There are many blogs out there where different moms profile their typical homeschooling days. Mine have finally settled into some semblance of order all I thought I’d join the throng!
I usually wake up between 6 and 7, sometimes earlier and rarely later. It all depends on when the boys wake up. They co-sleep in a sidecar crib beside our bed, with Mark next to me in the king size bed. Rarely, my alarm wakes me up. Usually, it’s one of the boys. We all tumble out of bed, I wake up the girls, and begin my morning routine. First getting dressed, making the bed and crib, starting some clothes in the wash, and getting children dressed. After that I make breakfast. This morning was biscuits and gravy. I wish I’d had sausage but alas. It was still tasty.
I usually get Lilly started on her homeschool while I make breakfast, after she’s gotten ready and tidied up her room. She starts with her Bible lessons and we sit in the kitchen with our tablets while I cook. Usually the preschoolers all play in the dining room or watch Netflix on their tablets during this time. Sometimes she can get started on math before breakfast but usually this is time to eat so we put everything on hold while all the kids gather around the game to eat. I take the time to check email, games, etc on my tablet. I also set up all the tabs I needed for the various school levels. I use Easy Peasy Homeschool Curriculum. It’s a free online Christian curriculum and I’ve really taken to it. We started it around October and are getting close to wrapping up the first year using this curriculum. My kids really love it and it’s all online all they get to use their tablets for most of it, which they like.
Anyways after breakfast and cleanup, the preschoolers wander off again for a bit till 9:30 or so while I continue working with Lilly. I take this time to do any read aloud material we may have for that day. At present we’re reading Viking Tales. Big joke in this house while singing that and making up lyrics to the tune of the Dragon Tales tv show theme song lol.
Finally I send Lilly off to the dining room to work on math, history, and reading while I put Mark down for his first nap then pop the clothes into the dryer. Then I bring in the little ones for their preschool. It consists of me reading them a bible story, followed by some preschool work on Easy Peasy. I also include some kind of fine motor skills activity each day. Right now they’re having fun learning to play with tangrams. Finally I read them a story, often from a library book. All in all their school takes somewhere between one to two hours. Mark usually wakes up about halfway through, around 10:30. When we finish preschool it’s lunch time. We all eat lunch then cleanup and I put all the under five crew down for a nap.
Naptime is some of our most productive time of the day. We finish up science, writing, vocabulary, art, music, p.e., or whatever other subjects she may have that day. I also finish up my laundry. Sometimes I bake during this time. I try and get outside and walk/run with Lilly at this time too. Right now that exercise mostly resembles walking as I am most certainly not a runner right now lol. Maybe one day. I also use this time to get a good start on cleaning for the day.
Around 2 (sometimes 3!) the crew wakes up, though Mark usually wakes up around 1. This means of course that by the time the others wake up, Mark is ready for a nap! Alternating nap schedules are so much fun! The rest of the afternoon is spent talking to children, breaking up fights, making and cleaning up after snack, and then at 4, getting dinner started.
From 4 till dinner is ready I digitize school work into Google Drive. Paper has a short life expectancy in my house. It always seems to grow legs and wander off into some dark hole, often the trash. So I take snapshots of all their schoolwork and store it in Google Drive. I also finish my day’s housework. Finally around 6 is dinner then cleanup. Three days a week we do baths for all the kids and then at 7 the boys go to bed followed shortly thereafter by the girls at staggered intervals. Evening is my quiet time for doing research, writing in my blog (lol), doing work for the business Shane and I are trying to start up, crafts, reading, etc.
It’s a busy schedule but I really love it. I am never bored. That is something I could never claim when I worked in an office. I almost always go to bed sore and tired but it’s so worth it. I get to spend a day enjoying my kids, teaching them, cleaning house, and baking like I live in Little House on the Prairie. I still don’t have time to do half the stuff I want to but alas I try.
Anyways I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my typical homeschooling day!