You know how I love these day in the life posts and when I saw a link up at Simple Homeschool, you know I had to join in!
We have extracurricular activities days and we have days where we get to stay at home. The latter comes less frequently than the first and I absolutely love it when we have a completely stay-at-home-and-go-nowhere day! This particular school day was just such a day.
(All times are approximate)
7 am-ish: I sleep later today because we have no outside commitments. (yay!) As I run to and fro trying to complete chores and put on a bit of makeup, the kids wake and eat breakfast and have some free time. About 8:30, the children are expected to see to the making of their beds and the depositing of dirty clothes into the appropriate places.
9 am-ish: The school day starts with the two little ones off playing, the two middle children having Bible time with me, and the teenager starting his work. Since we are building a Tabernacle during morning time, the little ones wandered back in and joined us.
9:30 After a quick overview of the lesson plans with the two middle children, they head off to quiet places to complete independent work. The two little ones and I begin our morning by singing “Days of the week” to the Addams family tune. We spend the time reading books, playing review games, and learning to read & spell (and eating apples for an after breakfast snack).
10:30 The 4th grader heads back into the living room for some of her one-on-one instruction. We work together on Spelling, Grammar, and Math. In between her instruction the 1st grader and I work on Math & Spelling. As all of this instruction is happening, the three little ones rotate amongst some of the preschool games.
11:15 We need a break! The kids head out for some free time. I do the old switcheroo with the laundry and look over the older boys’ work to make sure that they are completing their work & to see if they are having any problems.
11:35 Lunch is started. The two little ones continue to play while I meet with the 4th and 7th graders for a science lesson. The teenager informs me that he needs some help with math. I make a mental note to work on it this afternoon when it is a bit quieter.
12:00 David is home and we eat lunch. The kids run outside for a little more free time while I clean dishes and attend to laundry.
1:00 Anyone who has uncompleted work returns to finish work. Anyone who is finished plays a learning activity or game. The 7th grader and I work on Spelling and Grammar. He tells me about the chapter he read today and I answer any questions from his math lesson.
1:45 The teenager and I meet. During this time,he tells me about his literature selection and about his history readings. We both are avoiding it but know that we need to work on Algebra. I look over his work and realize that he needed help with today’s lesson but attempted the other problems. We both agree that a little break before we dive in would be a good thing. *smile*
2:15 We all find a quiet place to rest. Some read and draw. Some watch TV. Some play games on the ipod. One closes her eyes and snuggles with the baby.
3:15 Upon the completion of quiet time, the girls want to do a little crafting. Some of the boys head outside to play and work on bicycles. I tell the teenager that we will start the next morning with that Algebra tutoring session. He doesn’t seem to mind. *smile*
After that, the day becomes a day of trying to straighten the house and get dinner cooked. Our extracurricular days look quite different particularly the part of the day that occurs after lunch. Those days are a bit more hurried and busy. I love these slower days when we don’t have to rush and can fit a nap in if we’d like to do so.
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