One of my favorite things to do it join in with Simple Homeschool in February for a day in the life post. I've done it for three years now and I love seeing how our days change and evolve as my babies grow! (Babies? What babies?!?!?)
This was really our first "official" year homeschooling, but since we tend to lean a little bit sorta kinds towards unschooling it really is just a slight change in rhythm.
Early Morning: So early. (Like 4:30 early) Why is it so stinking early? Well, I require a long lead time before the madness. Russ and I get up and read our Bibles, pray, workout, and possibly just stare at blank walls in an attempt to get destimulated from the day before. (Futile, I tell you.)
Right here our two year old has been out of bed at least six times since well before the rooster crowed.
Morning: The kids are up and stirring before 7:00, but we go get them and squeeze them and hug them and send them to the table. They have thankful journals they color in while we finish getting breakfast ready and served.
We mostly spend this time breaking up irrational arguments and reminding them to please go sit and color something they are thankful for, not pictures of their brothers and/or sisters doing weird things.
About an hour after waking up we jump right into our day. The kids start by making beds, doing chores, brushing teeth, and getting out their morning workbooks. I am actually way against workbooks, but since all of the morning work takes different times for different kids it is a good way to keep them busy until every one gets finished.
I call this time the nightmare hour. We do it everyday and everyday my kids act like they have never heard of sweeping or dusting. Also, the agony of picking out close and getting dressed. Can I get an amen?
Around 9:00 we grab books and sit and read aloud for an hour or so until snacktime. Usually at snack time I'll pull one of the bigger kids aside for about a five minute phonics lesson and have them read a few sentences. Then we walk.
This is our actual legit best time of the day. Occasionally Jane will go play in the toilet, but compared to the other stuff these kids get into that's nothing.
Sometimes we walk with friends. Sometimes we take our nature journals and find a place to sit and sketch while we talk about what we are seeing. Almost everyday we end up at the local museum where I sit and drink coffee while they run around and play.
Also a mostly no fail time of day.
Noon: We head home and make lunch. I read aloud at lunch, which turns out to be some of our best learning time. We read rich books with lots of history, culture, and all sorts of lessons.
After lunch everyone lays down to have rest time. (Including me!) They can have books as long as they stay in their room and stay quiet.
And I only have to get up and remind them of that 652 times!
Afternoon: Mostly the kids go outside to play by themselves until dinner. I'm available, but mostly not involved in this playtime. I make dinner and do laundry. And, well, if we're honest I sit on the couch and scroll my phone or read. Occasionally I will look out in the backyard and the neighbors and their cousins have come over so it's pretty much a party.
I like to label this time free imaginative play. Read Also: I'm spent.
Evening: We head in for dinner around 6:00, when we make a sweep around the house one more time to get everything picked up. After dinner the kids get jammies on, brush teeth, and squish together on the couch for Bible story (We have a huge couch, the squishing is by choice.)
So, yeah, it doesn't actually look like we do a whole lot of school. But somehow in all the books and walks and nature, and "imaginative play" we do a whole lot of learning. It's a miracle of wonder and we love it.