This is a little snapshot of what our days look like these days, a little time capsule of sorts to look back on in years ahead. 🙂
0530: Jeremy usually leaves for school between 0630 and 0700, but today it’s a Thursday, so he leaves early to go to Adoration, then continues on to school afterwards.
0600-0730: the kids are usually up sometime between 0600 and 0730, but they play pretty quietly on their own for the first hour of the day. I haven’t been able to fall asleep until the wee hours many nights (thank you, restless legs/pregnancy insomnia), so they know I’m not going to be up at the same time as them. They do pop in and out of my room during this time for the settling of disputes and other urgent matters.
0730-0800: my usual wake-up/get up time these days. I usually say some quiet prayers in bed before getting dressed and greeting the day.
0830: we make some muffins. We’ve got a pretty solid weekday breakfast routine going on here. We have oatmeal (made by James) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; German pancakes on Tuesdays; and muffins on Thursdays. This was a Thursday, so we whipped up some blueberry muffins (you can find my favourite recipe over at Once Upon a Chef) and boiled eggs.
While the muffins baked, James asked if he could do a math worksheet, so I printed one from Math Fact Cafe. He is ALL about math worksheets these days. And about scoring 100%.
Finally ready for brekkie! We added some tea to the mix seeing as a bunch of us have got sore throats today . . . And yes, June LOVES to choose her own colourful outfits, matching or otherwise. She often helps Alice get dressed in the morning, too. 🙂
During breakfast we read through or review a chapter from the New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism. It has a Q+A format with illustrations the kids love to look at over and over. And then we read the Bible story that corresponds to an illustration in the Dore Bible Illustration book and James narrates it. I’m really liking this strategy – the Dore Bible Illustration book has gorgeous, classic illustrations and we can read out of whichever Bible we happen to have on hand (currently the NASB). The kids love paging through this book after breakfast, too and asking questions about dramatic pictures (the children who mocked Elisha getting eaten by bears, etc.).
If the kids are still eating, we also read through some of our other religious readings like Our Island Saints (stories of holy people in the days when Christianity was just coming to Great Britain) or The King of the Golden City (sort of a Catholic version of The Pilgrim’s Progress, meant for children preparing for their First Holy Communion).
Today day we read through a bit of The King of the Golden City. Dilecta (the main character) gives in to Self and her Lamp of Peace (a special gift from the King) goes out for the first time. The kids were very absorbed in the story, and June noted “the Lamp of Peace is getting a bit dim” a bunch of times during some squabbles later in the afternoon. 🙂
Garbage truck rumbles by and everything else is put on pause for a moment:
1000 – the kids disperse and play while I tidy up the kitchen and check my email.
1030 – we walk to the mailbox and the kids play outside for a bit. Notice the kazoo in James’s mouth: “It’s a way of announcing my joy to the world, mom!” Haha!
1100ish – Alice goes down for a nap. She’s getting to that awkward point where she can skip a nap occasionally, and sometimes it takes her a while to fall asleep . . . but quitting her naps right before the baby is born sounds like trouble to me, so we’re persisting for now. Also, look at her snuggle her new dollie, Mimi! Grandma gave her the doll a week or two ago and they’re constant companions. 🙂
1130 – we usually start school a bit after Alice goes down for her nap, but today James and June are rambunctious, so I send them back outside to play for a while. James happily honks his kazoo out there. I get some lunch prepped while the kids play.
1200 – school begins. We read some stories (Aesop’s Fables and The Burgess Bird Book today) and James tells them back to me. Then James completes his copywork, does some reading practice and solves some math problems.
1300 – Alice is usually up from her nap around this time, so we wrap up our lessons, have some lunch and listen to our folk song, French song and a selection of classical music from our term’s composer, Antonin Dvorak.
Alice is two (in case you were wondering), and she loves to show off her muscles. 🙂
1330 – our afternoons are usually unstructured. The kids go play outside for a while, or, if it’s cold out, they play in their rooms or the living room while I do a bit of tidying and get some laundry started. Sometimes I end up spending a lot of time reading about homeschooling online; other times I rest, or read a bit, or do some baking. Today I took care of switching over our bills to our new address in anticipation of moving.
1430 – James’s friend across the street usually comes home from school around this time and the boys often play together. Today the girls and I snuggled on the couch and read some books while the boys played outside.
1530 – the neighbour boy goes home, and the girls head outside. James comes to the door every ten minutes or so to share with me what he’s been up to. I get a bit of reading in.
This book by Cardinal Sarah is AMAZING! He is a humble, insightful, prayerful man with a fascinating story of growing up in the back forty of Africa.
I could underline half of the book – like this quote from Georges Bernanos.
1600 – the kids play indoors.
They’ve been playing church quite often lately (here they’re both are holding up the crucifix while processing into church).
1630 – dinner prep. Jeremy stayed late at school today, and attended a play in the evening so he wasn’t home for dinner (very unusual). So James helped a bit with dinner, and then we said some prayers together as the Lamp of Peace was flickering very, very low.
1730 – dinner time
1815 to 1900 – Jeremy usually reads fairy tales (from the Red Fairy Book or My Book House) to the kids after dinner, or chats with them about their days, or plays a game with them. Today the kids were falling apart because of their sore throats and coughs, so I brought them to bed early.
1900 to 1930 – we usually bring the kids to bed.
1930 till I go to bed – I’m usually rather worn out by this time, so I often take a bath, sometimes listen to an audiobook or watch a show, chat with Jeremy and then head to bed. And get ready to repeat it all the next day! 🙂