I’ve wanted to do this post for a while now, but the truth is, “a day in the life” is never really typical. There are days where things go smoothly, days where we are out and about for field trips, days when we do school on “non-school” days, and days where I cannot even tell you what exactly we accomplished.
But that’s the thing about homeschooling. It’s real. It is living and breathing and doesn’t just stop when the last box on my planner is checked. It continues into Saturday morning when we head out for a nature walk or Sunday afternoon when my son decides he wants to work on his science lab. It’s Friday evening at the dining room table as the children draw animals and practice spelling each of the names on paper-just because. It’s real-life, and it’s always happening.
Right now, I am homeschooling a 2nd grader and kindergartner along with a 20-month-old. In a previous post, I shared our general routine for our “at-home” school days. (You can find it here.) This is how it actually played out on this particular Monday.
The alarm rang at 6:42, but I just could. not. get. up. I had been up with a coughing 5-year-old almost every night for the past week and was just too tired to move. I reached over to turn it off, rolled over, and went back to sleep.
At 7:05, my back-up alarm rang. I listened for my husband and heard him in the shower. I knew I had just about 20 minutes before he’d be ready for work, so I made it out of bed this time and went downstairs to make him breakfast.
Around 7:25, the kids started stirring, but I just wasn’t ready for them just quite yet. I snuck into my bedroom to get dressed, brush my teeth, and prepare for the day. After a while, I heard them playing for a bit, so I managed to put away a basket of folded laundry and make my bed.
At 8:05, things got moving. I got the baby out of her crib, changed her diaper, got her dressed, and brushed her hair while the other two kids did their morning routines. They then came down and put away the dishes in the dishwasher while I cooked breakfast.
School usually starts around 8:30 around here, and on this day, we were actually on target. We sat down to eat breakfast and begin our Discipleship Studies. The lesson in My Father’s World kinder curriculum was literally a 5-minute lesson on remembering all of the wonderful things God has done for us. For whatever reason, on this particular day, however, it took us almost an hour! The kids had all sorts of questions and comments and the conversation went on and on and on. (This is one of the main reasons we don’t have a schedule. Sometimes, the best of lessons are not exactly planned.)
At 9:30, I changed a poopie diaper then headed over to the toy room for our Discussion Studies. We usually do our Sonlight reading at the breakfast table but since our Bible discussion took so long, I decided to move it on over to the toy room so that the baby could play with some toys while I read. Today we read from our Mother Goose book, Living Long Ago, and The Apple and the Arrow. The kids are really enjoying The Apple and the Arrow, so we ended up reading an extra chapter.
At 10:15 or so, we headed over to the dining room for grammar and handwriting for my 2nd grader while my kindie worked on handwriting and her Rod & Staff workbooks. I set up a tray with a shape activity for the baby.
By 10:45, we were done, and it was time to go outside, but the weather was wet and rainy, so we stayed in. My son insisted on diving into his science kits, while the girls went to play with some toys. We had a snack somewhere in there, but it was hard getting him back on track once he set up his science lab. Note to self: Stick to the routine. Exercise inside.
At 12:00, I sent the girls to play tea in the toy room while I sat with my son on the couch for some instructional reading. We then did a quick phonics lesson and some oral reading. Before I knew it, the girls were back, and they all climbed on top of me for a great big snuggle. We took a short break for some smiles and selfies.
By then, everyone was getting hungry, so I warmed up leftovers, and we sat down for lunch. I then changed the baby’s diaper and took her up for a nap while the other two went off to play. I usually read her a couple of books before nap in order to get some one-on-one time with her.
She loves book time, and always chooses her favorite two for the day.
Somewhere in there, however, my son came up with aloe vera gel he mixed with our actual aloe vera plant, and the kids had a bit of a rivalry that needed to be dealt with.
I finally took care of them and got the baby down for her nap by 2:00. When I went downstairs, however, I found the kitchen upside down.
I started to clean it up when the kids told me that the dog had gotten out of his kennel and peed on the couch throw.
I rushed to clean it up (Thankfully, it didn’t get on the couch!) before throwing the blanket in the wash and heading over to the kitchen to finish cleaning up.
At 3:00, I called in the kids for math, and set up some geo pattern puzzles for my daughter to work on while I taught my son’s lesson. When he was finished, they swapped places, and I worked with her on her lesson.
By 4:00, we realized that there just wasn’t time for science since my son had Trail Life at 6:00.
He had actually spent the entire day before working on his labs, so I wasn’t too stressed about missing it on this one day. We looked over our chore chart and got to work with some music, and then they headed to their rooms for some free time.
I woke the baby and started dinner and had my son ready to go by the time my husband got home. The girls and I sat and read science books for a while, then I put them in the tub for a long bath and cleaned the bathroom toilet and sink while they played.
By 7:15, the kids went upstairs for their evening routines, then went to the game room for quiet activities while I got the baby to sleep.
At 8:00, it was time for bed, so I prayed and tucked in each of the big kids then headed down for some final cleaning in the kitchen. I then set up our homeschool materials for the next day and headed to my desk for my Bible study and devotional.
The rest of the evening I spent with my husband, on the computer, then in bed reading The Mission of Motherhood. (I love it!)
By 11:15, I was fast asleep and ready to do it all over again. 🙂
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