I’m writing “A Day in the Life” for the iHomeschool theme.
It’s quite a bit different from last year, since I’m not working as much outside of the home but I have several small jobs from home.
5:45: Alarm goes off. Thanks to the joys of insomnia, I have already been up and working on the computer for two to three hours at this point. It’s so nice and quiet in the basement at that time of day (usually) that I’ve knocked at least half of my jobs off my to-do list.
6:00 I haven’t heard my husband’s footsteps overhead, so I go and
nag gently wake him up. He stumbles off to the shower and my kindergarten sidekick, ever alert to any sound, appears from the second floor and announces that he is starving. I get his breakfast ready while he begins spelling words for me using the magnets on the fridge. It seems that he has been lying awake figuring them out for quite some time.
6:05-7:00 Husband gets ready for work. Sidekick watches Letter Factory, Word Factory, and sometimes an eighties spelling dvd that I picked up on ebay when M was small.
7:01 Husband has left for work. Sidekick appears beside me to say that he’s done with his breakfast and can we please do his math now? I put on the math program and we spend an entertaining 20 minutes with Professor B’s little bee character, making number fingers, adding, and (in some cases) repeatedly kicking the jingling handles on the desk drawers.
7:21 Math is done. Sidekick announces that he’s hungry again and heads to the kitchen to get a snack (sliced peppers) out of the bin of healthy snacks I keep in the fridge for him
7:30 Sidekick is hungry again. This time he asks me to join him upstairs because there are a few more words he’d like to spell for me. He also wants to put all of the letter magnets into alphabetical order while I observe.
7:45 I get out All About Spelling’s Pre-1 which I am determined to finish with him despite the fact that he seems to have overshot most of it suddenly. I want to make sure we lay the foundations right for future spelling and reading. Luckily my sidekick loves it and is willing to wiggle around in his chair while we do a couple of lessons.
8:00 Oldest child K (almost 20) appears to say that it’s beautiful outside and that we should go for a hike. My sidekick D agrees eagerly and shoots off upstairs to wake up his sister M. She comes stumbling downstairs and immediately heads for the food, shaggy hair hanging in her face and grunting responses to anything asked.
8:55 The rest of us have been showered and dressed since 8:10. M is finally as ready as she’s likely to be (her hair’s brushed and she’s dressed, anyway) so we grab our hiking/nature study backpack and off we go.
11:00 am Return home and immediately feed my sidekick, who despite various snacks along the hike is, of course, starving. M does her math downstairs on her laptop while D spells some more words for me, this time writing them onto endless pieces of paper, all of which must go onto the fridge so Dad can admire later.
11:25-1:00 M and I work on her schoolwork (spelling, our unit studies, writing, and various other things) while K keeps D company, often at the park or in the back yard, pausing only for occasional snacks.
1PM: D goes upstairs for a “quiet period”…not quiet, he is usually bellowing with fury as he goes because we’ve only had this quiet time every day for the last two years and it has come as a completely unwelcome surprise! The rest of us have lunch.
1:15 I stretch out to read when the ranting from upstairs stops. I wake up 20 minutes later with a book on my face. I get up and do some cleaning and laundry.
2:30 PM We do science, start supper, bake anything we’re going to bake. D helps himself to the other 5 or 6 snacks in his bin (grapes, cheese, cantaloupe, salad, tuna sandwich, yoghurt) because it’s been an hour and a half since he last ate so clearly he is starving.
4:00 M is done with her schoolwork and head downstairs to design houses for Sims and/or write online reviews to submit. K is trimming hedges outside. D is asking if we can do a craft, so I get out supplies, cover the table with plastic, and we have some fun, pausing only to make some new snacks (homemade popcorn or muffins usually) because he is getting hungry again.
5:15ish My husband arrives home to an insanely joyous greeting from dogs and kids. We fight our way through the crowd into the kitchen where he attempts to tell me about his day while D makes words on the fridge to show him and M stands there holding house blueprints and first-draft reviews to show him and K holds a deck of cards because he’s hoping for a quick card game before supper.
5:30ish: supper. Often my friend A appears with extras from work where she is a chef and we add more food and an extra dinner companion. This often leads to at least one person laughing so hard that they snort water onto their laps. It is the height of class around here, let me tell you.
Evenings vary, so I won’t include them. What does your homeschool day look like this year?