This is part three of a seven part series. If you missed parts one and two, I suggest starting at the beginning so you can get the foundation of this series. You probably won't "get" this post without the introductory posts.
Please understand that it is kind of a scary thing to totally lay out your life for people (especially when I don't even know most people who will be reading this.) It might be similar to how you live. It might be very different. A blogging friend of mine got me thinking about how the stereotypes that follow homeschoolers will never change if we aren't willing to share.
If you have questions, feel free to ask, but please be kind in any comments you may have.
Most days at our home begin with the children arising between 6:15 and 7:00. If they sleep past 7:00, it's a miracle.
The boys (7, 5, 2 1/2) typically watch one or two shows on PBS or play with Legos right after waking. This morning it was PBS. During this time I am feeding the baby, getting dressed and getting the baby ready for the day. My husband is typically out of the home by 6:00 to play basketball or exercise. His schedule changes each week and this week he didn't have to leave for work until 8:30.
The Mr. pulled in from basketball at 8:00 and the boys and I were already in the driveway ready to go for some exercise as soon as he got home. The Mr. got ready for work and watched the baby, while I jogged (pushing the two year old in the stroller) and Mowgli and Bud rode their scooters. We went about one and a half miles. We stopped a few times to look at the wildflowers and watch a beetle. We had identified the wildflowers on this route a couple of weeks previous and were trying to remember some of the names.
We were home by 8:30, had family prayer and The Mr. headed to work.
We had breakfast and then did chores. For me that means cleaning up the kitchen and getting the laundry going. For the boys it means making their bed, wiping the bathroom counter, taking out the bathroom trash and a few other jobs that I add in.
Then Mowgli (7) completed his required work: 25 minutes of piano practice, math and handwriting.
While Mowgli was doing this, Bud (5) was playing some crazy made up games with Legos and was pretending to be a magician. Let's just say a 5 year old's magic, isn't very magical, but he sure thinks he's tricky!
Next we all sat in the family room together. Mowgli read aloud from our scriptures stories book while I folded laundry, Bud played with Legos and Hawk roamed around the room.
Most days that we are home we go to the park for about 30 minutes mid-morning with some neighbors who also homeschool.
We came home from the park the boys built pyramids out of sugar cubes while I read aloud to them about Ancient Egypt.
Then it was time for lunch.
After lunch and cleaning up, Mowgli and Bud used their iPad time while I put Hawk and Tigerlily down for a nap.
Mowgli spent some time reading in the early afternoon and I read aloud to Bud and Hawk (he has only been napping for 1 hour lately. Stinker.)
We made a cornstarch mixture which Bud and Hawk played in. Mowgli sat in his room for being a grumpy pants. When he was done being a grumpy pants, he had fun playing in it too.
For the rest of the afternoon and into the evening Mowgli and Bud sewed. Mowgli has learned to sew rice bags (which they like to warm up or play with as bean bags) entirely on his own. The sewing machine sits in our family room, which is open to the dining room and kitchen. The machine remains unplugged until he asks if he can sew, which I let him do as long as I'm going to be in the area. He and Bud sewed 3 beans bags, then they made up a game using bean bags. I played it with them for awhile.
When they tired of their game, they went back to sewing. They cut out the fabric and began sewing a piano bag for Bud. Unfortunately their bag wasn't big enough for piano books. When they sewed the handle on wrong, I told them it was time for dinner and they'd have to finish it another day.
We had dinner as a family. My husband played with the children while I cleaned up.
Around 7:30, my husband and I got the kids ready for bed and had family prayer.
I read aloud to them from our current read aloud, Sarah Plain and Tall.
All three boys are sleeping in the same room now. And not only that, but they like to share a twin bed! I must say I do love that they all love being together, but three boys in one bed?!
With that, the boys went to sleep (after lots of giggling and getting up for a drink).
And that wraps up a very average day around here.
Click HERE for part 4: Day 2 in our real life learning.