This is one of my favorite times of the year.
It's been three years since I joined Simple Homeschool to start documenting they rhythm of our days and it never ceases to amaze me how much we have grown and changed in just one simple year.
It also doesn't hurt that almost all of the slam dunks of our day came straight off of someone else's Day in the Homeschool Life page. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
Like 5:00 AM early I get up and get started. I must. I'm just one of those people that needs a long runway. I read my Bible, work out, get dressed, and drink mucho coffee. I also look through our calendar, schedules, and get my head around the work that needs to be done for the day.
The kids get up around 7:00, some slower than others, and start tackling their chores, getting dressed, and doing copy work. Around an hour later we gather at the table for breakfast.
Breakfast is big around here. It's where we get the most important things of our day done. I read our current Bible study and we talk through it, the kids recite their memory verses and Shakespeare, we do a short study on character, read poetry, and sing a hymn. Russ usually prays us into our day and then heads to work.
The kids grab their folders that have reading and math for the day and get started. On even our hardest days this only takes about an hour. Sometimes that only kills a solid twenty minutes. I check work and or listen to reading as they are doing it so there isn't anything to check outside of this time.
When they are done with their "school work" they play. (They just think they aren't learning!) Around 10:00 I gather them all back up for tea time. They get a small snack and a cup of tea while I do our lesson for the day.
After I've done the lesson and they are done with snack they pull out their notebook. Usually they draw a picture, or color a page and paste it in. Then I ask them to narrate it back to me, and I either type it and print it to put in their book or they write a couple sentences about it themselves.
We've lined up our lessons according to day of the week, it's just what works best for us
- Monday: History/Geography. We use story of the world and then usually one or two picture books and a chapter read aloud to go with whatever part of history or the world we are studying.
- Tuesday: Nature Study. We are currently using The Burgess Book of Animals with heavy help from Nature Anatomy and Animalium.
- Wednesday: We go to town for Bible Study, the kids have an actually class where they read and discuss the study so I count that as school for the day.
- Thursday: Music/Composer study. Obviously these are favorites because they usually involve painting.
- Friday: Honestly, we rarely even do school on Friday, but I have sort of redeemed it as a baking day and then we rotate between learning about money, social justice, and teaching them body assertiveness. So not a total loss.
The we play some more.
We spend late morning at the park so I can get in a walk and they can burn off some energy.
Because I'm completely uptight, the kids have a weekly meal plan posted on the wall. They go check what they need to make for lunch and whose day it is to make and then they get after it.
During lunch I read whatever current read aloud we are obsessed with, this is pretty much everyone's favorite part of the day.
After lunch they clean up and go grab a short picture book for me to read. As often as not lately, one of the big kids opts for another chapter from our read aloud book.
It used to be nap time, but evidently that train has left the station. Except for me. I still need a nap. They just do Bible study homework, catch up on copy work, and read quietly for a little while. Except Jane, she doesn't do anything quietly!
They play outside. Period.
I'll call them in before dinner and they practice music, read books, do puzzles, take baths, and do the last tidying up for the day while I get dinner together.
As soon as we have finished they split to go get teeth brushed and get ready for bed. Then we gather back on the couch where I unceremoniously pass the baton to Russ and sink into a heap. He'll read a couple of books, ask their catechism question. (We use New City Catechism App.) Then he reads the Bible story and it's tuck in time!