Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Day in the Life ~ July

This is our second day back to school. We are still fleshing out a routine and seeing what will work for us this year. The three littles are all working in early elementary grades, and Timothy has asked me to help him do some at-home college. He will be doing several Great Courses this year at home and some continuing ed courses at our local community college. None of these will count for real credit but will help him get the hang of college and what is expected. With his special needs, we are not even sure college is a possibility, but we want to give him the chance to expand his knowledge anyway he can, which he is eager to do.

8 am-  Shhhh! Two of the four kiddos are still asleep. This is a very rare event around here. The two that are awake are not the usual early risers either. Little Red Ridinghood has her computer time for 30 minutes and the kids start to stagger in to the library. We all have breakfast and do morning chores.

9 am -   We started our school day with Story of The World vol.2 (history). We read about Columbus and did the map work of the first explorers. This was a review for the kiddos. We then did Explode the Code (language arts) and listened to a chapter of The Mouse and the Motorcycle (literature). Next we read The Doorbell Rang (math) and worked out some math problems we made up from the book. We then made cookies and did lots of measuring. The kids then learned three new words in sign language.  They learned "Happy Birthday" and "cookie". We practiced the 25 sign language words they already knew (foreign language).

The kids used Storybook Art to do the art project that goes with The Doorbell Rang. They made paper cookies and decorated them and placed them on a fake cookie sheet.

10:30 - We took a break and everyone had free time.

11:20 - We went to the library and had a great time gathering new books for about an hour. We listened to Songschool Latin on the way to the library.

1:00 - We had lunch and read one of our new library books. We then finished up our school for the day by having reading lessons.

2 pm - The kids watched a Hello Kitty movie and played checkers and on bikes and with the parakeet.

It is now 5 pm and my dh has just arrived home. It is time to make dinner. Hopefully, we will get a little bit of time outside to play with Daddy and then watch a Waltons show before bedtime.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Love hearing about a day in your life at school! I always glean something.
    That pink ( last bedroom) is the same color we are putting a third coat of primer on to get it ready for dd (16) to paint when she comes home next week. She is wanting more adult colors!
    Have a lovely week. Tina http://morningstaracademy2.blogspot.com/

  2. What a wonderful day of learning. I pray that mine will be as good. When you mentioned the words you learned in sign language I could picture them ! I took 3 out of 9 levels of American Sign Language. I was seriously looking at becoming a interperter of the deaf. I am sad that I didn't go into the interperter program but God had plans for me elsewhere. [0=

    Thank you for sharing with us. ((HUGS))
    In Him<

  3. What a fun day. I'm amazed at all you got done in your morning!!! I'm a little envious of how you are all working together. I need to plan more of that into our day - or would like to.

    Are you using a curriculum for learning sign language? Do you have any of the Signing Times dvds? We love them here!

    If not, here is one you might like that goes with your current words.



  4. Sounds like a very busy day!! We don't start school for a while yet and so we're still in Summer mode.
    It's been a while since I've been here, but I just wanted to stop by and say that I have a new blog: http://themamasplace.blogspot.com/
    You're welcome to drop by. Have a lovely weekend! Blessings!

  5. What a great day!
    Isn't it nice to be settling back into a good routine?