I have been meaning to do a ‘day-in-the-life’ post for a while, and the Simple Homeschool Day in the Life Linkup is a great motivator for me. This is our day on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 and, although I did not accomplish everything I intended to (I never do!), it was a more productive day than usual for me – probably because I knew I was recording it! We are doing preschool and toddler homeschool with K (4-years old) and T (who will be 2 in a few weeks!)
Our day started late, as I ignored my alarm… and my backup alarm that goes off 15 minutes later. I am out of bed at 7:30 (although I have been half awake since 5:30am, nursing T.) I leave him sleeping in bed and I get dressed and start picking up the bedroom enough so that I can work out. By the time I am ready, T is awake and K has joined us – she has been playing in her room for a while already.
7:50-8:20am: I do a workout from the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 6.0. On this video she is also working out with kids around her, which my kids and I enjoy seeing.
After my workout I shower while T and K play. According to K, they are either woodpeckers or wolves this morning. I then do some picking up and move the laundry. I fell asleep before doing prep the night before, so I had a little catch-up to do to make the house neat enough for me to focus on our work.
9am: I finally started making breakfast. I make oatmeal with sauteed apples for K and bacon and eggs and greens for T and me. While I am cooking, T watches some Preschool Prodigies music videos. I was hoping K would join him, but she is not interested today.
9:50am: Everyone is done with breakfast. I take care of the dishes, move the laundry again, record my meal in my MyFitnessPal app, switch our calendar cards from February to March in the school room (ideally done the evening before the new month), and get T dressed.
10:30-11:15am: After addressing our daily disagreements on what is appropriate clothing for our walk, we are out. The little ones didn’t walk today because K was not properly dressed and wanted to stay wrapped in her blanket and T fell asleep. I listened to an episode of The Mason Jar Podcast on music and composer study in Charlotte Mason schools. It is super interesting and now I want the book that they talked about. (The book is A Touch of the Infinite: Studies in Music Appreciation with Charlotte Mason by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt.)
Mid-day: “School Time”
11:30am-1pm: School time is where I try to fit in the more academic activities, though learning certainly happens throughout the day. Our school time itself looks a little different depending on the day; some days we do art or a longer walk in nature, but today we are going down to our school room. The goal is to start school time at 10:30am and be done by 12:30pm, but I know I started the day late, and I am trying to relax and just go with the rhythm. We start with our calendar time, and song and poem time. We are coming off of two weekends away for a family funeral, so I did not prepare a song and poem for this week. We sing some nursery songs instead. Then we sing our Italian song and I speak to K about a picture in Italian. It’s the first time we do this, and it is fun!
After Italian it is time for our weekly artist study. Right now we are studying Vermeer. We read a biography of Jan Vermeer when we first started; now we look at one of his pieces in Vermeer: The Complete Works, and talk about what we see. Today it is “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.” I try to close my eyes and describe as much as possible. Then we read the corresponding section in The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art by Bob Raczka. It is a delightful book in which the author “interviews” the subjects of several Vermeer paintings. It has fun little tidbits in it, such as noting techniques the artist used to achieve certain effects and historical details.
Next it’s math time! We alternate between Montessori math lessons and a story-based math workbook, which is something K really enjoys. Today we do a presentation on dynamic addition using the golden beads. Since I do not have the multiple children usually needed for a traditional presentation, we use dinosaurs to represent the different students, and because K enjoys it the “addition fairy” helps us add all of the beads together. (I know, Montessori purists will cringe when they read this! We are definitely not purists in any method.) While K is fetching beads, I present a sorting activity to T, but he is having none of it. I am trying to get him to sort black and white buttons into bowls, but he keeps taking them from me and putting them back in their original container…After math today is reading. We review our “puzzle word” cards, and continue reading Pig Jigs (book 3 of the Now I’m Reading! Level 1 Animal Antics phonics set). We are hungry, so we skip writing, Aesop’s Fables, and geography today. I switch up the order of subjects so we don’t miss the same things each time we don’t have enough time.
At 1:15pm we are having lunch. We all have some combination of leftover chicken and veggies and I also have rosemary potato soup. While eating, we listen to the final chapter of The Burgess Animal Book for Children via my my phone’s podcast app.
After lunch we do a quick clean, which involves putting the dishes in the dishwasher, picking up all the toys, and vacuuming (our stroller brought in so much dirt from our walk today!) Before we head upstairs for quiet time, T comes up to me with a book. I read them each a book of their choice because… how could I say no?
At 2pm, it is “Quiet Time.” K listens to a Magic Treehouse audio book and plays in her room. I nurse T and put him to sleep in my bed. I sit next to him for a while and read Teaching from Rest and journal a bit.
By 3:15pm I am back downstairs. T is still sleeping; I have taken the gate off of K’s door and let her know she could stay in her room for a while or come downstairs with me. She chooses to come downstairs, and I get each of us a snack. I set K up with her math book just before Mr. S arrives home, so he takes over helping her while I start prepping dinner and call my Grandma to check in and say hi (I try to stay in touch, and feel that it is more important now since my Grandfather passed a few weeks ago.)
4pm: T is up, K has long since lost interest in her math book, and dinner is (mostly) prepped. Thursday afternoons are “family game time” so Mr. S, K, and I play Wildcraft while T plays around us (we gave him Sneaky Snacky Squirrel to play with so he wouldn’t destroy our game. It is a fantastic starting game, and he loves to play with the squirrel.) I get dinner in the oven while we play. It’s a cooperative game and we all win!
5-5:20pm: We eat dinner. T is eating all of the cheese off of the pepper pizzas, but K is actually eating the whole pepper. Yay! (Sometimes she is picky and just unreasonable about food.) After dinner I practice viola while the kids have some Daddy play time.
At 6pm we start our bedtime routine – teeth, potty, and jammies. We then read a chapter of our family read-aloud, which currently is Little House in the Big Woods. Tonight the chapter is about making maple sugar which makes me really want maple syrup. Then each child chooses a book; T chooses a construction book and K chooses The Lion King. Then lights out and music on. The kids get some cuddle time (and T gets some mommy milk time). K falls asleep pretty fast, but T just wants to breastfeed and is not asleep after 30 minutes so Mr. S finishes putting him to bed (he goes to sleep easier when nursing is not an option.)
I get out of the kids’ room at 7:30. I talk to one of my sisters and intend to do some “work” – which means responding to emails, working on the blog, and things for the green team at our congregation. But my brain is too tired, so I watch some (bad) tv and go to sleep. Maybe I’ll get to my “work” tomorrow. Luckily, tomorrow is an art day, so no special prep is needed.
What a full and wonderful day! I love that I get to spend the day with my children and learn along with them.