I always enjoy the SimpleHomeschool series titled "A Day in the Life". It is fun to see how many ways there are to be homeschooling families. I highly recommend anyone thinking about schooling their kids at home to give a good hard look at the list of others who post along with me today. It helps to find a family you can identify with and think "Yes, that could work for us."
I hadn't planned to post this year, as I did last year, but the thought occurred to me early enough in the day. So I thought, yes, that would work today. Let me tell you, though, if you don't keep at least a few notes, a lot gets lost through the course of the day! But if we stick with mostly major points, then no one gets bored to tears!
After a few night time kid checks (due to recovery coughs/colds) the alarm went off at 6:10am. I didn't hop up for it, though. Paul and I were up a bit late the night before (uh, by late, I mean 10:30...ooohhh). Many of you know that as your kids age and go to bed later, you have less and less of that glorious evening time to work on stuff you'd like to work on! That's a spoiler alert, for all you parents of young tots!!!!
Lingered in bed, spent time in prayer.
Got up at 7, fed and watered dog. Two kids were already up and lounging. Reading morning devos and new library books. I let the little guy sleep as he was up a bit at night coughing.
Took the opportunity to do a quick workout tape in the basement while Dad does devos, breakfast, and kids follow suit and start chores. Before I start workout, I throw a coat of paint on a bathroom door that will be hung back upstairs when dry. Puppy & PJ make their way downstairs as I'm stretching and give lots of hugs and licks.
After workout, I come upstairs and crack a few windows to let in some fresh, mild winter air. As I meander through rooms checking on progress of kid chores, I put away laundry (mainly to find the clothes I'm rewearing from yesterday). I put PJ's jammies away and think of tonight when he'll slip them back on and I can "check out" as caregiver even now as I'm "on duty". I opt again to wear a skirt...it makes me feel like a girl and I'm kind of tired of pants. The tights and slippers complete the ensemble!
I get ready for the day as I assist with chores and help PJ on the potty. He sits there a long time. As he does, I take the chance to straighten up the bathroom. I warn the kids that after they finish chores, they can either play or hit the couches with free reading time, but I'll be a little longer than normal because I'm still getting dressed and haven't eaten breakfast. Paul is out the door and it is 8:10. I get tea and toast and am excited that there is homemade bread to slather peanut butter on! I check my computer for my morning updates of the world I watch and the house is strangely subdued which is glorious. I credit it to new library books.
PJ continues to play like a quiet little angel which though unusual, I take full advantage. I hit the couch with the big kids for our morning meeting, of sorts. It's 9 am. A bit later start than usual. I prefer between 8 and 8:30, but as I am in charge of this outfit, and no one else to answer to, I say to myself, it's great this way, too!
We hit the school table about 9:45 and as PJ has peeked in and out here and there, he is still playing on his own like a rock star. Usually he needs more re-direction and has an active, and vocal, part in our couch/table time. I go through writing, grammar, math and nature study with Lena. Jack works independently except when he shows me something he has done or needs help on computer math. Lena and I finish about 11. She is a bit of a dawdler today as she watches Jack do typing practice on the computer. Probably in part, too, because I keep getting up from the table to put laundry away or do a bit of pick up as she works. I also had the laptop on the table, which distracts me and therefore, I'm sure, her. I'll try better to keep it away tomorrow.
Jack finishes up odds and ends as PJ and Lena start a fort in her room. Creates a mess, but occupies them until lunch is ready at noon. Tortilla pizza today is a hit with everyone.
As it is quite mild, and the dog needs exercise, I bribe all with a sucker if they'll go outside and muck around a bit with me. Jack also has a load of wood to bring to the small barn to begin drying out. It is fun, we make it outside nearly an hour. I take the chance to finally take some portrait type pictures for our school pictures this year. They are 4 months late, but I just never found the exact perfect moment for good ones like last year, so we went with what we had today!
We're back inside around 1:15 and PJ & Lena help me give Scouty her monthly bath while Jack finishes his chapter book. Pup gets a treat and the littles and I hit the couch for me to read to them. PJ goes off for a nap around 2 because he's been fighting a cold and we have AWANA tonight. He gives in easily to sleep.
I head to my comfy chair with coffee and spend some time crocheting, writing, correspondence. Jack and Lena are firmly planted reading and coloring, respectively. Until about 4 we'll just hang out, paint, play games, and rest. If there are leftovers from the morning we need to work on, we'll wrap that up. I'll pop in and out with painting the door, and any other projects I'm working on for home or hobbies.
At 4 the kids choose media time. They vacillate between tv (Phineas & Ferb) and Wii football.
Dinner is right at 5 tonight (beef sandwiches and tater tots) and we all go to AWANA to participate/help. Straight to bed for kiddos when we get home and then a good hour or two to hang out with the hubs. We talk, do computer work, craft, house projects...just chill out! Love it!
I'm grateful for every hour of the day, each with a different season and feeling it brings. The busy hours that lead to the quiet ones and back again. Finding the balance for each home is a challenge, and I try to flex with the seasons as they come and go. But the balance in our home right now is good.
Every day isn't as peaceful as smooth as this one. But I love just being home with the kiddos, and I'll take each day like this one with gratefulness and appreciation!