, the songs and dancing, but especially the craft - but I didn't know how much it meant to her. We'll definitely be keeping this routine!