I know this might sound weird since I blog...but I really like my privacy.
It is actually really hard for me to think that complete strangers might be reading some of my innermost thoughts and struggles let alone my friends!(gasp) And of course I am always afraid of some creeper reading my blog.
Though I don't always go into detail about my personal life I try to be as real and transparent as I can without spilling my guts too much. I realize though that to have a blog and keep your readers, you really need to be personal.
People can relate to you more when you share the everyday goings on of your life. I know that some of the blogs I enjoy reading are very down to earth. Not only do they inspire me with their heart, faith and creativity but they share their mundane everyday, their highlights and their failures. I feel like if we met in person I wouldn't be intimidated by them because even though I look up to them and think they are so cool, they have shown again and again how human they are. They keep it personable and that's why I keep reading their blogs.
So I thought I would give it a stab to be more personal and share with you what a typical homeschool day looks like in our house.
Start the day right
We usually have breakfast at 7:30/8:00.
Here is a great recipe.
I like to start our school day reading the Bible and praying. We try to start at 9:00 but some days are negotiable;) I used to rush right into school some days and skip Bible but I have made it a priority now and it's my favorite part of our homeschool day.
I love how God always speaks to me during this time, through his word and through my kids. We just finished Mark and have now started Genesis by the kids request. Kid's prayers are the best! Right now they are praying for a house with a swimming pool. Me not, so much though I would love a pool, they just scare me with little ones. But who knows, maybe God will answer their prayers when they are older;)
Today we started with math. It has been so nice in the mornings, so I took them outside and we had a math race. It didn't go as well as I would of liked because they started fighting over who went first.
I can say without partiality that my children are very gifted artists. I could not draw the things that draw even though I like to draw as well. Since they love anything to do with art, I try to incorporate it as much as I can in all our subjects.
I am so thankful that we have a school room in our 2 bedroom house, but I find myself on the couch a lot with the kids when I am reading to them or need to do individual work. The kitchen table is great too when I need to multitask.
When I am focused on doing school with Israel and Judah the three younger ones play and occupy themselves...most of the time but that means lots and lots of messes. I have been trying to back off from cleaning throughout the day so much and clean up when we are done with school or else I just wear myself out and get frustrated at the kids.
Our day would not be complete without a picture of somebody crying. Nap time doesn't come soon enough for this little guy. He is proving to be my most high maintenance child yet. I can't turn around without finding him getting into something and making a huge mess. But boy is he cute and he brings so much joy to this home. I have to say he is the biggest distraction from school. Not only for myself but for the boys. They are always getting up from their school work to go kiss him or play with him. They love their baby brother!
We break for lunch around 11:30/12:00 and start school back up at 1:00 or sooner depending on how long we take to eat and clean up. I like to get math, spelling, language, reading and writing done before lunch and finish science and history after lunch. Though we don't do every subject each day.
Today we combined history and science as we are learning about inventors and today was the Wright brothers. So obviously we studied flight. We watched a Bill Nye the Science guy episode about flight and then made paper helicopters and airplanes. Science is definitely the kids favorite subject and mine also so we tend to spend a little more time on it.
My ideal time to be finished with school is 2:00 but some days we finish later and some days we finish sooner. The biggest thing that has helped me maintain my cool during hard days, is to be flexible. Since I want to stay sane I have had to learn to roll with the punches and just do what works best for us, not putting pressure on myself to get everything done.
I was so impressed by their airplane making skills. They have really perfected them. I think Israel might grow up to be an engineer.
This is what our school desk looks like at the end of the day! Scary, I know! I am trying to get more organized but for the most part I have found that no matter how much I try to keep things clean or organized; with 5 kids there are going to be messes. So after school the kids and I clean up and get the school room back to order so it will be ready for tomorrow.
After school the kids go outside, watch t.v., draw or play legos. I love when I find them huddled all together looking at a book or playing legos together. But I always strongly
force encourage them to go outside if we have been inside most of the day and they are starting to drive me crazy!
I consider learning how to help and cook a part of my children's education. It makes me so happy to see them want to pitch in and lend a hand instead of having to nag them. They love to help make meals, so much so that they end up fighting over who gets to pour and mix.
If I am making a time consuming meal I try to start cooking at 4:00 and have dinner on the table no later than 6:00.
Tonight we made our own pita bread and gyros. It was so much fun and so good! I try to make at least one new recipe a week since I know Josh loves eating new meals and of course I do too! I want to introduce the kids to new foods also. Here is the recipe from half baked harvest. I used venison that my husband brought home from hunting. It turned out great!
What does your homeschooling day look like?