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Day in the Life

When I was first thinking about homeschooling and even when I was a beginning homeschooler, I spent a lot of time looking for blogs of a typical day in the life of a homeschooler. I think a lot of people do. The thing is, there are so many different types of people and ways to homeschool that, of course, no two families have similar days. Heck, my days aren’t even similar to each other!

We do not have a typical day. Like I’ve said before, the second anything seems to regular or organized, my little beings of chaos get upset.

Anyway, here is an example of A day. Not a typical day, not a normal day… just a day. It’s a Thursday — usually we would go to co-op (I fully expected to!) but the kids decided to just stay home and spend time together. (Referring to the kids as BK, MK, and LK for big, middle and little…)

08:03 — I woke up, lay in bed reading email, Facebook until 8:30.

reading08:31 — I went downstairs to find the MK reading to the LK. Time for coffee!

hot chocolate08:47 — Coffee and hot chocolate time! We are so tired of winter.

08:49 — Kids are singing the “bottles of beer on the wall” song, but they started at zero and went negative. The MK just learned about negative numbers, so that’s fun practice.

09:06 — Reading history. The kids decided we were doing American History now (specifically the USA, not so much native cultures before that — we covered a lot of that when we studied world history). Today we’re reading about the Mayflower and William Penn. In the meantime, the LK played with an abacus.

teslaAndDrawing09:30 — LK is investigating Tesla coils more. BK doing a lesson in his online Minecraft mod class. MK decided to draw a still life of fruit. We talked about ways to make apples and oranges look different: shape, texture, and so forth.

09:45 — LK decides to paint.

draw and paint10:00 — MK now tracing horses to learn more about how things look in 2d. BK is setting up a mine craft world for his sisters. LK is telling a story about her painting.

fruit10:36 — Now we are eating second breakfast. MK is back to drawing fruit, making a picture of a picnic basket. The LK starts sketching things to be like her sister and works on her potty training.

fruitBasket10:48 — MK finishes picnic picture. Nice shading! Kids go play Minecraft while I read some Twitter.

11:11 — LK comes back to draw, I continue Twitter…

recipe11:33 — Twitter is really talky today. Big kids still playing Minecraft. LK is writing a recipe book on vellum.

hairPotion11:43 — LK has me trim her bangs and saves the clippings. For a project. A potion, apparently. It’s a potion recipe book.

12:03 — I finally decide to get dressed. Can’t find clean pants. Starting laundry! LK made hair portions in a big test tube with her hair and juice squeezed out of a juice pouch. (Wha?!) Big kids still on Minecraft.

12:15 — Big kids empty dishwasher, I start folding a week of clothes. Ugh. Also, I’m walking in place to please the Fitbit.

12:27 — Change a dirty diaper, remind MK to actually empty dishwasher. More laundry and jogging.

12:45 — Posted on the blog for throwback Thursday. Making more food for kids. The big kids tell me the LK drank her hair potion. (EEW!) Now she’s pretending to be a soot sprite.

13:15 — I paused folding laundry to update the blog’s CSS file because I hate serifed fonts online.

powdertoy13:45 — The girls are making sweet rolls. BK is playing with Powder Toy. He’s enjoying experimenting with gravity and orbits. Also, rubidium and making things explode.

13:51 — I guess I should do some dishes.

sweet rolls14:13 — Dishes and sweet rolls complete. Kids eating (again?!?) and making up stories.

curry14:54 — I cooked some curry for me. The girls are tracing fairies and making up silly stories. The BK is watching a YouTube video discussing the legality of who owns The Moon.

15:16 — Now that I’m done eating, it’s time to fold more laundry.

16:07 — …instead I read Facebook. I hate this sinus infection. I’m just so tired. The girls just came looking for food. How many meals do they eat a day?!? Husband just got home a bit ago, too. He’s roasting coffee and taking pictures of birds. I need to start getting MK ready for ballet…

laundry16:10 — Time to fold more laundry and get more steps for the Fitbit. I just got the Helicopter award for climbing 500 floors of stairs!

16:30 — Ended up with a migraine and sat down in bed. Taking Tylenol and medicinal Coke.

17:00 — Finished enduring a migraine, ready to take MK to ballet. This is when I apparently forgot to keep taking pictures.

17:30 — At ballet! Watching cute kids, chatting with amusing 4th grader who is the older brother of another kid in the class.

18:15 — Ballet is over, time to go home!

18:45 — Home. Kids all making random dinners of leftovers and easily cobbled-together items.

18:58 — Time to jog. The Fitbit demands it. Basically, we jog in a circle in the main floor of our house through the kitchen, hallway to the font door, then through the den. They all inter-connect. I’ll read twitter or RSS feeds, or chat with the husband.

19:46 — Almost done with my 5 miles. MK is eating ramen, BK is playing Minecraft with friends in California, LK is watching Clifford.

20:00 — Kids get dressed for bed, brush teeth, find their water, pick out books for bed.

20:30 — I snuggle with girls upstairs while BK watches TV with dad. Tonight the MK reads her first chapter book all the way through by herself! It takes an hour and a half. Her sister falls asleep partway through.

21:00 — BK goes to bed to listen to music, read, watch Youtube videos, and so forth. The girts and I are still reading…

21:30 — Still reading… though the LK has now fallen asleep.

