What to do today… Welcome to our typical homeschool day. Well, almost typical. We hope you enjoy looking into every minute and hour of one day. You will find out everything that we do together and individually. So, without further ado, here is our day!
6:00-7:20am – Good Morning!
We woke up, got dressed, the children played nicely together while I had my devotional time and then I got ready while they did their chores (more on chores in another post coming soon).
7:20-7:50am – Breakfast time!
They usually have bagels with cream cheese, Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, banana and orange juice. They sometimes have eggs. I usually have eggs and toast. We love local fruit preserves with our toast and bagels too.
7:50-8:20am – Computer time!
My children do their online Math and Logic on Mondays and Wednesdays. My youngest does her online Language Arts and Reading on Tuesdays and Fridays while my son does his Chinese online as well as Logic. Their lessons are 15-20 minutes and then they do Logic until the 30-minute mark. Mom does her blog chores like promoting and sharing new posts, etc.
This is really close to our typical homeschool day schedule, although some things vary. I am a creature of habit, but at the same time, I keep things changing a bit to keep them interesting and to keep us from burning out.
8:20-8:50am – Clean-up, planning and play time!
While I clean up the kitchen from breakfast and I plan for dinner (take frozen items out to defrost, see what we need for the recipe, etc), my children go to play out in the backyard. It helps them to release some of their wiggles, if you will, and I feel better organized when I know what dinner will be and when I need to start it. I made a list of things we needed from the grocery store.
8:50-9:30am – Check on our precious pets in Science class!
We are currently studying insects in our zoology unit and we have our caterpillars eating their little hearts out, in preparation for their metamorphosis. We made our observation notes on how they have grown and changed. We then went on to doing our lesson on how caterpillars start the process of becoming pupas.
9:30-10:30 Library and Grocery Store Time!
We went to the local library to return some of our library books and to hang out to read some there. We also picked up some books we had ordered through inter-library loans. After reading a couple of books, we headed to the grocery store next-door. We picked up the goodies we needed and headed home. This outing was out of the ordinary when it comes to grocery shopping. We usually use this time to do our workout. We love doing either Insanity or T25 or P90X when we workout indoors.
10:30-11:30am – Clean-up and Lunch Time!
We unloaded the groceries from the car and put them all away. I put the ground beef that I was defrosting in the oven to cook for dinner. Then we had lunch. Today, we had hummus, pita bread, carrot and cucumber slices and some fruit salad. I totally forgot to take pictures!
11:30am-12:00pm – Lunch Prep and Practice!
Once lunch was over and the ground beef was cooked, we made our prep for our crockpot lasagna. My children love to help with the layers. Brother started while Sister was practicing her piano and then when she was done, they switched. Then we went to the piano to practice our tin whistle together.
12:00-12:45pm – Desk Work and Bible Class!
Once the lasagna was in the crockpot, we moved on to the homeschool room. Brother did his 3 subjects of paper-and-pencil work: Social Studies, Literature & Creative Writing and Spelling. Sister and I were working on her reading lesson. After that, we did our awesome Bible lesson.
12:45-1:15pm – History Class!
We are learning about what history and archaeology are and about the first people. We read a book about that and a couple or encyclopedias. We also read a chapter in Story of the World. We made cave paintings using a brown paper bag, coal and chalk. We loved it!
1:15-2:15pm – Language Arts and Geography!
We learned about nouns and verbs using the 3D Montessori model and the moveable alphabet. This lesson will be detailed in a blog post soon. Once we finished, we moved on to a super fun geography lesson on Russia. It was one of our Little Passports monthly subscription deliveries. I collected several things from Russia that we had to complement the lesson, like these beautiful Matryoshkas.
Note: Some days, we skip this last set of lessons and we have room time. Room time is a time where my children go to their room to play and read and generally rest. Sometimes, they invite each other to their room to play. They can do that as long as they play nice. This is especially great for their development. They grow their imaginative play since they love to play dress-up and board games grow their intellect. It comes in handy for me as a mom on days when I have business or household things to take care of (via phone calls or websites).
2:15-3:15pm – Fun Time!
We were done with school for the day and we had a snack before heading to the playground near our home. We had apples and carrots. I had a handful of almonds. We took water bottles to the park and we played and played until 3:15pm.
3:15-4:30pm – Ballet Time!
We went home to get ready for ballet class. I love teaching the class of 4- and 5-year old girls that are excited to dance and to be all girly. We had so much fun!
4:45-6:15pm – Dinner Time!
We got home to find that the lasagna was ready! Yay! I love crockpot dinner days! We set the table, I made garlic bread in the oven and we ate. So delicious. Then we cleaned up the entire kitchen. Done! Yes!
6:15-7:00pm – Family Time!
We hung out together, we talked about our day, we fixed odd and ends, etc. Hubby and I sat together to smile and stare at each other, or pretty much that while the kids were playing and hanging out with us.
7:00-7:30pm – Privilege Time!
When my children don’t get smily faces taken away from their discipline chart, they get 30 minutes of privilege time. If one of 5 gets taken away, they have to do a chore to get it back. This chore is done during privilege time. My son had to go organize his sock bin and shoe bin for the 2 smileys he got taken off. My daughter had to go put her clothes away for her one smiley. Then they played chess and practiced tae kwon do with dad.
7:30-8:00pm – Bath and Bedtime!
Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. Tomorrow is golf and co-op, so we go to bed early. Tomorrow is also ninja day at co-op, so Brother got his mask ready before bed. He took it off before I tucked him in, but husband got to take the picture of him wearing it. Funny guy!
What to do today… Our Typical Homeschool Day Schedule
As you can see, we had a really full day. We have a big mix of activities and cover lots of subjects. We have fun and play outside a lot. Feel free to ask any questions about our day. I hope you were inspired to incorporate things that maybe you hadn’t thought of. What does your day look like?
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