This is part four of a seven part series. If you missed parts one through three, I suggest starting at the beginning so you can get the foundation of this series.
understand that I am being very open in sharing a week in our life. It
might be similar to how you live. It might be very different. Please remember that a single blog post or series of blog posts does not fully capture someone's life. We have struggles and contention and frustration and I am plumb-tuckered out by 8:00 p.m.
One blogging friend got me thinking about how people will never understand those of us who are real-life learners if they aren't given a chance...
So, here's your chance. :)
have questions, feel free to ask, but please be kind in any comments you
Today we were up at 6:45. One day a week Mowgli (7) and Bud (5) take classes out of the home. The kids all watched Curious George while I cooked breakfast and packed lunches. The big boys got themselves dressed and ready and by 7:50 we were loading into the van for our 30 minute drive to the learning center. We listened to an audiobook on Ancient Egypt during our drive.
I walked the boys to their classes. Bud stays with the same group of same-aged children and one teacher all day long, except for one hour when the entire class goes to tumbling together, they have another teacher. The tumbling studio is attached to the learning center and is amazing.
Mowgli takes classes with other children who are 7 and 8 (so technically they are 2nd and 3rd graders). Mowgli takes 6 one-hour classes: karate, sewing, tumbling, science lab, art and musical theater. (Last year they did Suessical, I don't know what they will be doing this year.) They also have a 30 minute lunch together.
The boys LOVE their day at the learning center and so do I! It gives me a chance to hang out with the babies for a day and to have a change of pace. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that we are getting 6 hours of extra-curricular activities done in one day. We don't have to run all over town, all week long get this done. Even though this is a learning center specifically and only for homeschooled children we are not legally recognized as homeschoolers because of our participation..
Anyway, moving along.
I ran errands with Hawk and Tigerlily: the bank, post office and store. Soon after we got home I put the babies down for a nap and then baked a treat and made preparations for a church activity that night that I was in charge of.
The time went so quickly that before I got everything done that I wanted, it was time to go back to pick them up. I spend two hours in the car on these days, (30 minutes each way, two times.) It is worth it to me as I am still able to have 5 1/2 hours at home with just the littles.
I am always so excited to hear about their day. Bud made a shaduf and was so excited to show it to me. We had learned what a shaduf was the week previous. Bud mentioned that his teacher read him the same book we read. (The Story of the World!) I am really excited that he will be getting to do the same history at the learning center that we are doing at home.
Next we went for a nature walk to a waterfall that is in the vicinity of where the boys take classes. It sprinkled on us a bit and there was some cloud cover. It was perfect. We were alone at the waterfall for most of the time. A nice man came along on a bicycle and bought some fish food for each of the boys so they could feed the fish. He complimented them on their patience to throw one little pebble of food at a time, rather than throwing it all in at once.
The boys played in the little stream that leads away from the waterfall, collected rocks and tried to catch grasshoppers. They ditched their shirts because they were getting all wet and all three of them ended up wet and muddy. (I like to think Charlotte Mason would be proud.)
On the way home we stopped for an ice cream cone. The boys know that "school days" mean an ice cream cone on the way home.
When we got home I had to finish preparing for our youth activity and the moment The Mr. walked in the door, I was off to the church.
After the activity, I was exhausted but I felt prompted to visit my elderly-widow friend that lives near our church. It was about 8:30 when I knocked on her door. She was thrilled to see me and I was glad I decided to following that prompting. We visited for about 45 minutes.
When I arrived home, The Mr. was watching football and all the children were in bed. He had cleaned up, so the house was nice and tidy and ready to start another day. (Bless him! He is really clean and neat and it is such a blessing to me!)
I read through some of the blogs I follow (on Bloglovin') and then we called it a day.
And that wraps up another pretty average day in our household.
UP NEXT: Day 3 in our real-life learning