22:00 — Finally done! Lights out, audiobook on, a few snuggles and MK falls asleep. I say goodnight to the BK. Husband still hasn’t finished his steps for his Fitbit (he does about twice as many as I do) so he finished those up which I watch Psych.

23:00-ish — We go to bed.

And that’s it! It’s a rather art- and Minecraft-heavy day. Not nearly as frantic as when the kids were a few years younger. I can’t wait for spring so we can get out more!


A Day In the Life…

I’ve tried to write a “day in the Life” post before, but my days are so busy I usually forget to keep writing things down after only a couple of hours. Thanks to Moment Diary on my phone, I managed to actually take notes for almost the entire day last Tuesday. I tried not to make any out-of-the-ordinary plans. I know that a lot of homeschoolers feel pressure to only post good days and not giant failures. I decided I’d post whatever actually happened. Happily, it ended up being a pretty good day anyway.

8:30 am
Up at 8:30 and woke up the baby. We’re having a problem with the kids staying up really late and sleeping in so I’m trying to get them up a bit earlier each day. The boy happened to get up at the same time (yay!). He starts to heat up leftover pizza for him and baby while I catch up on FaceBook, twitter, email, and order xmas presents from woot kids.

9:00 am
The girl gets up and also eats pizza.

9:15 am
The girl continues to eat, the boy empties out the dishwasher, and the baby opens the fridge and starts chugging chocolate syrup.

9:30 am
Went down to start laundry and get clothes. They haven’t been put away in a month. We’ll pretend that’s just because of my injury and not a regular occurrence. 😉

9:45 am
Baby and I took a bath, followed by the girl. This involved a lot of grumpiness while the baby ran around and made me chase her. At the same time, the boy gets some computer time before school and he chooses to play some minecraft.

10:00 am
Aaaaand.. the baby still isn’t dressed. Maybe I can tell the boy that’s his first assignment for school….

10:10 am
Vocabulary for the boy! I read about the word grotesque while he draws with our new fine tip prang markers (they are quite inspiring. 36 colors, lots of control. I hope the baby doesn’t eat them.) Meanwhile, the girl plays minecraft and the baby wanders around grabbing markers and harassing everyone.

10:20 am
Grammar for the boy — review verb tenses, learn perfect vs imperfect, review adverbs.

10:25 am
The boy does a couple logic problems in Logic Safari while I clean up markers from the baby.

10:33 am
Girls still playing minecraft. The boy practices writing numbers. I order a new, harder logic book…

10:37 am
Switch! The boy plays “everybody edits”, the baby is sort of on the DS. The girl starts drawing while I read kidpower about checking first with your adult before you go places, pet things, and accept things from strangers.

10:56 am
Trying to read a book, but the baby likes it and is offended that someone else is holding it. We end up giving up.

11:08 am
girl goes back to minecraft. School breaks for my first breakfast and their second. I make vanilla milk, sausage, and chicken nuggets for various people.

11:15 am
Field call from husband about amazon special on something to give baby. Accidentally pour way too much vanilla in milk so we mix all together and repour. I continue to cook sausage…. son is serving vanilla milk while the baby drags around a bucket calling it a potty and the boy fields questions (from his sister halfway across the house) about minecraft. Then the kids take out the trash and recyclables and I rescue another baby mantis from the pizza box and put him in the herb garden. The choas is palpable.

11:30 am
Wednesday is a “day off” of activities usually, even when I can drive, so it’s usually our house cleaning day and we do more school than other days. The kids watch TV while they eat and I try to finish taking out recycling, eat sausage,  do the dishes, and rescue another mantis!

12:00 pm
Had to stop repeatedly to get baby unstuck from chair, to stop eating paper, etc.. whew! Now for a couple minutes rest while I make a grocery list.

12:30 pm
Made two little books with the girl while the boy plays on the computer. Baby tries to eat and choke on stickers. Might be plans for the girl to play with her cousin! whee!

12:45 pm
The sun is out and so are we!

1:00 pm
The kids make obstacle courses for each other. The wind chill is about 34. The girl is wearing a dress and for some crazy reason the baby takes her jacket off. I find gloves.

1:15 pm
The baby decide we’re going inside and nurses to sleep while I check facebook stuff and kids played on computer.

1:45 pm
Help the girl pack for a sleepover at her cousin’s house

2:00 pm
Eating popcorn, drinking tea, coloring with the girl, sending grocery list to the husband, check amazon deals, color some more. Boy still on computer, baby still sleeping. Wow! I get to spend time with the 5 year old for a change!

3:00 pm
Baby demands I help her nap. I inwardly groan — bedtime will be late again…

4:30 pm
The girl went to her cousin’s and the boy makes brownies!

5:30 pm
Husband comes home, we put away groceries, brownies cool, I make dinner — meatballs, bok choi, and pineapple from the 6 lb can.

6:00 pm
Nurse baby (again?!), dinner is done, boy playing with paper airplanes, the husband is making fractal art.

6:30 pm
(the baby got my phone…)

7:00 pm
Watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Does this count as history?

9:00 pm
Winding down for bed. The husband is checking email, I’m on the floor being body slammed by the baby, the boy is on the computer while we all watch Psych.

…and I didn’t manage to take any more notes. Baby fell asleep around 11pm…. An amazingly quiet evening since the girl was gone. Bedtime with her is usually a lot of extra work….