When I first started home schooling (okay, like months before) I would ask for schedules from anyone I knew that home schooled. I needed to know how on earth they got everything (laundry, math, dinner, science, blog posts…) into their day. I downloaded, filed and copied many. After having my kids home for over 4 years now I feel like I understand that it’s a dance. Some days we dance to Vivaldi’s Four seasons (Spring)which is what I’m listening to as I write this post. Other days are more like AC/DC meets Barney-yes, that bad.
I think hundreds (thousands?) of moms considering home schooling would love to shadow a home schooler to see what her typical day looks like (I know I would have loved that!). And since you can’t come over I thought I’d lay out a typical day for you-actually, it’s not typical at all. It was just last Friday and is quite real. If I tried to do a “typical” day I’d fluff it up and put stuff in there that I’d wished had happened…here’s how it really went:
5:05am: Alarm goes off (static since the antenna to the radio doesn’t work). Run three miles, lunges in the backyard, calf raises thanks to the front steps. As I do my lunges I notice a figure staring at me from the sliding glass door. Mismatched flannel pjs and a large stuffed baby doll. M is up and says to me, “I wanted to be the first one up!”. I congratulate her and tell her mommy hasn’t had her quiet time yet and she must to back to sleep. Place on couch, cover with blanket.
6:03am: Determined to read my Bible and pray on the back patio I grab necessary supplies (tip toeing around dozing off child).
6:05am: El Guapo comes down. I come in, warm his water for his to-go tea, kiss, hug (all very quietly as not to awaken possible sleeping child). Quietly close door behind him.
6:15am: Back to Jesus and prayer.
6:50am: “Mom, what’s for breakfast?” me: “Cereal Friday. It’s not 7 o’clock yet, please go back upstairs.”
7:02am: “Mom, can I get the cereal out?” me: of course. I shower.
7:25am: Upon entering the kitchen I hear LOTS of cereal on the floor. Crunch. Crunch. “Ugh!! Please sweep this up, it’s driving me crazy!” Insert idle threats about not letting them get cereal out again unless I am present…
7:26am: Read the story of Naaman and his leprous healing.
8am: Kitchen chores (sweeping, unload/load dishwasher). Much complaining. I take beans away-offer to replenish their jars when I see grateful attitudes. (Beans=$ for helping around the house-more on this later).
8:30am: Clean rooms, get dressed, make beds, brush hair. This takes way longer than it should-not too much arguing with each other.
9:32: Read together The Mysterious Benedict Society, Aristotle’s thoughts on Friendship, A portion of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. This last one is a tough one with lots of , “Mom! This doesn’t make sense, can we please just eat lunch now” and then I say, “You just had breakfast-see, this is why we don’t have cereal every morning for breakfast-it doesn’t fill you up and you’re starving an hour later!”
10:06: Assign M snack. She comes back with a cookie and 1/4 cup of raisins in three bowls. The cookies are stale and everyone complains, throws them away and asks for pretzels as a replacement. I say they have to wait until Petruchio says this one more really funny thing to Katherine, then they can. S asks what’s for lunch. I remind her it’s not 11:30am yet and she has to wait to ask until then. And remind her that she knew that already.
10:30am: Drive to bookmobile to grab books that are in. Stop by my parent’s house to grab a more modest Barbie outfit for S’s new Barbie (her idea) pillage a bag of fruit snacks per child (thanks mom and dad : ).
11:02am: Supervise computer math, workbook math, copywork/dictation, phonics, arguing about someone tapping their pencil too loudly. Each child reads 30min. each-M reads to me and finishes two books-very proud of herself.
11:03am: S asks what’s for lunch.I remind her it’s not 11:30am yet and she has to wait to ask until then. And remind her that she knew that already. I also remind her that we’ve had LOTS of snacks already.
11:30: “What’s for lunch”. me: “Sandwiches”. S: “Again!”. Sigh.
1:00pm Lunch. Sandwiches. Again (apparently).
2:00pm: I set up stations. A great, sneaky way to get a lot done in a little amount of time. Said stations are:
-Listen to our hymn “I’ll Fly Away” on my ipod. Then practice Chopin “Funeral March” on the keyboard.
-Free writing (S has a hard time with thinking/writing so she uses the voice recorder. A and M already have their stories from the last time and they work on those.
-Cooking (their grandpa was coming over and we NEEDED rice krispie treats, so they each helped with that when they got to that station).
2:45am Free time begins (legos, swinging, playing princess, etc.). I think about dinner and my date night with El Guapo coming up in a couple of hours. I also vacuum all the rooms because it makes me happy.
This was what I would call a good day. Living life together is always an adventure and I love doing it with my girls!