Monday, March 28, 2011

Day In The Life ... March Edition

We are in week two of our three week FIAR unit study on Japan. I felt it was appropriate to drop our usual lessons and change gears in light of all that is happening in Japan at this time. We also decided to skip spring break, since we only have six weeks of school left. Considering how many things are going on for us late spring and early summer, I thought it best to push through so we could have a nice transition time before the next excitement. The theme of Mondays is art. So here is our day.

7 am to 9 am ~ I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, made deviled eggs for breakfast, helped Timothy start a brine for chicken and took a shower. The kids ate breakfast, changed the pet cages/walked the dog, did their morning chores, and watched Curious George.

9 am to 10:30 am ~ We read Grass Sandals  and worked on some lapbook pages (literature and language arts).  Then we did a math page and reviewed/learned how many years were in a century (math). Our big art project today was to make Japanese words on watercolor paper with Japanese black ink blocks (art). This led into painting with all different colors for the fun of it. Tom Sawyer needed some sensory work, so he played inside the rice bucket filled with 50 pounds of rice.

Making ink with our ink block.

Lapbook we made on Japan

10:30 am to 11 am ~ Transition and travel time ... We made a quick picnic lunch and headed out to speech therapy. On the way, we listened to the CD, Yankee Doodle Mickey (music). 

11 am to 12 pm ~  While Tom Sawyer was in speech, the girls made hats at the Art for Life table. They also had their lunch.

12 pm to 12:30 pm ~ We briefly visited the sensory garden at the hospital before leaving therapy and going home. Tom Sawyer really likes the music blocks that one can play by jumping on them.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ~ Everyone had free time. Lincoln logs are all the rage with my kids this week.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ~ The kids did their afternoon chores of folding laundry and sweeping the main living areas. Then the girls did their cooking projects, and Timothy finished dressing and roasting his chicken. I love both the Mitford and Father Tim book series written by Jan Karon. I thought it would be fun to cook our way through Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader. Today we made Louella's Grandmother's Peach Cobbler and Cynthia's Roasted Chicken ( life skills).  

3 pm to 4 pm ~ We made our Japanese Sand Gardens (art) and ate our lovely early dinner.

4 pm to 6 pm ~ We went to Tom Sawyer's dance class. Timothy stayed for his fencing class and will be picked up at 8 pm. 

The kids are now playing with Daddy and will soon be getting ready for bath and bed time routine.

This post would not be complete without a picture from our newest member. This is Boomer's "I didn't do it" look.



  1. Wow Boomer is growing fast!
    Lovely day. I love how you do these post. The dinner looks fabulous! I love when my kids take over the kitchen. Life skills!
    Love the theme for a day idea too. We do this now with science. We just accomplish so much more when we do it all in one day. Most is hands on anyway. Have a lovely week.

  2. It sounds like you had a great day. Your dog is adorable; I love the face!

    What does your rice bucket look like and where do you keep it? We really need one and I tried to set something up one time. It was so messy to have in the house so I moved it out to the deck. I thought that the lid was on tight but apparently it wasn't. Water got in there and it turned into a very smelly, moldy mess!

  3. I love Boomer's look!!

    Sounds like an awesome day!! You do so much fun at your house. I really need to incorporate that more.

  4. Love it! You really stay busy, but it is a good busy :)
    I hope you are finding more calm this year, too.

  5. I love your week...thanks for stopping at my blog and commenting about Audubon and FIAR....we row, too!

  6. Love reading about your day. You are so organized. My days go better when I am, but lately I seem to have lost some steam. Your day is encouraging to me. Thanks for sharing it!