I love that they're up early during the week (of course, I wish they'd sleep in on the weekends!). It gives us plenty of time to get ready for school and they're left with a few extra minutes to play or do some sort of an activity. Lately, we've been kicking it old school with our read-along stories and cassettes.
My mom had saved all of our See-Hear-Read books from my childhood and was so sweet to let me gift them to Miss C. on her third birthday. Most of those are the classic Disney stories like Lady and the Tramp, Winnie the Pooh (Master W.'s favorites) and Robin Hood, with a few Star Wars books as well.
This fall, my aunt scored a huge stack of them during her thrifting adventures and brought them down to Miss C. when visiting for my brother's wedding. She has really enjoyed reading all of her "new" stories, especially since they seem to be geared toward older children.
Books on tape may seem old fashioned to today's kids, but they still have great play value. I love that they help my kids read independently, and they've even helped teach responsibility (taking care of the tapes, old books and player does take some effort and focus for younger kids). Plus, I think it's important to teach children that not all entertainment has to be on some sort of digital device.
Today's book was 'Owl at Home' by Arnold Lobel. There are several mini stories, broken up into chapters. The kids really enjoy this one, especially when Owl invites Winter in for a visit. Poor Owl ends up with a house full of snow!
Miss C. runs the cassette player since Master W. isn't quite responsible enough to manage the cassettes on his own yet. I've noticed that while he may appear to be across the room playing with his cars or trains, he really is listening to the story because he usually drifts over to listen whenever she turns on a tape. Within a minute or so, he's perched on the chair next to her, reading along. It's just so darn cute.
How do your kids fill time before heading off to school each morning?