Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Day in the Life ~ Snowflakes and Charity

Welcome to the December edition of a day in the life of our homeschool.  We are busy with our Advent books and charity work.  This week the theme in our homeschool is Art.  We are taking a break from an artist study to do Christmas crafts.  We are also embracing the freedom of a looser schedule, having completed the Nutcracker last week.

8:00 am to 8:30 am ~ Everyone awoke, dressed and ate breakfast.

8:30 am to 8:50 am ~ I took one look around the house and realized that we needed to do some real picking up.  The picture below is an example of our dining/school table.  We broke into teams and one team cleaned the kitchen while the other cleaned the table and swept the floor.

Wow, if this table could talk! 
Why is there toliet paper on the table? 
Just keeping it real, friends.  LOL

8:50 am to 10:00 am ~ We dropped off Tim at his Nature Center job, got gas, dropped off one more toy for the boy we "adopted" for Christmas, and bought some dog toys at the pet store (for our afternoon charity).  The entire time we were in the car today we listened to and finished SuperFudge (Literature).

10:00 am to 12:00 pm ~ We did the core of our school during this 2 hours.  We read Snowflake Bentley  (science) and The Dog Who Found Christmas (our Advent book for the day).  We then did a math worksheet ~ Jump Math for the girls and Mammoth Math for Tom Sawyer (math).  The kids did their writing assignment (Language Arts).  The writing prompt was "What does charity mean to you?" Our (art) for the day was making lots of snowflakes. Then we read the next chapter in The Life Of Fred (math).  I love the Life of Fred books.  They are filled with so much infomation.  In this chapter alone, they learned some math, Latin, German, and science.  Lastly, the girls did reading lessons with an American Girl doll book and Just a Snowy Day (Language Arts).

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ~ We had lunch and free time.  I talked on the phone and the kids played Wii Fit on the Wii.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ~ We went to the Humane Society and donated bleach and a few dog toys.  The kids also had fun showing pictures of Boomer to the caretakers who had worked so hard to keep him alive and make him adoptable.  This charity was tied in with our Advent book that we read in the morning.  We then picked up Tim from his volunteer job and stopped by my mother's home briefly on the way home.

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm ~ We had more free time at home.  I did a bit more cleaning and Tim played with Boomer. The kids either played Legos or colored pictures at the table.

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm ~ Little Red Ridinghood had her ballet lesson while the others waited, playing a physics puzzle game on the laptop.

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm ~ Dad picked up Tom Sawyer and Goldilocks from dance and took them home.  Little Red Ridinghood and I went to get our free kids meals and some groceries from the local health food store. I love the free kids meals on Thursdays!  They are completely organic and such a deal.  Also due to some really good coupons, I got all of the food below for $32 (I know it doesn't look like much, but it's all organic and is a lot less than it would have cost without the special coupons).  We even got a very special dessert for our at-home date later tonight. :-)

After dinner, we played a noisy game of tag in the backyard.  Now the kids are enjoying storytime with Daddy, which could easily go on for an hour or more.



  1. How wonderful that you are doing so much service to others during this season of Advent! Wonderful memories you are making together and giving your children priceless lessons in developing a servant's heart. Just beautiful!

    Many blessings,

  2. You have the most productive days!!! Its already 11am here and we have accomplished ... nothing. Just lots of free play. :-) Looks like y'all are having great fun! I think we may make snowflakes today too.

  3. We just read Snowflake Bentley, too, and really enjoyed it. Afterwards, I got two Kenneth Libbrecht snowflakes books from the library. The photography was amazing!

    You did well at the health food store! Oh, and I love the toilet paper on the table. That's my kind of real!

  4. What a wonderful way to give back! I wish he has place that gave free kids meals. It sounds wonderful. You did so well in your shopping!