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A day in the life of our homeschool family

Monday Sept. 23

Inspired by Sarah’s post here I decided to do my own Day in the Life.  Sadly when I started it this morning, I thought we were going to have a great school day, then life intervened.  I plodded on and did this post today anyway, as testament to homeschooling as a part of real life.

7:30:  we woke up, this is late.  Actually this is when Little Brother wok up and I got up.  Big Brother actually got up at 6 (I thought is was 6:30, Daddy says it was 6) and went in to Daddy and spent some quality time (that is kept Daddy awake).  We were going to go walk with Daddy before he went to work; but that plan didn’t fly when Momma could not wake up and the boys were grumpy.  Daddy went to work and Momma fed the boys.

8:00:  We were doing art.  This is totally odd for us since I generally make them wait till school is done for art; but they have been after me to pai nt nerf darts to make them in to slugs (from Slugterra).  It kinda works if you keep the paint thin; think paint flakes off.

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8:30: we are finally at the table.  Generally we are at the table at 7:30 or 8:00.  I really like the days we are at the table by 7 or 7:30.  Today it was 8:00 which is not all that bad.  Big Brother starts with Penmanship, Little Brother is doing Jump Start Kindergarden on the computer and Momma is cleaning up art and breakfast and putting dinner in the crock pot.

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9:00:  Big Brother has moved on to spelling and Little Brother is getting tired of Jump Start

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9:30 we have to stop table time, that is going really well, and leave for a doctor’s appointment.  The boys did get Journal done before we had to leave.

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9:50 to 11:00 waiting in the WAITING ROOM for a 10:00 am appt.  Then we wait in the exam room 25 more minutes for a 3 minute appointment.  Momma is not a happy Momma.  We did, however, accomplish Memory work (the Preambvle to the Consituion) and watched a School House Rock video too.  We also read over 30 pages in oour World History (Story of the Wolrd Vol 2) 

12:45 : we are finally home, I let Little Brother watch TV, Big Brother heads back to the table to do math and Mom makes a late lunch.  After feeding the boys, and while Big works on math by himself Mom calls a doctors office and makes a few other medical phone calls.

2:00– the boys both take a TV break and Momma makes Epi Pen Packs (2 Epi Pens, typed out instructions, and all medication necessary) for Little Brother’s flying insect sting allergy.tv time

3:00  Grammar is done and Momma calls an end to the school day.  There is more than could and should be done; but by this time in the afternoon the attentions spans are waning.  Today we did NOT do:  Bible / Character, Science, Manners, or Phonics.

I send the boys off to play and I try to get chores does around the house.  Big Brother is writing pages about his slugs.

3:30:   most of the laundry folded Momma sneaks in her first kettle bell / hand weight work out of the day; this SHOULD be work out 2 if not 3 for the day.  Three hours to go to a 3 minutes appt this morning really through the day off (that and sleep till 7:30).

4:45:  we did a full house pick up to get ready for Daddy to come home.  We set the dinner table and watched Wild Kratts on PBS.

setting the table

5:30:  Daddy gets home and dinner is eaten.

6:15 EPI PEN education.  This will have to be repeated; but we made a good start on the boys’ learning their roles in responding to an allergic reaction in Little Brother.

After that we colored a little, Little Brother helped Daddy work on the car a little, and we watched Mystery in the Museum on the DVR

7:40: Bedtime

8:00 Asleep

sleeping boys

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Audio Books

We love audio books.  Audio books offer many benefits, not only do we get to make good use of all our “car time” but Momma doesn’t mangle the names!!

We used to live where “going to town” meant 45 minutes one way, and we started listening to audio stories mainly downloaded from http://www.storynory.com.  In fact, save The Secret Garden, we have almost everything there.  I download them as Mp3s and then put them on my Ipod for listening in the care.  We have listened to full length books (The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland) and so tons of short stories and famous fables and myths.  There are some newer stories that I need to download and add to our collection.

The boys enjoyed the Troy stories I downloaded so much that I bought Tales from the Odyssey Audio Collection by Mary Pope Osborne  for our long drive back from Georgia to the Midwest.  We have listened to the whole thing at least three times, and the ending more than that.  Little Brother seems less enthused but Big Brother will ask for “Natasha” (the narrator from storynory that they like) or the Odyssey.

We just finished The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.   We listened to it for the first time this past week on a drive to Kansas (3 hour drive, 2.5 hour audio book) and we’ve listened to the whole thing again and are on our third “trip” though Narina now; all in less than a week.  I love the opportunity to “put to use” time that would otherwise be dead time, in such a beneficial way.  We share stories that become part of our shared lives.  We get to hear many more stories, using car time for “reading” than we would if we simply had exposure to what momma reads.   I am also only choosing unabridged versions; I don’t want the beauty of the original watered down; and especially since they are not young readers tackling these stories in print on their own, I see no reason to alter the originals.

