I’m joining in today with Simple Homeschool‘s Day in the Life round-up. I enjoy writing these posts from time to time just to document what life looks like around our house in this particular season. Right now I’m schooling an 8 1/2 year old third grade girl (Lulu), a 7 year old first grade girl (Louise), and have a 2 1/2 year old boy to keep busy (the DLM), as well. Add to that the fact that I am old and pregnant, about 31 weeks or so, and well, I’m tired. 🙂 I documented yesterday, which was something of an atypical day because Steady Eddie spent the night out of town on Wednesday night, so I was solo parenting for a bit. He didn’t return home until about 8:00 on Thursday night, so it made for a long day. Here’s how the day went:
5:45–I awakened for the first time since after midnight to do what most pregnant women do in the middle of the night. My blog had been experiencing technical difficulties on Wednesday, and I had registered a tech support request with my blog host, so I hopped on the iPad to see if my blog was back up and operational. It wasn’t. Of course, I had to check out a few more blogs while I was at it. 😉
6:15-7:00–I slept again, totally blowing off my original plan to be up by 6:30.
7:00-7:30–I texted with Steady Eddie and continued to ponder the state of my blog.
7:30-8:00–I got up and got in the shower, etc.
8:00-8:30–I awakened the children and they got started on their morning checklists (mostly chores) while I started a load of laundry and dried my hair. They read after finishing their chores.
(Excuse the poor quality of these pictures. I took them with the iPad. For the curious, Lulu is reading Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull, while Louise is reading one of the Penderwicks books aloud to the DLM. 😉 )
8:30-8:45–I prepped breakfast while Louise practiced the piano for about 10 minutes. We split up piano practice so the girls do half at one time, usually. They take turn practicing before breakfast. (Some days they both get a practice in before, depending on how much I have to do.)
8:45-9:30–We had breakfast (oatmeal with pb & raisins, cinnamon raisin bagels with pb, apples, and orange juice or milk). The girls took turns
reading aloud from Jesus Calling for Kids and the Bible. We prayed. I gave the DLM more oatmeal and half of a bagel, just because he always wants what he doesn’t have. 🙂 I read a couple of picture books aloud, just because I can’t resist. It’s what I do. 🙂 I took care of the DLM (diaper, clothes) and myself (teeth brushed, etc.) while the girls did their kitchen chores and finished taking care of their own personal hygiene requirements.
9:30-10:00–Lulu practiced piano (15 minutes) while Louise and I worked on putting away some laundry and we read aloud to each other from The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. I think I also switched out laundry (or something) during this time. The DLM contented himself by setting up a pretend picnic in my bedroom floor.
10:00-10:15–Louise finished her piano practice for the day. Lulu had some kitchen chores to revisit.
10:15-10:45–RightStart Math with Lulu while Louise worked on Spelling Workout and handwriting.
10:45-11:00–A game of Addition & Subtraction (Louise adds; Lulu subtracts) Corners with both girls.
11:00-11:20–RightStart Math with Louise while Lulu did her Spelling Workout and handwriting. Lulu also did a fair amount of DLM wrangling during this time, too.
11:20-11:30–A game of On the Number with both girls.
11:30–12:00–Writing with Ease with Lulu. Louise played with the DLM and got in a bit of homeschool p.e. 🙂
12:00-12:10–Writing with Ease with Louise. I’m sure Lulu was busy with the DLM at this time.
12:10–12:30 (approximately)–Laundry and lunch prep for me while the girl cleaned up the school room and got in a bit more homeschool p.e.
12:30-1:10–Lunch (sandwiches, chips, fruit) and read-alouds: A Little Princess and Sundiata for our history studies.
1:10 (or so)-3:00– I read to and rocked the DLM while the girls did kitchen chores. After the DLM went to sleep, I headed to the living room sofa where I took my daily siesta. Before going to sleep, I read for a bit. (I read Desperate by Sara Mae and Sally Clarkson. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about this book in the near future.) The girls had quiet rest time in their bedroom and mine. I know Louise read a book (To the Top for science to go along with our CC science sentence this week); I’m not really sure what Lulu did. As long as they’re quiet, I really don’t mind. At this point in my life (and pregnancy), the nap is basically a non-negotiable.
3:00-3:30–I did language with the girls. I dictated a sentence from Spelling Wisdom for Lulu, she and I did a 4-level analysis of a sentence from Practice Island together, and we did a lesson from First Language Lessons 3. Louise and I did a lesson from First Language Lessons 1. We had a bit of a discussion about which girl would do her narration of To the Top since both girls were assigned to read it this week, and we decided Lulu would do it first since she will be writing hers and Louise would be dictating to me. However, it was then time to get ready to go to gymnastics, so this was abandoned.
3:30-3:50–The girls ate a snack while I got ready to head to the YMCA and awakened the DLM.
3:50-5:30–A quick run by Sonic for Happy Hour and then on to the YMCA. We went over a good bit of CC memory work for the past few weeks while in the van. At the YMCA, the DLM and I walked the upstairs track for part of the time the girls were in gymnastics.
5:30-9:30–I cooked supper (spaghetti, corn, salad) and wrote a book review. We did chores. Lulu finished piano practice. The girls showered. Steady Eddie came home (yippee!). They watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie while I worked on my blog. Steady Eddie is currently getting the DLM down for the night while I finish up this post. 🙂
This is a fairly typical day for us in terms of how much school work we accomplished. However, I’m even more tired than normal (maybe?) due to the extra activities I’ve been solely responsible for today. Steady Eddie pulls more than his weight around here, so I really, really miss him when he’s gone. (Besides that, I really just like having him around. 😉 )
I’ve written about our days before. It’s interesting to look back and see what we did when the children are at different ages and stages. My next write up will be sometime after we add a fourth child to the mix, so I’m sure it will be even more interesting. 😉
- A Day in the Life with a 7 year old, a 5 1/2 year old, and a 14 month old
- A Day in the Life with a 7 1/2 year old, a 6 year old, and a 20 month old
- A Day in the Life with a 6 year old, a 4 1/2 year old, and a 2 month old