Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Day in the Life ~ February Edition

I had planned to record a day in the life of our homeschool each month, starting this past January. However, I missed last month. It occurred to me this morning that this month was almost gone and I best get to it. I also needed some accountability today so that we would actually get something done. When Tom Sawyer burst into our bedroom to wake me up at 6:36 am this morning, I was not at all ready to face the day. We are staying up way too late watching the Olympics!

6:36 - Tom Sawyer (7) let me know that it was time to get up. I tried to tell him that I was not a mother until 7 am, but he said I had to get dressed and be ready to be a mother at 7 am. Oh, bother!!!

7:00 to 8:00 - We all had breakfast and rotated the dishwasher. The kids did their morning chores. The kids watched a show on PBS and I got in a few minutes of blogging.

8:00 to 8:30 - We had circle time which included calendar skills, today's routine, show and tell and geography review. 

While the kids were doing their show and tell items, I discovered how dirty two of the kids' stuffed animals were. I convinced them to put the stuffed animals in the wash. 

8:30 to 9:15 - I did the girls' hair. We then took Tim (19) to his volunteer job at the nature center and came home.

9:15 to 10:30 - We got some school done. We did SOTW (Crusades), studied our Crusade map, Latin with Songschool Latin, Explode the Code, and Horizon Math.

10:30 to 11:30 - The piano man arrived to tune our piano. The kids had a choice of watching the piano man tune the piano or playing with occupational therapy (OT) things. Tom Sawyer spent all of his time with the piano man, who kindly showed him all the parts of the piano, played lovely songs for him, and listened to him practice his latest piano lesson. The piano man was very encouraging and played each of the children's favorite songs at the end. Our piano got a great workout. This is a Hamilton studio piano made by Baldwin that my Mother bought from a used piano dealer for me when I was a young teen. It was a very big expense for my single mom and has been well-loved and appreciated. Several times, we have paid $500 in order to get it professionally moved to various homes, but piano tuners say it is well worth it because it has a beautiful sound that is difficult to find in new pianos nowadays.

The girls went back and forth between the OT things and the piano.

 (playing with homemade play dough, drill and pattern, scissors work and puzzles)

11:30 to 12:00 - Free Play ~ The girls went off to play in their rooms and Tom Sawyer stayed with the piano man.

12:00 to 12:30 - Lunch time ~ hot turkey and gravy over rice with salad

12:30 to 1:00 - It was Little Red Riding Hood's computer time today (they each have an assigned day when they can spend 30 to 45 minutes on the computer). As usual, the others sat around and watched her play Starfall and PBS kids' games. I cleaned up the kitchen and made phone calls.

1:00 to 1:15 - Yikes! I have no idea what the kids were doing and I was still on the phone!

1:15 to 1:50 - Reading lessons for Little Red Riding Hood (6) and Goldilocks (9) and read out-loud time for Tom Sawyer.

1:50 to 3:00 - We left the house to pick up Tim and do errands. We went to the bank and then to redeem our coupon at our local organic health food store for free pizza fixings!!

Of course, it is important to have fresh pizza dough facials while you wait for pizza to be made.

3:00 to 3:30 - Everyone deep cleaned the kitchen.

3:30 to 4:15 - Tea time ~ We are almost done with The Railway Children. We got sidetracked with a wonderful biography about Milton Hershey, so it seems like we have been reading The Railway Children for a long time.

4:15 to 4:45 - Rest time ~ Everyone to their own rooms and I started recording our day.

4:45 to 5:45 - Made and ate dinner. Homemade organic pizza!Yummy...

5:45 to 7:15 - I took Tim to his college class and then returned home to work on this entry and watch the kids play. Dh made Robin Hood and Princess hats for the children, and they played Robin Hood until it was time to get ready for bed.

Well, that's all, folks. This was a pretty typical day around here. Typically, we would have played outside, but today's 30 degrees before calculating in the 30 mile an hour winds prohibited it. Brrrr!  Also, this was a day when Tim was not home much. He will not get home until almost 9:00 pm. However, this day, like most days, shows why I love homeschooling so much. The learning never stops, and every day holds such variety and opportunity to learn and love each other.

Blessings, Dawn



  1. That's really neat. Sounds like you had a fun but busy day. I love that you added pictures too. Blessings.

  2. www.thepiratemom.comFebruary 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    What a good idea to do this once a month! I always find these types of posts so interesting. I did one back in Sept. I think, but I took so many pictures that it took for-ev-er to do.


  3. I Absolutely LOVED this. I will try myself to do a Day In The Life post once a month. [0= You have sooooooooo many neat ideas !!

    It blessed me to see how you all live a day. What fun there seemed to be had . ( even in the cleaning [0=)

    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

    In Him<><


  4. Love all the pictures and seeing all the fun your children are learning - Homeschooling is awesome!

  5. I'm catching up on your blog. I loved reading about your day! Thank you for sharing it.

    I would love to hear more about your sensory blanket. How you do it, what types of things, instructions or limits given to your children, etc? I feel like I need to do more in this area and would love some help.