I’d like to think that we have our days scheduled and we follow it perfectly. But honestly, that’s a laugh. With four kids that are five and under, we get plenty of curve balls thrown our direction. In fact, while I try and type this out, I’ve got a two year old screaming at me that he “wants to cuddle” and honestly, nothing will stop this sweet, stubborn boy.
So here I sit typing and teaching and trying to encourage my other children and not let the baby get trampled on as his older brother clambers on top of me. It’s a lot to juggle.
We start our days off with breakfast. It’s usually gourmet and with all the fixings…and by gourmet, I mean cereal and milk. It’s what they ask for, so that’s what they get. During this time we listen to our monthly hymn. This month our hymn is Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us. We’re following the monthly plan by Happy Hymnody. We eat breakfast and sing along, and the kids fight over asking Alexa to repeat the song. When they’re done eating, they clear the table and do the dishes.
After breakfast we try to have morning time. Our morning time consists of our read aloud and our Bible story. Currently we’re reading Charlotte’s Web and our Bible story comes from the Jesus Storybook Bible. This time is hit or miss depending on their moods. I tend to let them play quietly as they listen to me read. They have chosen to play either Lego or with their dinosaurs lately. Today we made a pallet and snuggled and pretended to be camping while we read. I liked this a lot because the kids were actually quiet and listening, so I think we’ll try this method again and see if it works. After we read, my oldest narrates what we just read in the chapter.
Then comes getting dressed and making beds while I attempt to get lessons organized for the day and get the baby down for his morning nap. If I’m lucky, the kids cooperate, but I’m rarely lucky. Most of the time I have at least one other child screaming at me for something.
Our only daily subjects are poetry, math, and copywork. Poetry might be our favorite lesson of the day. We have a poet a week and read a poem of theirs a day. When we’re done with the poem, Johanna draws a picture describing what she heard. Math is a little harder for us to enjoy, but I try to make it fun. During math, the baby tends to wake up and join us for the lesson.
After math, we rotate between science and reading lessons. Our science is simple, because she’s in kindergarten and I like simple. So for science, she gets to watch an episode of Wild Kratts and then tells me about what she learned. For reading we’re working our way through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I’ve heard great things about this book, so I have high hopes for it. Honestly, Johanna isn’t really into reading right now, so I’m trying not to force her.
Finally, we end the day with copywork. Right now we’re working our way through the alphabet and just copying down our letters. I hope to add sightwords into our copywork, but I haven’t figured out how to incorporate that just yet.
Lunch, rest, and play end out our day. We try to get outside, but since it’s still in the 90s here, it hasn’t been easy. Hopefully, it’ll start cooling own soon and we’ll be able to get out more.
I leave a lot of room in our day for breaks and meltdowns, and if we don’t get it all accomplished, that’s okay! I try to be flexible, but it’s not easy. Things are bound to change as we work on finding a rhythm that works for us. We’re learning how to do this together, so there are bound to be plenty of growing pains, but I’m pleased with where things are now.