Friday, April 10, 2015

Homeschool Day in the Life ~ On the Go!

Happy Friday! J Warm weather has arrived along with those April showers.


Wednesday was an unusual day for us with two major errands and most of our school done in the van and out of the house.

Preparation began on Tuesday as I explained to the children how the day would go. I encouraged them to rearrange their schedule of subjects so that they could complete at home whatever needed to be done at home. I still arrange the schedule for the 9yo and 6yo, so I instructed the 9yo to complete spelling before we left (less to carry!) and grabbed the Phonics books for the 6yo.

It was a dark and stormy morning J complete with gentle thunder…so hard to get out of bed! Great ambiance for coffee and devotions. Not great for getting children dressed and out the door.

At home, we gulped down a bowl of cereal and completed a few pages. Bigs helped Littles get shoes on, and we piled in the van by 10:45.

Why is it always raining when we go to the dentist? J The Littles like the buddy system for the dentist, and this time the 9yo chose the 15yo to go back with her and keep her company. I also had to talk with the dentist about the 11yo and a couple of extra teeth he’s grown in. 


By about noon, we were on our way. We took the scenic route, rather than the interstate, so it was about an hour drive to the Abeka Materials Display where we order the bulk of our materials for next year at a discount and with free shipping.


In the van, school work continued as the barren corn fields stretched past and the music of Pride & Prejudice played softly. The 11yo answered a question for the 9yo about the instructions in her math workbook. I remembered to bring bottles of water and some string cheese and a couple of bananas. I’m surprised they all ate because usually no one wants bananas that are too freckled.


At the materials display, the Bigs completed more schoolwork as I filled out the order form to buy most of next year’s schoolwork. J


A little fun with the iPad to keep the little boys entertained.

It was about two o’clock by the time we were done with our order and returned to the van. We hadn’t eaten since breakfast and we were far from home but close to a playplace. We called Daddy to see if he was done at work and could meet us. He didn’t answer, so we headed to Hobby Lobby to fill the time until we heard from him. As we waited in the van for the 15yo to finish a math problem before we went in, the phone rang. The boys rejoiced that they didn’t have to shop, and we continued on to our late lunch without ever stepping foot in the store.


At McDonald’s, we talked and then the Bigs pulled out their pleasure reading while I checked email and Facebook, started this post, and kept an eye on the Littles.


After a fast stop in Sam’s for more milk, we rushed home for the children to change into their outfits for the children’s program at church each Wednesday. After our odd schedule for the day, we’ll probably have a snack at home after church which will include the fruits and vegetables we missed earlier, something else I haven’t figured out yet at the time of this writing, and, most likely, some Easter candy.

Whew! Finally, we’ll all collapse in the upstairs library for family devotions, glad to be sitting down together and that we don’t have days like that too often. A change is nice, but none of us would want that pace all the time.








How was your week? How do your days go when you have errands to run?



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10 comments:

  1. Wow, doing work on the go! Funny thing is now that we homeschool, I rarely have the kids do work while we are on the road. When they were in traditional school, they always had to do homework in the car, and anywhere we happened to be playing sports.

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    1. Interesting switch, Nita, but I can see how that would work...homework in the car. Whatever works! :-)

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  2. Sounds like a very busy day. I wouldn't want a schedule that busy very often either.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. Hi, Charlotte! It was different, for sure, but we lacked some of our usual enthusiasm for going to the library on Thursday.

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  3. My son has special needs and has speech therapy in addition to OT, piano lessons, rock climbing and special Olympics. So it is not unusual for us to read in the car or do a math lesson while we wait! We try to incorporate unexpected learning experiences while we are out and about also such as stopping to observe deer.

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    1. Wow, you're busy! Great way to make use of the time out. We're wanting to add piano lessons and there will probably be orthodontia soon, so life will become more like this day in the near future. :-)

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  4. Wow! That was a busy day! Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy "day in the life" posts :-)

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    1. I do, too, Erin...I mean reading others. :-) Thanks for commenting!

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  5. We've had a few days like that, too Meghan.

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  6. I may be crazy, but I like days like these! Not ALL the time, but sometimes it is a fun 'change' and makes "normal" days more appreciated! Oh, and I LOVE going to ABeka displays. I'm addicted to curriculum and like browsing the books. Such a deal on ordering too, we just placed our order at the display here a couple weeks ago :-) Fun to read your day! Thank you for sharing!

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