School Day Snapshot–August 22, 2011

Not Back to School Blog HopI documented our day today in order to participate in this year’s {Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop over at Heart of the Matter Online.  It’s day-in-the-life week, which is probably my favorite week of the entire thing.  It’s fun and instructive to look back at last year’s post to see how things went here at the House of Hope, and I always enjoy others’ posts (and sometimes even learn something new to try!)  This year I’m schooling a seven year old girl and a five year old girl, with a fourteen month old boy along for the ride.  Here’s how the day went:

Well, we all know that the new day begins the night before, right?  Ours did literally last night, with the DLM awake a total of three times through the night.  Arrrrgh!  Nothing squelches my desire to get up extra early to get all those things done that I really need to do (like exercise, have extended devotional time, work on chores, read, and blog) like a lack of sleep.  I went to sleep around 11:00 and was awakened around 12:15 by his cries.  I got up and nursed him back to sleep, which took about an hour.  Steady Eddie answered his cries the next two times, bless him.  I thank God for my hardworking husband who still pulls as many nightshifts as I do! 

5:30 a.m.–The alarm went off, and I managed to “snooze” until 6:30. 

7:00–Lulu was up by the time I got out of the shower.  After showering, I started breakfast prep.  Lulu read A Cricket in Times Square while she ate.  Steady Eddie got Louise up at about 7:15 and he left at about 7:30.  The girls and I ate breakfast.  I had oatmeal with a dollop of peanut butter, honey, and raisins.  Lulu, my pickiest eater and my breakfast avoider, ate most of a blueberry bagel and some canned fruit.  Louise ate–well, I’m not sure what Louise ate, and I didn’t write it down.  I think she ate frosted mini wheats.  We eat really healthy breakfasts around here.  🙂


I read the Bible during breakfast (silently–this was my devotion time!), and Psalm 33:20-22 jumped out at me:

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
   he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
   for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
   even as we put our hope in you.

 7:30-9:30–We did all our pre-school day stuff.  I’ve been trying to get another household task in during this period–laundry folded, floors vacuumed, or bathroom cleaned.  That didn’t happen today.  I also try to start school by 9:00; again, this didn’t happen today.  Here’s what we did accomplish:

  • We unloaded the dishwasher.
  • The girls did their kitchen chores.  (They usually make up their beds when they first get up.)
  • I awakened and nursed the DLM.
  • The girls brushed their teeth.
  • The girls both practiced the piano (with my oversight). 
  • We took a morning walk.  🙂


9:30-10:20–Circle Time–We did all our usual stuff:  Bible story, prayer, memory work, poetry, and a couple of picture books.  I also gave the girls a “free” lecture on having a good attitude.  It wasn’t my proudest mommy moment of our homeschool day.  🙂  All of this was done with the DLM climbing over us, taking the girls’ notebooks, and me finally nursing him, just to give us a moment of peace and quiet.  I’m just keepin’ it real here, folks. 

Circle Time aftermath

It was about this time I really needed the calming influence of Psalm 33–if only I had remembered it!  😉

10:20-10:30–All the kids had snacks (fruit!) while I switched out the laundry.  I also made the girls take a bathroom break so as to avoid having to quit in mid-sentence for someone to run “upstairs” to the potty.

10:30-10:50–The girls worked on their book logs.  This wasn’t without its problems, though:  I had to go back to the computer to print out some handwriting paper for both girls.  The DLM swiped my dry erase marker (and I couldn’t find it!) just when I needed it to show Louise how to make a lowercase t.  Louise’s questions prompted me to have her take out her handwriting book and work on a few pages.  Lulu didn’t finish copying all of the titles into her book log–she has been a reading machine lately, so I told her she could save some for tomorrow.

10:50–I sent Louise upstairs so Lulu could do her history narration.  Just as I was trying to read a bit from chapter three in SotW, the DLM got extremely cranky.  At 10:56 I took him up to his room and put him in her bed with some books.  He wasn’t happy, but we managed to get through Lulu’s history narration.  Louise re-joined us for the rest of the history reading (I only read two parragraphs for Lulu to narrate). 

 11:06–I nursed and rocked the DLM to sleep.  🙂

11:30–Lulu and I worked on her RightStart Math lesson.  She was supposed to use a thermometer and graph today’s temperature, but the thermometer was broken.  We’ll have to try that again.  Meanwhile, Louise built towers out of Wedgits and “read.”

12:00–Louise and I did her RightStart Math lesson while Lulu attempted to work on some pages from Math Mammoth.  She couldn’t figure out how to do it, though, so I instructed her instead to read a science book to narrate later.

12:20–Lulu did her science narration.

12:30-1:00–Lunch prep, eating, and clean-up.  Today’s lunch selections:  I had tuna salad sandwich and chips; the girls had cheese quesadillas and chips.  We all had cantaloupe.  I read a chapter from Hans Brinker while the girls finished eating.  

1:00–Lulu read the epilogue of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, her assigned reading.  Louise and I did a reading lesson from OPGTTR.

Lulu's "in between" reading selection: The Adventures of Odysseus + Lulu's tower

1:15–I gave Lulu the choice of doing a regular narration over Mount Majestic (which I realize is way too long for a narration–I just wanted to discuss it with her, really) or completing a book report notebooking page, and of course, she choose the cool-looking notebooking page.  I really thought it would be over her seven-year old head to do all of that–the elements of the novel like plot, character, setting, etc., but she surprised me!  The only thing we didn’t tackle was theme, and she wanted to try that!  This made me feel much better about the disrupted narration earlier in the morning.

 Whew!  Now it’s time to clean up a bit!


The DLM woke up with a stinky diaper just in time for the girls to have rest time.  🙂  The girls went to separate rooms, Lulu with The Cricket in Times Square and Louise with the iPod “tuned” to Beatrix Potter stories.  (She requested The Tailor of Gloucester.)  I then gave the DLM his late lunch (cheese and grapes) and worked a bit on my blog (Read Aloud Thursday is coming up day after tomorrow, you know!) and did a little Facebooking.  🙂

The girls’ hour-long rest time was over at about 3:00, so after they ate yet another snack (pudding this time), we headed out to the library.  I found Lulu a copy of The Twelve Labors Of Hercules, which prompted her to announce to the librarian:  “I love Greek mythology,” and I was a proud, nerdy homeschooling mama. 😉

The rest of the evening was filled with the minutiae of daily life:  supper prep, supper, nursing the DLM and his unexpectedly taking another nap, etc.  After supper, Steady Eddie took all the children to a birthday party at one of our local splash pads, and here I sit, reflecting on our day. 

It has been a good one–pretty typical, really, with lots of frustraton but also lots of good moments.  I thank God for the privilege of our learning and growing together as a family.  It’s a good life. 


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6 thoughts on “School Day Snapshot–August 22, 2011”

  1. I love how you keep it real, Amy — especially the part about snoozing for an hour! That is JUST like me!! Your school room is lovely and messy – just the way it should be. Looks like a great day!

  2. My oldest was looking over my shoulder as I read this, and she finds your school room very appealing. So do I. 🙂

    I enjoy getting a peek at your days. I enjoyed your wrap-up post too, though I didn’t comment b/c I was reading it on the iPhone and am too clumsy to comment in that situation. 🙁

    You have a good structure in place, and you flex as necessary, and lots of learning is happening. I’m always amazed at what Lulu is reading — she’s very advanced. Keep up the good, difficult, oft-interrupted but still-sending-down-deep-roots work.

    (Just testing the boundaries of coherence in my sentence structure. 🙂

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