So our attempt at a routine has been successful in some aspects, and not a complete failure in others. One of our successes is that Mandie is starting to have a better concept of days of the week, she can also use her chart to tell us what we are going to be doing that day. It has also been a good way of giving her something to look forward to, because as we put her to bed we remind her of what the activity is for the next day and she doesn't even fight going to sleep.
Where we haven't done as well is in pre-planning projects and following through with ideas. I knew we would have a hard time with this part, but I don't thing we have done horrible. Either way she has had fun and done something related to the activity for each day. We can work on the rest.
One way to help with the pre-planning projects, especially when you are super busy with a work project that is sucking all your time, is craft kits. I feel like it's cheating in a way, but Mandie loves them just as much as the kits I take the time to make. So in the end we still accomplish the same thing, and I can grab it from her craft box and she doesn't have to miss a day because I didn't have time to put something together. (I do have a goal of setting up several projects so they are ready to go - but that is still a work in progress.)
This is a Crayola Kit I found on sale at the toy store and not only does it come with everything I need right in the box, but it was fun, easy and SUPER CUTE.
It said it was for ages 3+ but it was easy to modify the steps so that she could do it. I traced her hand and cut out all of the pieces. Then I let her glue things into place. For the tissue paper spots on the giraffe I drew on the circles and put dabs of glue down and let her crinkle the paper and stick it in place. She loved sticking the green tissue paper on to make the tree. (I just noticed now that the piece we put down as grass looks a little like poop...it still turned out cute.)
This kit came with several handprint projects, so I look forward to doing more with her. I'll make sure to pre-cut the shapes though, because she quickly grew tired of waiting as I cut around each bump of the giraffe's mane.
Our science project was amazing so that will get a post of its own!