Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Brinley Preschooler Summary: 4 Years 3 Months

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This is a summary for Brinely in her third month as a four year old. All in all, it was a pretty uneventful month. Sometimes that is the best thing! Uneventlful means life was pretty status quo with few curve balls. She loved the fun that came with Halloween celebrations and the month was quite smooth overall. 

SLEEP
Brinley takes rest time instead of nap most days these days. She has preschool three days a week that ends too late to start a nap. So she has rest time those days. We have church over nap time once a week. That leaves us with three possible days, but that is assuming Saturday's soccer or basketball games (or swim meets) don't interfere with nap time. 

She does great having rest time instead of nap. The interesting thing is that she NEEDS rest time even if she isn't sleeping (which is the definition of rest time, right?). Days she skips rest time...oh boy. She is an emotional wreck all evening. She needs that time alone. Independent play doesn't replace it, either. So it isn't just alone, I guess. She needs time in her bed where she has to rest in some fashion.

EATING
Eating is same old, same old.

EXTRA CURRICULARS
One thing Brinley does is dance class. She very much enjoys that. 

She also does playgroup. She has fun with her friends doing that. This month, it was our turn to host playgroup. She loved having it at our house and having friends here.

PRESCHOOL
Brinley's favorite three things each week are the three times she gets to go to preschool. Oh she loves it. Totally and completely.

EMOTIONS
I have shared before that Brinley can be emotional like many four year olds are. She was overall less emotional this month. Like I said, days where rest time wasn't in place, emotions became a big factor in our evenings. 

It is important to recognize what triggers the emotional break downs in your child and try to help your child have success in being able to control those emotions. 

SCHEDULE
Here is what was pretty consistent for non-school days:

8:30 or 9:00--wake up/get ready/eat breakfast
9:30--play with siblings
usually independent play for an hour in between now and lunch
12:00 --lunch. Then play.
2:30--Nap
4:30 or 5:00--Wake up. Eat dinner. Then family time.
8:00--Get ready for bedtime
8:30 or 9:00--Bedtime

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