So, yeah, that title is a little overwhelming. I guess now would be a good time to announce that we are homeschooling, which will come as a shock to about three of you, because evidently y'all are a little bit used to the untraditional at this point.
I've done my research and my soul search and we came to the conclusion that Classical Unschooling is probably the right path for us. Basically the classical informs the what and the unschooling informs the how.
Still a little confused? What it really means is that we read an immense variety of really good books and then invest heavily in wonder. You don't have to be around any kid for more than ten minutes to know that they have enough wonder to ride that wave for years. Especially if we invest in it, which means answering those 5, 472 questions they ask everyday.
"Isn't it a splendid thing to think about all the things there are to find out about? It makes me glad to be alive- it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half as interesting if we knew about everything, would it? There would be no scope for the imagination would there?" Anne of Green Gables
All that to say, even with littles, our day reflects that. We don't do a lot of structured activity around here, but we do have a strong rhythm.
5:00AM: I'm up. I've got a lot of stuff going on right now so on top of quiet time, I also need some quiet work time.
7:00AM: The kids get up and we eat breakfast, do memory verses, get dressed, make beds, do chores, practice hygiene all that daily discipline of life stuff. Somewhere in here Russ heads out to work.
8:30AM: When the kids finish their morning stuff they start picking out books, by the time I get everyone headed to the couch they each have about five books. So, we sit down and read about twenty-five books. Sometimes more. Also, Baby Jane goes down for a morning nap somewhere in here.
9:30AM: If we do anything schoolish we do it here. It usually involves learning a new letter, crafts, or a small science experiment. We have had lots of sunrise, sunset, time difference, why is it winter questions lately, fortunately a globe and flashlight are easy to come by.
10:00AM: Snack and playtime. We usually do some sort of classic audio book, think Beatrix Potter, Aesop's Fables, I like to do that while I have an attentive audience. I go where the kids go, but they know this playtime is up to them. Usually, they head outside for some adventure and I head to the porch swing for some reading. I'm available.
12:00PM: Lunch, we currently read Winnie the Pooh aloud at lunch, because again, I have an attentive audience. Plus? Milne's wit cannot be matched.
1:00PM: Rest time! Thank you Lord. Not all my kids still nap, but they do all know that we have quiet rest time. This is a sanity saver. By this point we all need a little de-stimulation since this house is like a never ending party.
3:00PM: Snack and More Playtime. I'm not usually all that available for this playtime. I write, or work on projects, or sometimes just sit and stare at a blank wall. Just whatever. Somewhere in the 4:00-6:00 range (usually closer to 4:00 than 6:00, praise God!) Russ gets home!
5:00PM: Bathtime. On an ideal day. Not most days.
6:00PM: Dinner and then jammies, and practicing that hygiene again. (I live in hope that someday they will want to do this for themselves.)
7:00PM: Daily doxology (we say our thankful fors), a Bible Story and bed. And by bed I mean at least an hour of the kids giggling and pestering each other until we really call for an end!
8:00PM: Bed for us. I am unashamed. (Okay, I'm a little embarrassed, just trying to keep it real.)