posts. I think that is also why I enjoy vlogs
so much – I love to see the simple, everyday occurrences. I like to be able to glean little bits of
information here and there in order to make my days run more smoothly – or at
least that is the attempt!
I wanted to do another day in the life vlog like I did last year.
homeschool – flexibility. If you would
like to see my post from last year, head here.
having my second child I realized that if I didn’t get up early, I would not be
as good of a mother as I could be.
exactly seven hours before I wake up – so whenever I go to bed, I tend to wake
up exactly seven hours later. Weird, but
it is the way it goes. In another life I
would get up at 4am, and I probably still do that a couple times each week, but
for some reason my littlest decides that when I wake up, she also should wake
up. So, I have been getting up closer to
6am as of late.
else is awake. This gives me a few
minutes to get my coffee, brush my teeth and get my mind ready for the day. If it is a day that I am up a couple hours
before everyone, I read my Bible, do scripture writing in my journal, and then
I try to write for a while.
need breakfast immediately. My middle
guy is the late sleeper, and will sometimes sleep in until 8:30 or so,
especially recently because he has been sick with a fever, which is absolutely no
blueberries and sliced banana, egg burritos, or peanut butter toast. We are not very fancy here, but it is a good
start to their day.
with everyone. They will usually play with
LEGO, build something in their room, work on a book they are reading, or watch
PBS kids. The past week with fevers it
has been PBS kids…I’m glad that the programming is educational, because when
anyone is sick it tends to throw everything else off!
like to be, but sometimes Lucy is otherwise occupied (she is my youngest) and
when she is occupied, I try to jump right into the school that takes a lot more
of my attention.
dedicated school time, instead of trying to multi-task (check e-mails, do
laundry, put dishes away, work on my blog) while the kids are working on
something. Even when they are fully
capable of working on something independently, they tend to slow down and their
minds wander, or they sneak off to play while I am not looking.
accomplished during that time!
for him – Singapore Math 1B, HandwritingWithout Tears My Printing Book and he will read a chapter of a book.
Currently he is reading The Hardy Boys Secret Files Collection. He will read a chapter and then he has to
come and tell me three important things that he read. It seems to be working quite well. Also, he is super speedy so that he can get
to his “more important” work of making stop motion videos, drawing video game
scenes, playing with his LEGOs, or building something with his snapcircuits.
usually trying to let him get as much free play and self-directed learning as
possible. He will be seven at the end of
the summer, and that is when it will start to become more real for him. We don’t do seat work every day, mainly three
days a week. He is almost always present
for when I am doing read-alouds though, and that comprises a large part of our
as in every day. But, her diligence pays
off. We are about 6 weeks out from
finishing the school year, which is uncanny to me. We do school all year long, but
sometimes I forget what all those extra days lead up to in the summer, breaks
at different times during the regular public school year.
first, although sometimes she does not want to do those subjects at all –
mainly math. She is currently working
through Singapore 3B. We really
like this curriculum; I think that it gives an excellent grasp on math. I have heard a lot of people recommend
Teaching Textbooks as soon as you can get your kids into that program, but it hasn’t
appealed to me yet. We are planning on
continuing with Singapore Math in a few months with the next set of books, 4A
We have been using Sequential Spelling Book 1 this year, and I really
like it. Although, it definitely can get
a little stressful doing 25 words every day, but they do build on each other,
and I have seen her confidence grow with her free writing.
snack and some Cosmic Kids Yoga. This
is something my kids have been doing for several years, and everyone loves
it. Lucy included. She will often get one of the kids’ yoga mats
and say it is time to do yoga – very cute coming from a 2 year old.
which is her cursive as well as whichever book she is reading at the
moment. Then it is onto read alouds.
first year of American History. Now the
kids will pick a book off the shelf and we will read that. Jack has been asking for me to read him Lassie
and Emma has been enjoying the Mandie series, which is a series that I read
when I was a kid, actually they are the same books I had when I was a kid.
ones who eat just about every hour?!), and I start to make lunch. The kids are then able to have free
play. I forgot to mention that Lucy is
decidedly good during this time. I do
have to spread my time between helping Emma and making sure Lucy is not
climbing onto the tv stand, but for the most part it works out well.
anything where there is dedicated time that the children are up in their rooms,
and Lucy is sleeping.
on *everything else* that goes on (chores, blog work, more chores,
de-cluttering), but when I hit a wall at the end of last year,
and decided that my word of the year would be margin, I started to take
this time as self-care time. It is a
time where I can read, write, sit, think, knit.
It is really just a time where I practice self-care. I need it, I deserve it, and I finally gave
myself permission to take that time.
but the kids are usually up and down the stairs asking me a question about
Minecraft, or something else, but as long as Lucy sleeps, Emma, Jack and I will
have this quiet time.
music. Overall it is a much more relaxed
schedule than it used to be, but it is working well for us this year. The kids seem to be enjoying it more, and
that is the most important thing in my book!
self-care during your homeschool days?