I've had some questions lately about our rhythm and where I'm getting my ideas for school.
Let me start by reminding anyone who is reading this that we do NOT do it all.
Our day is NOT perfect.
My days are NOT free from tears, whether they be my almost 9 year old daughter's, my other child's or MINE.
My days are NOT free from chaos ~ two dogs that drive me crazy most of the time and make it impossible to keep my house clean, three kittens that do the same, paychecks that continue to get smaller, bills that cannot be paid, stress and more stress and my constant feelings of failure.
Please do not look at a post on my site and think that I have it all together.
Because I do not.
I am TRYING.
Each day is a new day.
And, each day I NEED a new day ... to make up for the one before it.
I am only starting to feel like we are getting into a groove. But, we still don't have any math because I don't have any and I have no way of buying what I want/need. So, while our homeschool may be gaining some ground and moving in the direction of success, it is by no means perfect.
And, I'm utterly distracted. ALL . THE . TIME .
I truly want to be a PRESENT parent, but I fail miserably at that ... daily.
I am distracted because I am always planning (the upcoming school year, the next twelve school years, next week's school, you name it) ahead (in my head) and thus cannot just BE in the moment.
I am distracted because I am stressed about money.
I am distracted by animals and clutter and dust and dirt and hair and loud and hyper children who bicker.
So, if your house feels chaotic and you look here and think for even a second "Why can't I get it together like HER?", stop yourself. Because, ironically I am looking at your blog thinking the same exact thing! :)
Well, now that I got all of that off of my chest, let me answer a couple of questions.
The basic daily rhythm looks like this:
- Morning Routine (dress, make bed, breakfast, teeth, animals, etc.)
- Chores (we're working on this ~ honestly THEY do theirs more often than I do)
- Snack & Recess (tends to stretch FOREVER)
- Quiet Time
- Play Outside
- PJs, Teeth, Read Aloud
Sometimes we find it hard to start again after recess. But, honestly that is MY fault, not theirs. They are out there having fun and I get distracted and don't feel like doing school anymore. I'm working on that.
I don't plan too much in a day.
I purposely don't plan to have more than about 2 to 2 1/2 hours worth of school because MOMMY doesn't want to do it after lunch. The idea is to start about 9:30, snack around 10:30 or so and then school some more from 11:00 or 11:30 to 12:00 or 12:30.
Our Weekly Rhythm looks like this:
- Monday ~ Home ... School
- Tuesday ~ Home ... School
- Wednesday ~ School in a.m., library and Handwork group in afternoon
- Thursday ~ NO SCHOOL ... Homeschool Group
- Friday ~ Home ... School
- Saturday ~ Clean
- Sunday ~ Family Time ... Football
One thing we've recently started and is working VERY well is that we have a Science Lesson on Sunday with Daddy. I'm ashamed to admit that my straight-A getting self has the hardest time wrapping my brain around moon and earth and sun and rotation and seasons and all of that stuff. I have "book smarts" but get all mixed up with some very common sense stuff. So, when I looked at my third grade science stuff and saw that the first lessons were about the earth's revolution and the moon and all that stuff that I barely understand myself, I asked my husband if he would like to teach this stuff on Sundays. He said he'd love to. And, he's done a lovely job so far. I even understand it now! Good Job, Daddy!
So, he teaches the concept on the weekend (girls don't even realize it is school) and then I have the Hippie make an entry into her Science Lesson Book on Monday (draw what she learned and write a sentence or two about what she learned). This is working well for us.
Well, I could write forever about school. So many more thoughts running around in my head. But, I must go have dinner with my family. If you are a fellow home-educating Momma and have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I love making new blogging buddies!
Many blessings on YOUR journey. May we all learn to stop comparing ourselves to others. Boy is that one we struggle with constantly!
Love and Light