Monday I shared with you our schedule on Co-op days; today I will show you how we spend our time during a typical school day. Again, I want to stress how important it is to put pen to paper and write out your day; you may find you have more time then you think or you may find you really need to pull back on extra-curricular activities. If you have older children you may even want to post their schedule up, adolescents may need the reminder. In our household I have gone as far as placing a quarterly schedule in each of their binders; this has helped them allocate time for their independent work too. When it is age appropriate it is important to begin to teach your children the usefulness of rhythm and the balance it provides.
The night before preparation:
- Sophia & I are usually on breakfast, so we do all of our prep the night before.
- Logan & Sophia set their clothing out; I have tried being lax with dress but PJ’s all day did not work in our home:)
- Each child has a wooden crate that has their supplies for this months block i.e. books, MLB’s etc. . The crate is brought out and placed on their desk. The One Wooden Crate system has helped all of us, especially since we no longer have a schoolroom.
- Mom gets all of her MLB materials together.
- Coffee set to start brewing at 6am!
A Typical Tuesday:
6:30am-Rise & Shine Mommy( I lay in bed for 15 minutes meditating)
6:45-7:30 ME Time! I wanted to cut out time for me in the morning so that I could hold the space for our children throughout the day. This usually translates to me talking a long walk with Wiggles.
7:30-8:00 Mom showers and gets dressed for the day.
8:00-8:30 Time for coffee talk with my wonderful husband before we leaves for the week,
8;30- Sophia rises and gets her self ready to conquer the day
9:00-9:30 Breakfast is prepared and plated
9:30- Logan struggles but finally makes it out of bed, food is a great motivator.
10:30-12:00 Main Lesson with Sophia
10:30-12:00 Logan works independently on either Math or Free Writes.
12:00-12:45 Audible book and lap-book for the month. Our kids really enjoy having a corresponding lap-book with their monthly readings; this combination has really sparked a new love of books.
12:45-1:00- Logan gets lunch ready; usually something simple fruit, veggies and soup.
1:45-3:00 Main Lesson with Logan. Yes, our days run longer than most but this what works for us. Logan is not a morning person and we have struggled with this; I hate to say for how long. I needed to let go of what my ideal day; so I could give Logan the time and space he needed for his day.
3:30-5:00 Sophia has Girl Scouts.. this is her first year. So excited for her!!
5:15-6:00 Dinner and recap of our day.
6:30-7:30 Outside Play
7:30- Showers commence
8:30-9:15 Mom reads to Sophia/Logan reads his Book Club book or Sports Illustrated especially during football season!
9:45 Lights out for Everyone♥
Once you put pen to paper the map of your day becomes clearer; this will ensure that you will not only beware of the time you need to give your children but most importantly the time you need to carve out for yourself!