Friday, January 30, 2015

A Day in Our Homeschool Life ~ Wednesday

Happy Friday! J

How about another day in the life? This is how Wednesday went...loosely. If I recorded absolutely everything, there wouldn't be time for anything. J

7:30 a.m. – My husband's morning schedule varies by the day, but today I kiss him goodbye around 7:30 and head downstairs for some quiet time. I read my Bible, write in my prayer journal, do blog link-ups, and check email and social media if there's time.

8:15 – I begin to hear activity upstairs. That means the Bigs have been doing their devotions and beginning to dress and fix hair. Since I forgot yesterday, today is sheet-washing day, so they'll strip their beds (Bigs helping Littles) and drop the sheets and blankets over the second-floor railing in the general direction of the laundry room.

9:00 – As I load the washing machine, school begins. The 4yo gets out a toy while the 9yo lays on the sofa to wake up some more. The 6yo, who seems to never need much sleep, is dressed and ready to start his kindergarten workbook before I'm ready to help him.

The 15yo begins history, then math.
The 13yo and 11yo begin science, then history.

They are fairly independent, and I’m always available for help as needed.



10:00 – Breakfast, something fast and light like oatmeal or cereal. As the Bigs carry dishes up to the sink, I move the first load of linens from the washing machine to the dryer. {Maybe I’m on the second by now? I can’t remember.} I wash while a Big dries, then I check email and social media again...quickly. As in five minutes or less. J The 9yo gets her books out.

The 15yo continues with science, piano practice, then language.
The 13yo and 11yo continue with math, then language.



The 9yo begins with writing out her spelling words. For math, she's learning about money, so she'll count up amounts for five to six pages. In between all this, I lead the 6yo through a few workbook pages of handwriting his letters and numbers, sounding out the phonics of them also.

11:00 – I leave comments on a couple of blogs and head back to the laundry room. In between, I answer questions, check the 9yo's pages, check the refrigerator for lunch ingredients, go through phonics flashcards with the 6yo, and send a couple of the children upstairs to make their beds with clean sheets.



12:00 – This is usually when I start listing mentally what I still want to get done before lunch. J I retrieve the information I've collected on Louisa May Alcott for our literature study and get the 15yo writing a biography while I edit discussion questions. School continues for all {spelling, reading, extra study as needed} as the 9yo moves on to language and then history. Most work of the Bigs is independent, with breaks to set up a toy for a Little or snatch a few minutes of reading in their current book.

1:00 -- Our goal is to have lunch sometime in this hour. The 6yo and 9yo finish their work (except for some reading the 9yo will finish up during quiet time) and are rewarded with a half-hour of a video. Today, though, they end up spending half their watching time disagreeing over which video to watch. I end up climbing the stairs to decide for them before I put in the last of five loads of linens and then sneak in a few minutes of reading before the girls and I start lunch prep.

By 3:00, the little boys are down for a quick nap, and the rest of us scatter to quiet time activities. I usually write, although today I’m mostly reading. Today, the Bigs finish up whatever’s left in school, read for pleasure, and play a game.

My husband arrives home by late afternoon and heads straight into a house project. J

The boys are up by 5:30, and the rest of the day feels pell-mell to me – supper together, Wednesday night prayer meeting, ice cream snack, family devotional time, bedtime.  










How was your week? What does your Day in the Life look like?




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13 comments:

  1. One thing for sure... You are BUSY!!! HAHA!!! Seems you have a wonderful schedule for everyone.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. Right now, it works. Next year? We'll see.... :-) Thank you, always, for your encouragement, Charlotte!

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  2. What a great example: you start your day with spiritual food and even throw in a load of laundry before the day really gets going. I like that: first things first.

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey. The laundry doesn't always come first, but I knew I'd have a ton to do, and it doesn't take many minutes to start the machine anyway. :-)

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  3. I *try* to throw in the laundry first, too. This is such a wonderfully real, yet full, day. I love finding all these new sites this morning. Thanks for sharing your day with us :)

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    1. The Simple Homeschool link-up was wonderful, wasn't it? Thank you for stopping in, Cait. :-)

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  4. Thank you for this "Day in the Life." It's always so interesting to me to see how others do what they do!

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    1. I agree, Jenny. I usually gleam a good idea or two by reading about how others go about their days. I'm so glad you visited today! :-)

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  5. Sounds like a productive day! I love how independent your kids are with their own learning and how you're there to guide and direct. Great post.

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    1. Thank you, Camie. I love how independent they are, too! :-)

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  6. I love how much laundry is highlighted in this post. So absolutely true isn't it....the laundry never quits! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have a friend who calls their laundry pile the Slough of Despond. Some days, that can be an apt description! Thank you for reading, Jess. :-)

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  7. Fun post! (OH LOOK AT THAT SCIENCE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! :D ) lol

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