Homeschool Day in the Life with ages 9, 7, 3

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I don’t know if it was because I knew we were going to do our day in the life today, or if my body thought 5 hours of sleep was plenty, but I was up at 4am this morning.  Now, I don’t make it a habit to get up this early every day, but I do know that my days go so much better when I do – granted I am about done with life by 7pm!

I thought about going back to bed, but then realized that if I did, I would be mad at myself later, so I dragged myself out of bed.  Thankfully I had set the coffee pot the night before, so I could just turn the coffee on, and away we go! 

When I get up this early I most definitely do not take the dog out.  Nope, no way; I do not want her getting used to me letting her out at 4am…5am…or even 6am to be honest!  So she curls up at my feet and I start on my morning time routine – coffee, Bible, and journaling.

I know that everyone has a different morning routine, and mine can be more involved depending on when I get up, but every morning I read a little of my Bible, journal a little, and drink two cups of coffee.  I know a lot of people like to start with water or tea, but to be honest I just need the caffeine drip in the morning.  I blame my mother.

Because I am up so early this morning I have plenty of time to read the Bible.  I decided a couple weeks ago to try and read through the Bible chronologically, so I am in Job right now.  I also love to use my Write the Word journal – mainly because it is undated which means if I miss a day, I don’t feel badly about it, I can just pick up where I left off.

Since it is now only 5am, I have plenty of time to get a blog post up – something that I have not been very good at in several months.  I have this strong desire to share everything we are doing in order to encourage other moms, but then I realize that my kids have had the flu off and on since Christmas, and I feel a little better about letting things slide.

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It is only 6am, and I decide that the dog has waited long enough.  I put her out, and then I decide that I have enough time to get on the elliptical.  I know everyone loves to rave about working out early in the morning – I hate it.  I have always hated it, and more often than not I will not try to work out so early.  I need a good long time for my body to wake up, and I prefer to workout in the afternoon.  But, since everyone is still asleep, now is as good a time as any.

Surprisingly it is 7:10 and no one is up yet.  This is pretty much unheard of.  My people love to be up early (except Jack, Jack will stay in bed until 8 or 9 most mornings, and I am fine with that).  I decide to use up some bananas that are overripe to make muffins for breakfast.  I get everything put together and then comes my oldest, ready to help get the muffins in the pan, followed by my youngest who is now throwing a fit because I am not making chocolate chip banana muffins.  I cave and the kids put chocolate chips in three of the muffins.  Into the oven they go.

At this point in the morning I try to get everything ready for the day.  I had already made my list in my bullet journal for what we needed to do, and I run through my lesson plans to make sure I know which books we are using. 

As soon as the muffins come out of the oven, Jack comes running down the stairs.  He loves bananas, and proceeds to tell me all the ways he likes to eat bananas.

The kids eat and listen to the latest audio book, Little Britches, and I jump in the shower.

We try to “start school” by 9am, but I am late today, which is funny since I was up at 4am.  Jack is reading Harry Potter and Emma is starting on her math facts practice while I get pot roast in the crock pot for dinner (I don’t watch This is Us in case you were wondering).  Jack also has to do math facts, but he wanted to finish his chapter first.  I haven’t quite figured out how to tell the kids they need to stop reading in order to do something else, and they use that against me a lot of the time.  Both kids use for math facts practice – it is free and I don’t have to have flash cards. 

Our mornings run pretty smoothly and are very much the same day to day except on the day that Emma has saxophone at the elementary school, that day we start school earlier so that we can get most of our school out of the way before we leave for her lesson.

The kids know they need to do Bible, handwriting, math, copywork, and reading.  This doesn’t take all that long, and then once those subjects are done, the kids move on to a break and snacks.  It might take Emma a little longer to work through math, and sometimes we also do spelling and grammar during this time as well, but mostly they are done by 10:30am and then I try to get them outside if it is nice, or they will do Cosmic Kids Yoga or run around like crazy wild children (the last one is pretty much an all-day occurrence).

I use this little break time to make and eat a salad.  I am not one for breakfast (besides my much needed coffee), and usually am reading to the kids during lunch, so this is my unusual meal time.  It works.  I have been eating a mid-morning salad for several years now. 

After snacks and a play break I spend some time reading to the kids.  My kids love to listen to me read books, which is really nice because I love to read to them (also good since we primarily use a literature based curriculum).  We just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix yesterday so I don’t have anything new to read to them yet, and decide to read stories to Lucy while Emma and Jack spend some time upstairs playing quietly.