We have a apx 900 mile drive coming up next week and Momma is prepared with more audio books.  I bought The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]  and on a lighter note Farmer Boy [Audiobook, Unabridged].  Over the next 12 months the boys and I will log a lot of miles and I can’t wait to get to our new library and dive into their audio book collection.  We ought to be able to listen to maybe even three audio books per trip.  I try to keep my selections more classical, not books that the boys will be reading on their own any time soon (like The Boxcar Children – but as we drive back and forth so much, and depending on what the lib has to offer, I am not ruling anything out), more challenging than they are ready to read on their own.  I also try to use this time to introduce longer stories that would take us a long time as a read-a-loud but when you are driving 8 or more hours, well that IS a long time.

On my short list, books I want to experience over the next year:

In fact I had a hard time choosing our second books (to go along with Robin Hood) for this trip and was torn between the one I did buy (Farmer Boy) and these two.

 

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school today

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I have long held that one of the best things about home education is the fact I can tailor the work load to my child(ren) taking into account the rest of our lives, the rest of their life.

This has been an interesting year.  We started our school year at the first of August then in September we started packing up our entire house in Iowa with the end goal of moving to Missouri.  In between life in Iowa and life in Missouri we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to live in on the Atlantic coast for a few months.  Given the task of packing up our entire house, going to Springfield for a week, driving here to the coast and then moving from one temporary house to another within two week our family was in upheaval, joyous upheaval, but upheaval none-the-less.  I was able to pull back on school expectations (and time) and bare-bone our academic to math and phonics only during that time; even taking a couple of weeks off at different times.  Had the boys been in a traditional school setting, our family would not have been able to accept this opportunity and would have missed out on the many amazing adventures and memories we are experiencing practically daily.  Now that we are more settled in our temporary home we are stepping up or academics and our time commitment.

School today:

  • Bible Reading:  we started the OT since we finished NT on Friday pages 1 to 12
  • Math:  work book pages 64 to 68, money counting practice
  • History: SOTW pages 124 to 136
  • Phonics: work book pages 60 to 69

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75 and sunny today

Today it was 75 and sunny here, and we loved it.  Time for a family trip to the beach, and momma slipped in a little school review too.

Today the tide was lower than any time we’ve been there.  We walked out on the the sand that is generally underwater, about 1/4 of a mile of it actually.  it was amazing, the sand is wavy.  We found tons of nice shells, some as big as Little Brother’s hand.  We walked and talked about sand bards and collected shells, and then Little Brother found the mud.  After that we went home for a tub.

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The boys wore green today to show their support for a little friend who is very sick.

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As we build our  “walled city” we reviewed the reasons for ancient cites to be walled, and the purpose of towers.   It reviewed nicely what we’ve been reading about in history about the original walled cities, and also went nicely with all the knight books Big Brother has been requesting.  DCIM100SPORT

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Shameless Brag

The boys are getting older, and doing more and more independent of me.  They are involved in many more activities where I am dropping them off and then coming back at the end.  This is hard for any mom, but I recently got some great feedback on my boys and also some positive words about our choice to homeschool

Last night I took my boys (almost 5 and going his final year of pre-K and almost 7 and in 1st grade) to Awanas at a new church.  When I arrived to pick the boys up three different people came up to me afterwards and asked if i home school and said they could tell

  1. for Little “he is so social with adults and can hold a good conversation”
  2. for Little “he is so secure and confident”
  3. for Big “he really understands the text he is reciting, knows that the words mean, he is not just blindly reciting”

It should be noted that the church has a school attached to it; but still the Pastor was the one who made the comment on Big.

A shameless brag, I know, but makes me happy

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our last nature club

The boys have been active in a monthly Nature Club though the local Arboretum.   This past Friday was our last meeting with the group.  We will miss Miss Lee.  (This session looked at seeds)

First order of the day was to show off the toad we have been taking care of (the boys found him in the sand box)

Then we started our hike to find sees then got a chance to plant some too

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First Day of School 2012

Little Brother started, at his request, Kindergarten.  He is not officially “kindy age” till NEXT fall so if this year doesn’t work out, we can start over then.  However, he has been dogging along all last year as may actually be ready (save fine motor which is behind at best).Big Brother returns to First Grade.  He actully is about a quarter of the way in, having finished all my Kindy Goals for him in 3/4 of last year.  He will be getting some new stuff (such as new Science) but a lot of his work is continued from June.

Both boys got new “I can read” superhero books to start the new year.

I love this photo.

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