Our Day at a Glance
I am sharing this section with you because often I hear questions from people on what the structure of our day looks like and how I handle all that needs to be accomplished in a day.
The biggest problem in trying to give you a picture of a typical day in our home, is we can have so few of them! But each day seems that it has a particular flow to it that helps us to make sure we accomplish at least the major things in a day. Here is a look at our day, and what we do…
6:00 to 7:00 – Everyone wakes up, mom is first and kids follow. Everyone must dress, make their beds, comb hair, etc…
8:00 to 9:00 – Some animal chores, oldest daughter feeds horses their breakfast, next daughter gives goats grain or milks if our doe is in milk. Mom and other daughters make breakfast and we all eat when Dad gets home around 8:30
9:00 to 10:00 – Dad goes to bed, the rest of the kids tackle the chore areas. I try and begin any dinner preps, crock pot meals or start beans cooking, or anything that will help me out later on. Each child has a work area as described in “organizing the housework” and each one takes care of that area before school begins. As soon as they finish they begin working on their math lessons. My youngest 3 children and I go outside to take care of the chickens and then come in to work on school. They are 3rd grade, 1st grade, and preschool. Usually my 3rd grader begins his math work book and I help my 1st grader start on her phonics practice on the computer (Phonics Tutor), when they are work I spend time with my preschooler. We practice the alphabet, count and I read to him, and work on the U.S. puzzle as he is currently learning the states. By that time my other 2 are ready to work on their next subject and I move back and forth between the 2 helping wherever they need it. We do this until lunch time.
12:30 – Lunch preps, and Lunch time
1:00 to 3:00 – This time is spent with my older girls. They work on their reports (reading, note taking, writing etc..) , work on spelling and grammar skills (I use Winston Grammar). Sometimes we work on one specific topic as a group. This last fall we studied nutrition with the Sue Gregg cookbooks and learned so much together.
3:00 to 5:00 – Now each of us may have different things to take care. Horse work, goat work, garden work, or if it is raining or cold we work inside on sewing and crafts, or sometimes chores and non-maintenance cleaning jobs such as cleaning out the refrigerator or dust cobwebs and this type of thing.
5:30 to 6:00 – finish dinner preps and serve dinner
6:30 to 7:00 – dinner clean-up, and some free time, finally! :)
7:30 to 8:30 – I pack up my hubby’s lunch and he heads to work, I then spend 30 minutes on my tread mill, walking, also the goats get put to bed, horses get put in there bed and in the winter we bring wood in for the next mornings fire.
9:00 to 10:00 – the 3 youngest children go to bed first and then the older girls go to bed before 10:00. I spend some computer time and then head to bed myself.
Now, not every day goes like this, but these are considered the good days – LOL I leave one day a week for Bible study, and piano lessons. On that day, we get about half the normal school work done. On half days, I require math only and time spent reading, and study spelling words and this type of thing (just the basics). Usually there is another day in the week were we go into town and run errands and do our grocery shopping and again it is usually just a half day worth of school work. However despite the half days we seem to have no problems finishing our Saxon math books each year along with all English lessons and my children are voracious readers and read lots of classic literature for history and read books from the library on science topics (these become the topics of their weekly reports).
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