Around noon we make and eat lunch.  I will either continue reading with the kids, or they will listen to an audiobook.  Today it was an audiobook. 

After lunch Emma still has some more school to work on, so she does her reading.  She just started a biography on Helen Keller and reads me some of the interesting parts she finds.  She has a spelling test, but I skip it because it is already quite late, and she spent 30 minutes working on her story this morning, so I figure she gets a pass today.

Jack and Lucy are upstairs playing at this point, thankfully.  I am very blessed that my two youngest have such a good relationship, and that Jack enjoys playing with Lucy while I finish up school with Emma.

Now it is 1:15 and school is officially done for the day.  Typically I will put Lucy down for a nap, but she hasn’t been napping the past few days.  She might really be giving it up for good this time, which definitely worries me since I usually take a self-care quiet time while Lucy naps and the kids have quiet time themselves.

Today Lucy decides she wants to watch a movie.  I put it on for her, she watches about 30 minutes and then is off looking for her dress up clothes and running around upstairs trying to coerce Emma and Jack off of their kindles to play with her.

I essentially get nothing done during quiet time today, nor is it actually quiet.  I try to read some of my book but that is short lived.  I do get a start looking through my Sonlight catalog from last year to figure out what I am going to do next year.

We will be done with school the first week in April this year (the perks of schooling year round), and so I know that I will need to place an order for new books soon.  I’m not quite sure what I am going to do yet, but I am getting there, slowly but surely.

Rest time is done by 3 and then the kids are playing again or listening to audiobooks or podcasts, running around, doing all the things kids do.  I am drinking more coffee because I am so tired!  And I also have to start peeling potatoes and carrots for dinner, although I might assign that task to my budding little chefs.

I had been reading Harry Potter at dinner every night for several weeks, so I need to pick a different book, so for tonight we chat and enjoy each other’s company – at least until Lucy decides that she wants to stand on the table, or when the dog decides she should most definitely lick any food that Lucy allows her to lick, and subsequently eat.

Lucy is in bed at 7 because of no nap.  Emma and Jack are in bed by 8:15, but they tend to read until whenever they fall asleep, it is usually by 9 for both of them, but sometimes Jack likes to stay up very very late reading…

This is just one day of many.  Some days are really quite good, some days we all have poor attitudes and decide to call it a documentary and art day.  In the winter we tend to do a lot more of our seat work.  In the spring and summer our days are spent doing science and more reading. 

I sometimes think that a day in the life is not a long enough time to accurately depict what we do – perhaps I will do a week in the life someday soon and then we can see how it all evens out each week, with good and bad days.  This day was a good day, and for that I am thankful!

What is your biggest challenge during your homeschool day?

My Previous DITL posts -

Homeschool DITL with 3 littles

Homeschool DITL with ages 7, 5, 1

Homeschool DITL with ages 8, 6, 2

Homeschool Day in the Life with ages 9, 7, & 3
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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Heather! I always love this blog hop so I can meet new homeschool bloggers (even though I didn't get my act together to share a post myself this year...)!
    By the way, I love your kids' names. :) I have a Lucy, too!

  2. Oh my goodness -- that pic of your puppy melted my heart <3

  3. I find the good day/ bad day balance true at my home too!

  4. Thanks for sharing! Always interesting to see what other homeschooling families day's look like :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing! Always interesting to see what other homeschooling families day's look like :-)

  6. Thanks for sharing your day. We’re Harry Potter fans too.

  7. Looks like a busy day! Just watched the vlog - now I’m hungry for muffins! Loved seeing Lucy in her dress up too! 💕

  8. Kudos to you for making muffins in the morning! lol, I'm not a morning person so that would never happen around here.

  9. Love the peek at your day! Our quiet time is not always quiet either. :)

  10. I, too, will give my kid a pass on what we have scheduled if they seem to have done enough work on their own. :) Your family is lovely, and you have lovely days.

  11. Thanks for sharing your video. I have a 7 and 2 year old, my 7 year old thinks it's unfair her brother doesn't have to do work. It was nice to show her what other kids do :)

  12. Looks like you have a great week in your homeschool. I always enjoy a peek at what others are doing with their lessons and their children. Thank you for sharing!


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