Okay so first off let me say that I’m so glad to NOT be working outside the home anymore! I am NOT a morning person at all! I am a total night owl. It’s 10:00 PM and I feel like I can finally start getting some things done today…this is when my brain starts running a mile a minute!
That being said: Our homeschool “schedule” follows my personal preference for a calm morning! I have read other posts about schedules and routines and have been so impressed with them. They whole family (sometimes with 4 or more children) are up and ready for the day…breakfast is served, school begins with a set order of events, and by lunch most of the “school” stuff is done! That is just so totally beyond my reality! 🙂 I COULD do that if I HAD to…but I’m glad I don’t have to!
I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I’m this way… or if I’ll have to change but as of now our day kinda goes like this:
Wake up when the kids wake me up around 8 or 8:30
Since I’m not really functional for about 45 min. I give them each some milk or juice or a pediasure to drink and to hold them over until breakfast! We turn on the TV (I know…don’t judge me here) and watch a video (we take turns choosing each day).
Around 9 or 9:30 I make breakfast…usually something very simple: cereal, oatmeal, frozen waffles (whole wheat of course!).
After the video/kids movie and breakfast, I start cleaning up the kitchen (I can’t function with a dirty kitchen and house!) then the family room gets a de-cluttering. I go upstairs and get myself ready for the day (this is usually around 10-10:30ish.
By 11am I make sure that the kids are dressed for the day (cozy clothes if we’re staying home, better clothes if we have plans to leave later)…brush teeth, hair, etc..
Kids are playing in their rooms or together in the family room (I usually make sure the TV is off after breakfast….it used to stay on the background which is a habit that I think I’ve sucessfully broke on all our parts! I even shut the doors on the entertainment center so we don’t even see the TV. It’s really worked! It’s MUCH less of a focal point!
My son will sometimes play some computer games (I’ll be listing our favorites soon!). Sometimes my 2 year old takes her turn on the computer too!
Depending on how tired my daughter is determines when we start our school time. If she’s in a good mood then we’ll head down to the “school room” and she’ll play with blocks or trains or something that I have for her down there while my son and I work on school stuff. If she’s cranky then I’ll wait to get her to sleep and then do school with my son during her nap.
Lunch is determined by nap/school schedules….sometime we have lunch BEFORE her nap and sometimes it’s just a snack.
We do “school” anywhere from 30 min. to 1.5 hours. In Georgia where we live, he’d only be in Kindergarten due to his late Oct. birthday and Kindergarten is NOT mandatory here so I don’t have to have school at all yet “officially”….so for now we keep it simple and condensed to the basics of phonics, writing, and math….with Geography, Science, etc…thrown in on and off. Next school year I will have to actually turn in my “intent to Homeschool” and be responsible for attendance and 4 hours of “educational activity” each school day.
After school is rest time for my son (sometimes he falls asleep but usually he just watches a video or plays quietly in his room) If my daughter is still asleep then I get some “me” time or time to catch up on laundry, figure out dinner, etc…
Once my daughter wakes up she’ll eat if she’s hungry (if she’s taken an early nap then she’ll eat when she wakes up) The kids will play together…go outside if it’s nice…or just do their own thing! I’m usually still working on my “chores” till around 5:00 or so. That’s when I want some PEACE…but it never happens! If the natives are restless I start bath/showers a little early. We pick up their rooms sometimes together. Get PJ’s on. Eat dinner (sometimes my husband is home but usually he’s not home until later). Then they can play in a “calm” manner together or by themselves or we can snuggle up and watch a movie…lately our favorite is the new VEggie Tales: Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s DVD.
Daddy finally gets home around 9 PM and the kids get all hyper when they see him. He plays with them for about 30 min. then we start getting them to bed. If we’re lucky, we have everyone in bed by 10:30 PM.
My husband and I are usually up till midnight.
Okay…so am I totally abnormal???