The final instalment in the Aussie Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop over at Our Worldwide Classroom. This week’s post is a Day in the Life. I’ve never done one of these, nor ever tried to keep track for a whole day. Here we go!
8:20 Wake up to find Ladybug had climbed in bed with me. Start my day with some good cuddles.
8:30 Up & shower.
8:50 Wash breakfast dishes and others that weren’t done from the night before. Listen to Ladybug & Jitterbug singing outside the window. “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” Normally I’d start a load of laundry but I don’t today since it’s raining. It’s so humid it will never dry if I hang it inside the house.
9:05 My own breakfast. Work on my Bible study at the kitchen table while the kids are playing in the lounge.
9:17 The kids have moved to the kitchen table and brought games. Leave for a quieter location.
9:20 Ladybug found me. Guess that’s as far as I’ll get this morning.
9:30 Start school. We generally start anywhere from 9:30 to 10:30. Skeeterbug starts with his calendar notebook. Then onto Explode the Code and a page from Math Mammoth as daily math practice. Ladybug & Jitterbug work and play nearby. They worry about the dog being out in the rain. The dog is in fact happy to sleep on the porch until he notices the kids through the window.
9:45 Doorbell. We have a package! It’s a new picture book, Bill & Pete Go Down the Nile, to go with our SOTW Ancient Egypt studies.
10:00 Resume work. Why did that take 15 minutes? Handwriting. Lollipop Logic. Memory work: skip counting, poetry, Bible verses. While transforming Optimus Prime.
10:23 Reviewing the states & capitols of Australia as part of our memory work. I ask Skeeterbug the capitol of Australia. He looks at me blankly (obviously we have not reviewed this lately.) I prompt him with “Can…” He responds “Kansas?’” I hang my head in shame. Then I start giggling somewhat uncontrollably. Kansas? Really? “Where is Kansas?” I ask him. “United States,” he responds. Phew. Must be time for map drawing. Guess we’ll do Australia today. I get out our wooden puzzle, he traces the states and uses the puzzle to help him locate the capitols. We repeat them. Then we repeat them again. I made up a song to the tune of “London Bridges” to help us memorise the capitols but he won’t sing it with me today. “Australia has six states, six states, six states. Australia has six states and two territories.”
10:40 Timeline practice. We are putting hand motions to the timeline to make it easier to memorise. This is Early New Kingdom in Egypt (making the shape of a pyramid):
Then the Plagues in Egypt:
10:50 I give Ladybug her new notebook to store her work in. Jitterbug is practicing his cutting. Skeeterbug is working on writing, then spelling. Ladybug practices her cutting as soon as the scissors are available.
When Skeeterbug was quite young he would ask why a sign outside a shop would have its letters a certain way. I explained that was the company’s logo. He’s never forgotten this and he quite often labels logos on his own drawings. Here he has written his spelling word, which he then embellished, and is labelling the part that is the logo.
11:10 Phone call from Dada. Ladybug must talk to him. As she must talk to anyone who calls.
11:15 Time for a break. If I had any laundry to hang out I would do it now. I record what we’ve done so far today then make a snack for the kids. We gather at the table and read a chapter from Leading Little Ones to God. We choose a virtue for the week: I am Obedient. After our snack I check the mail. We observe the spider in his web who is usually not out during the day. We ponder the reason he is missing two legs.
12:10 Back to work. Hmmm, would not have guessed it’s been nearly an hour. We do a Bible lesson and a maths lesson. We play Addition War. Just like war but you add your two cards together. Ladybug & Jitterbug are elsewhere in the house playing. Their favourite spot lately has been the bathroom sink.
Looks excited, doesn’t he?
12:55 Break to let the dog out, interrupting our game. We are often interrupted by the dog needing out, or in, or rescuing something (sometimes a child’s limb or finger) from his mouth.
1:00 Reading lessons from OPGTR, we do several. Next Skeeterbug reads to me from his reader. Then I read to him from our current read-aloud, Henry Huggins.
1:35 Done with reading. Time for another snack. Or maybe we should call it lunch. The kids watch part of a Magic School Bus DVD from the library. A break for me. I wish I could say we got right back into it all. I had plans to work on astronomy, but I didn’t want to start something when we soon had to leave the house. Honestly I was quite hard on myself about it. I had to keep reminding myself how much we did get done and that every second doesn’t need to be in academic pursuit. The kids spend this time just playing together.
3:00 Into the car for a chiropractor appointment that had been re-scheduled from last week when I forgot it. Wish I hadn’t scheduled it for the middle of the afternoon.
3:45 Home to play in the rain. Again quite hard on myself for not doing more work. Try to convince myself we got enough done. We covered all the basics, that’s enough for today.
Dada was home about 5:00, earlier than usual. He nicely fixed dinner and I was able to leave for Bible study early. That meant I had time to return some library books and stop into Aldi’s for a look at their weekly specials. Then after Bible study I stopped at the supermarket to stock up on food for the rest of the week. When I came home the kids were already in bed, so it was nice and quiet in the house. A bit of work on the computer then off to bed myself, reading a bit first. I always stay up too late, so I won’t mention the time.
Stop by Our Worldwide Classroom for more Day in the Life posts from other Aussie homeschoolers. Thanks to Kylie for hosting this blog hop.