Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sarah's day in a life (with a 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2-year-old)

When I was first researching homeschooling, I spent hours upon hours just trying to figure out what the heck I was supposed to do each day. Nothing helped more than blog posts about what someone's typical homeschooling day was really like. There were so many styles and variations and choices.

And, at the end of it all, I realized, I can do whatever I want. There is no right or wrong as long as you have the goal of helping your chil(ren) to live, learn, and grow in mind.

I adore the "day in a life" posts over at Simple Homeschool, so I thought I'd give you a glimpse into a typical day for us.

Please keep in mind that I have a 10-, 8-, 6-, 4- and 2-year-old. My day could look insanely different from or remarkably similar to yours.

7:00 The 2-year-old climbs out of his crib, toddles down the hall and into bed with me. For the next half hour or so, I am poked in the eye, squeezed on the cheeks and generally climbed all over as he so sweetly coaxes me out of my warm nest to go downstairs and get this day started already!

7:30 The two of us wander downstairs, me sleepy-eyed and him full of energy and not quite able to understand why I'm shushing his million decibel voice while everyone else is still snug in their beds. I get him set with a yogurt then set about making my coffee.

8:00 I can hear the three big boys awake in their room, playing with Legos of course. Sunshine, my 4-year-old lone lady, hops down the steps full of bubbling energy and telling me how much she has missed me throughout the night and couldn't wait to kiss me this morning. She kisses her baby brother and joins him for some yogurt. I fry myself two eggs and top them with some hummus to scarf down while I check in with the world of email, facebook and the blogosphere.

8:30 I call the big boys (10, 8, & 6) down from Lego play, that could really last all day if I let it, to have some breakfast and get our day started. They ask for bread with jelly and apple slices. I pour milk for them and then pass out their multivitamins. I remember my coffee, which has gotten cold. Oh well. Down the hatch.

9:00 I send the oldest four off for their usual morning routine of, "Make your beds, get dressed and brush your teeth." If I feel like I need a little more time, I ask them to clean up their rooms as well. But this morning I'm in a hurry to get school underway, so I give them a twenty minute time slot to complete their usual tasks. I dress the 2-year-old and glance at our chore chart on the refrigerator to remind the 10-year-old that it's his turn to clear the table after breakfast.

The rest of our morning is a blur. Each of the three big boys know what they need to do for school. They take turns on the desktop and laptop completing their Teaching Textbooks lessons for the day, IXL games, and the 10-year-old works with me on his Classical Conversations Essentials work. In between turns on the computer, they get comfy on the couch, at the kitchen table or sprawled on the floor to do a page or two from their Handwriting Without Tears workbooks and to copy that week's Classical Conversations Foundations memory work onto these nifty worksheets.

My boys are very independent workers/learners and need little help from me other than they occasional reminder to say focused. While they work I usually do a few things around the house that need doing, like wash dishes, fold laundry or sweep a pound or two of dog hair off of the floor. Ah, the joys of having a huge indoor German Shepherd.

The 2- and 4-year-olds spend their mornings playing together. They are as close as big sister and little brother can possibly be and enjoy building with blocks, playing restaurant and "camping" in the pop-up tent and tunnel that occupy our dining room instead of a table and chairs.

Around 11:00, everyone is dismissed to the basement playroom to go nuts for awhile until I can get lunch on the table... or, you know, sit on the couch for thirty minutes of quiet reading and then worry about lunch. Today we have Nutella on tortillas, peach slices and glasses of cherry kefir. These "Nut-tillas" (a name I just came up with right this very second) are a new creation (we were out of bread) and the kids are thrilled with them.

After lunch, I head up to put the 2-year-old down for a nap while instructing the others to do their after lunch chores like clearing the table, cleaning up the school and family rooms, and emptying the dishwasher before getting back to any unfinished schoolwork.

The afternoon is a semi-quiet whirlwind of wrapping up work, independent reading and playing for the kids and calling Mr. Ordinary to see how his day is going (and to hear another adult voice), figuring out what we'll have for dinner, basic straightening up, and fiddling around on facebook for me.

Before I know it, the little man is up from his nap. I pick an educational show from Netflix for the kids to watch and Mr. Ordinary walks in the door. He's practically tackled with kisses and hugs. Oh, and the kids say hi, too. ;) The kids are free to pick silly shows like Phineas and Ferb or Ninjago to watch while Mr. Ordinary and I head upstairs for our daily "Parent Meeting." We lock the door and lay down in our quiet room to discuss our days and unwind a bit before he heads off to walk to the dog. (Here's a glimpse into one of my favorite parent meetings ever.)

This evening involves a fire in the fireplace, some chicken and quinoa for dinner, and some card games before it's time for the little to get ready for bed.

8:00 Mr. Ordinary tucks everyone in, after an impromptu wrestling session in the boys' room of course, and then joins me on the couch where we watch some TV, eat some ice cream and he rubs my feet. We eventually turn in around 10:30.

I hope you enojoyed a sneak peek into our lives! I'd love to answer any questions you have and to hear about your days. Hop on into the comments and leave me a note. :)


Lauren Stevens said...

I love seeing these "Day in the Life..." posts about homeschooling. While we've got a bit of time to decide if homeschooling if for us (our little man is 18MO) we are definitely thinking about it a lot. Thank you for sharing your day :)

Lisa Nelson said...

This is so awesome, Sarah. I also need to do this. My kids ARE NOT independent learners, so my days are about spacing and teaching two different levels. Everybody wants their time with Mom to observe and oversee. It's just the way we are.

I really do love hearing about your day. Thanks so much for sharing, and for linking up with us at the #homeschoollinkup!

Camie Madsen said...

You have a beautiful family and I can tell there is a lot of love in your home. You're a wonderful mommy.

Heather Mac said...

Love to see the independent learners. You are teaching them to be life-long learners. Great day mom.

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Loved reading about your day. The Classical Conversations worksheets are wonderful. Are the available for other ages? We are considering CC for next year. I linked up our day as well. Thanks for sharing. :)

Basbusa's Mama said...

That sounds just idyllic! And your kids sound like they're the sweetest ever :)

TutyFrutyJudy said...

Such a beautiful day! Thanks for inviting us in!