Friday, January 26, 2007

Another Day Minute by Minute

6:30 a.m. I woke up, again #5 of 6., read church newsletter, started a load of wash
7:00 a.m. Grace woke up, Lee showered, Grace showered, Ray has a tummyache (diarrhea), breakfast for everyone (toast, blackberry jelly, honey, coffee, orange juice, RubyRed juice, Kix, Shredded Wheat, we're out of milk)
8:00 a.m. clean up kitchen, switch over laundry to dryer, I showered
8:30 a.m. dad and Lou left for town to do some banking, look at riding mowers and get Lee one last birthday gift
9:00 a.m. Ray and I fed animals, Grace started on CHC spelling and journal writing
9:20 a.m. Lee started on his seatwork, Ray and I set a number puzzle (he surprised me by knowing where all the pieces went)
9:45 a.m. worked from CHC Behold and See, Chapter 3
10:15 a.m. changed into town clothes, went to the dentist for sealants, Lee stayed in the waiting room reading magazines, I took Ray for a walk, when Lee had his turn Grace helped the receptionist by putting stamps on envelopes
12:00 p.m. home again, lunchtime, Ray napped, did noon chores, folded clothes
1:00 p.m. Grace and Lee worked on taking down the Christmas tree, finally, I made brownies for Lee's birthday party tomorrow
1:30 p.m. Ray woke up not feeling well, major diarrhea again (actually got on the wall and under the trim work, yuk!), Ray had a bath, I cleaned the floor, the kids complained of the smell
1:50 p.m. carried all the totes to the basement
2:00 p.m. did afternoon chores, I blogged, Grace and Lee watched a movie
3:00 p.m. dad and Lou got back, Lou settled down to watch the movie, Ray played and had a snack of dry cereal

I hear from so many wanna be homeschoolers that homeschooling sounds like a good idea, but they don't know how they would ever fit it all in and get the housework/home management done. It doesn't always happen perfectly. Some days school rules, some days chores rule, some days fun rules, some days helping out family members rules. Life keeps going and the kids learn from it all. School doesn't need to happen during set times or happen around the table all the time; we try to infuse learning into most parts of the day, whether we are helping out friends (character development), doing Math at the table, cooking or other housework, helping dad in the shop or on the marsh or just playing.