What’s A Typical Day Like?

What is my typical day like?
I had someone ask and didn’t think I could fit it in comments LOL! So here goes…please keep in mine that we are flexible as we have a baby, and unforeseen events daily it seems that cause us to veer off course, but Steady as she goes is my moto! Often you’ll hear “Back to boxes!” coming from me (every few minutes it seems)…especially with the boy who has taken to ‘disappearing’ between boxes, or when we have to stop an activity because the baby has opened a drawer and emptied its contents all over the school room. Wednesdays are different as the girls have dance from noon-2, so we just start earlier to accommodate this. And I’ve kindly spared listing the billion times a day I save my baby from choking hazards and falling off the stairs to her death. Oh and the 3am feedings that we still do because I can’t stand to let her ‘cry it out’. But…with all that said, here’s our ‘plan’ for each day, and I really DO try to follow it! Okay, are you ready?

8:00: Read 1 Psalm & shower for mom as I can’t function with out one
8:30: Breakfast/dishes/toss in load of laundry and/or start dishwasher
9:00: School bell rings (yes, I really have a bell courtesy my mom! They LOVE it!)

9:00 – 10:00: Group time, we all do the following together:

  • Calendar, days of week, months of year, counting calendar/hanging pattern chains by each day, put up new weekday discuss yesterday and tomorrow.
  • Bible: Pray, Sing songs, do bible study, discuss, review

10am – Workboxes, everyone starts at the same time…this is immediately followed by what I like to think of as organized chaos ;o) (It typically takes us 2 hrs or so to go through our 10 boxes, some days more…)

12noon: Lunch! Followed by outside play, and a few moments for me to do dishes and gather what little sanity I have left before moving on…I also load boxes for the next day during playtime and swap out my laundry to the dryer. Baby goes down for nap.

1:30pm: Science or Geography & fun stuff, this is when we do our Expedition Earth activities and I usually save crafts, art projects, science type experiments etc for this time. (We may also run errands if needed around this time after the baby wakes up of course!)

4pm: Chores like laundry, we have LOTS of laundry, It should be done by now, so we all fold and everyone puts away their own stuff! I usually have my 6yr old help my 3yr old, if she doesn’t want to I will, I don’t make her. (This is different for each family, but I have a chore chart posted in my kitchen and I pay .25/chore. So if someone wants to make money, they’ll go see what needs to be done and do it! This has helped me out a lot! Friday’s are prize day and we go to the dollar store and let them buy something with their earnings,then some goes to Jesus and some goes to savings.

 

Some kid friendly tasks:

  • Swapping clothes from washer to dryer
  • Setting the table for dinner
  • Emptying the dishwasher (5 and 6 yr old)
  • Making their beds
  • Feeding the dogs (2 of them!) and cat (1 of them!)
  • Sweeping the kitchen floor (my 5 yr old is excellent at this!)
  • Cleaning dishes after meals (my 6 yr old just started this, everyone brings their own plate from table to counter and she washes and puts in dishwasher)
  • Vacuuming (Really more for the 6 yr old, but I’ll let my 5yr old do his room…he likes it)
  • Dusting: Give them little dust rags, or Clorox wet wipes and turn them loose!

5:00pm: Start Dinner…

5:45pm: 10 Minute Tidy: This is where I set a timer and everyone runs around like maniacs cleaning up anything can they find so when Daddy comes home the house is a clean and serene oasis, and he thinks its like that all day ;o)…sorry honey, the secret is out…please don’t come home any earlier than 5:50 unannounced or my reputation will be ruined forever.

6:00pm: Dad enters & asks “So, what did you do all day?” I say “Not much, just lounged around and ate bon-bons.” Dad quizzes kids to make sure I’m kidding.

6:10ish Dinner/dishes/sweep kitchen floor (Seriously, how does it get destroyed after 1 meal?)

7pm-7:30: Bath, family devotions & bedtime – Clean up playroom, take baths, go to bed! My 2nd grader saves her reading assignments to do with Dad after the others have gone to bed so she stays up an extra 30minutes or so. If I didn’t get to box loading earlier, she’ll help me now since she likes to.

8pm: Free time for mom and dad….sit down, sigh…blog…laminate…work for church etc. and praise God we made it through another homeschool day without burning down the house! Aside from hanging out with my husband here are some of the things I do during my “free time”, I also try to do this during playtime if there’s a lull. I know this sounds a little crazy but I was definitely spending too much time on school stuff etc, so having it broken down has helped me not only get it done, but have actual FREE time at night with my husband:

  • Mon: Work on letter stuff for next week
  • Tues: Print letter stuff
  • Wed: cut/laminate letter stuff…then wonder why I’m doing all this work for prek ;o)
  • Thurs: Work on workbox schedule for following week
  • Friday: Gather materials for following week.
  • Weekends: Family time!

10ish: My devotion time…nice and quiet, and I’ve settled down from all the madness of the day. Then I go to bed and pray for God to order my steps for tomorrow that I might get everything done HE wants me to do, and not spend time on stuff that wastes my precious time!

So that’s our schedule for what its worth, hectic, but ordered. Hey, you asked!

52 Comments

  • Denise October 23, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiring and amusing post. I really need to get my act together!

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    • Kari January 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I am the same way Denise! Really need to get my act together and make this family on a schedule so I can stop feeling at the end of the day that another wasted day has gone by and we didn’t accomplish what the Lord wants us too. I’m spending too much time on “wasted stuff” like she mentions at the end of her post. I just love this site! Very inspirational! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to you and your family!

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  • Christine October 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I loved this post! I do the same thing before my husband gets home.

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  • Emily October 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    You are awesome! Loved this post, especially the husband part…sounds just like our family, lol!

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  • Felicia April 20, 2010 at 5:49 am

    This is such a helpful post! I have a 3 year old and almost 2 year old. I feel like I am running around like a crazy woman and not getting anything accomplished until I made a schedule last week. I just read yours and it makes me feel so reassuring to stay on schedule and it sure is organized ciaos. Thank you for putting in your scheduled time in to your blog because I only have one other Mommy to talk to about homeschool so thank you!!!:))) Oh, and we love your Letters of the Week…we are on our 2nd week.

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  • Aislynn May 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I find that my biggest factor is the planning time. I get so caught up in it. My husband looks at me everytime asking when it's his time. LOL. I will have to use your schedule. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Gina September 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog and this is SO helpful! I literally have a notebook out taking notes on all this…what a great schedule! Thank you!

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  • Lea October 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

    This is exactly what I needed to read. I have 2 toddlers and am trying to decide between public school and homeschooling. Your organization is exactly how my mind works, so this is so helpful!! Thank you for posting this and your amazing blog. (I think I sent you an e-mail by accident…I thought I was leaving a post, but realized I clicked on the wrong icon.)

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  • Kelly November 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the schedule. It is helping me create our own type of schedule. I also LOVE the break down of what you do when so that you're not always preparing for school at night. Do you have a picture or print out of your chore chart that is posted? I'd love to institute that and I have been researching how others do it. Thanks for all your great ideas and helps.

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler November 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Kelly: Sorry, I thought I had my chore chart posted but I guess I don't! I'll have to do that, thanks!

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  • Hi I'm Anna January 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I just found your site and I am devouring information! I have decided you are my new hero… seriously…. I just started homeschooling recently and we have had a lot of chaos at my house, but I think YOU just managed to help me out a lot. I am going to have to invest in some sort of workbox type thing in order to plan out our day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am relieved…. I have been looking at all there is to do and not been able to understand how to get it all done. Thanks for the ideas!

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