Every day comes with it’s unique joys and challenges – it’s how we face them that matters.
Starting the Day
The day started by waking up with a massive headache – not the best start to the first day of school.
1.5 hours after my first alarm went off, I finally rolled my hugely, preggo body out of bed and quickly got ready for the day.
In the still quiet of the morning, my prayers were said – an absolute must for the start of new day. They were followed by a few online tasks that weren’t able to be completed.
Although most of my morning tasks had to go uncompleted, I got up to start breakfast to stay on schedule for our school routine. Amazingly only one of the kids were awake, so I went and got the others to stay on track for a 7:30 breakfast. Already, I was feeling rushed and frustrated that my day got off to a bad start. Not only did we have school to do, but it was a day packed with other tasks that needed to be accomplished with very little wiggle room.
Breakfast was underway. However, I did have to encourage some to stop talking and finish their food. They find so much to talk about with each other! …which is actually really great. However, let’s balance that with some good time management skills and stay on task.
In the rush of kitchen cleanup, I cut myself on a broken mug. I knew that I needed to just settle down a bit. Things would get done. Other than being excessively talkative, the kids were mostly cooperative and took care of their tasks.
Amazingly, breakfast and chores were complete and we were sitting down to start school only 15 minutes past schedule at 8:30AM.
While I started working with Michael on his Kindergarten work, the older kids got to work on their independent list. This includes math, religion, character training, art/music, French, and phonogram flashcards.
Next I started working with Virginia, and then the boys on their English. Whoever wasn’t working with me got to continue with their independent work. Michael was finished for the day, and was able to play with Matthew.
Then the three older kids and I gathered around the table for history and science before stopping for lunch.
Lunch Time! While the kids finished PB&J’s and started on clean-up, I read to them from one of our read-aloud books.
The afternoon was a bit more low-key and is where any uncompleted work can be done by the kids. Daniel was the only one with some independent work left to do. While he worked on his french, I was able to get a few chores done and check email.
Finally, it was nap time! I laid down with Matthew while the older kids read from their reading books.
The Afternoon Time
Currently the afternoon is where I have chunks of time blocked off for specific tasks that I need to get done for home or business.
The kids are able to go play as they please. After a morning of school, they are more than eager to keep themselves entertained.
On this particular day, we all loaded up and headed over to my parents. The green beans needed to be picked before they got too big!
By 8PM or so, the beans were picked, the kids were fed, and we could head home. However, a few quick baths were an absolute must before sending them all to bed!
I hope this account of our day helped you in some way. What does your school day/day look like?
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