You are reading a series called “In the Life of a Homeschool Mom of Many” which is running throughout the month of October.
October 2, 2014
So, I had my alarm set for 6:00am and it never went off! I checked on my alarm to see what had happened (it was on my phone) and as soon as I opened it I saw the 6:00am alarm checked and then right before my eyes, without me touching a button, it unchecked itself. So, apparently there was some type of glitch going on there. For someone who has struggled to get out of bed and was actually looking forward to getting up, this was a huge disappointment!
Needless to say, I got up around 7:15am and the children were fighting. I rolled out of bed to neutralize the situation, which was honestly difficult because each party had probable cause. However, yelling back and forth was accomplishing nothing except hurting the other party.
It’s a good thing our devotions have focused on compassion, kindness, and humility this week (ahem).
I poured a cup of coffee and sat down at my desk to check social media while my children finished breakfast and did their morning chores and routine.
We started our devotion time at 8:30am, which was consistently interrupted by my youngest children who struggled to sit quietly during the lesson. This is reality folks.
At 9am we began our formal lessons. I started with four children and we learned more about maps and globes. We then started a leaf and bark collection from our yard. They really enjoyed doing the bark rubbings and checking our field guide to identify the trees.
In between all this I manage to get a load of towels in the washer washing.
After we wrapped up this project, these same four children learned about the water cycle, too. Then I did spelling with two separate groups of children. Once we finished spelling, we took a break for lunch. That was at 12:10pm. I gave the children 50 minutes to eat and spend some time outside playing and burning off some energy. And boy are my boys LOUD — even outside! I sure hope no one is trying to sleep during the day anywhere near our home!
This may (or may not) be a good time to note that I have not gotten dressed yet. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Seriously. That is how it goes.
So, after lunch and “recess”, we started on our math about 1:00pm and worked on that for an hour and a half. Which is really good considering 6 children had math lessons and it usually takes 2 or more hours.
It’s now 2:30pm and I’m starting to get sleepy. Homeschooling is hard work! So after math, I allow the kids to go outside and burn off a little more energy by playing soccer again.
Time to teach writing. Teaching writing to one child while trying to oversee the other children is a challenging endeavor, let me tell you. The other children are generally capable of being able to be independent for a little while, but often there are squabbles to handle.
One thing I struggle to embrace are the constant, constant interruptions. I, personally, find interruptions rude and inexcusable if it’s not an emergency. But, since my kids are kids and not adults, they need to be constantly trained to remember this. It can get frustrating at times (as it did today).
It’s 3:30pm and between interruptions, I finally get writing complete with my eldest.
I go upstairs to get dressed and realize the two littlest (ages 4 and 6) had trashed the upstairs hallway. Apparently they emptied out a closet all over the floor. Nice. So I call them up to clean it. Then, I get dressed, check email and instruct the girls to fold a load of laundry and the boys a load of towels before we leave for ballet class. I know that sounds bad, doesn’t? But it wasn’t leisurely email — it was work email. Then we all work together, trying to get the house tidied before we leave so when we come home it’s not a complete wreck.
We left at 5:00pm for ballet class. Class started at 5:30pm so I hopped over to the coffee shop over in the mall. The ballet class is in the lower level of the mall. So I get comfortable with my lap top to do some client work and the other children socialize with friends while we wait for my eldest daughter’s class to end at 6:30pm.
On our way home I am trying to figure out how I’m going to get dinner made and to the table within 10 minutes of entering the house because I know the kids are hungry and the one hour-to-make dinner I had in mind is just not going to work tonight.
So I give the children a choice: chicken and potatoes which will take about an hour to get on the table or chicken sandwiches which will take about 15 minutes in the oven. The verdict rules: chicken sandwiches.
But my husband calls and has a better idea: Burger King. Yes please. So it’s 7:30PM and we take our food to the living room and turn on an episode of Little House on the Prairie. We are all pretty tired so I am completely OK with this.
The children get to bed by 9pm and the hubby and I unwind with a couple episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Whew! Did it tire you out just to read that? I wanted to add more details, but I didn’t want to end up writing a book!
Tomorrow I’ll try to focus in one one event of the day.
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