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!

54 Comments

  1. How in the world do you get cleanup, bath, family devotions and bed done in 30 minutes! šŸ˜‰ We start at 7:30 with bath and get them in bed by 9:00p (1 yr old, 3 yr old, and 5 yr old)….

    Kimberly Robbins
  2. I just stumbled upon your website yesterday after some Pinteresting šŸ™‚ I LOVE your schedule! We’re starting our first year of homeschooling this coming fall and I gotta admit to being a little bit scared šŸ™‚

    Anneli
  3. Hi Erica, I always look at your schedule because I can see how well it would work for my family. Our situation just changed and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I’m working at church with a couple children who go to school there, but because there are only 3 extra children I know Group time would work perfectly, however I was wondering about things like how you do the days of the week, months of the year etc…? Do you sing songs and if you do what songs do you sing? I would love to do this with all the children I think it will make a huge difference to our days.

    Rivkah
  4. Thank you. I don’t comment as often as I should, but I can’t tell you how much your blog has helped me and given me ideas to keep our home running *semi*smoothly. Our kids are all still pre-school age so I haven’t started a very rigid curriculum just yet, but I feel like it will help to already have a schedule in place to build the framework for our next stage in life when we get there… right now though, I’m just trying to keep us all fed and napping in halfway clean clothes on a fairly consistent schedule! Haha! Thank you again, sincerely!

  5. wow, im sooo happy I came across your blog. I have it in my heart to homeschool my kids but i just didnt know how and where to start. Bless it be the name of Jesus and Glory to Him that I found you. you have blessed me so much. THANKS TO JESUS for you =D

    christiane
  6. Hi, I love your post, but I have a question about when do you shop for groceries, clothes, pay bills, etc? All of the “keeping the home” activities? I can’t seem to find enough time to do everything around the house and cleaning and homeschooling lol

    Heather
  7. Hi there Erica,
    I liked the way you start your day with Devotion , I am going to stick to it from now on no matter how busy I think I am .
    Your organization tips and the Tour of the homeschool classroom has helped immensely (so colorful, fun and positive), I now feel much more on top of things because of the changes I have made.
    Thank you so much !

    natasha
    1. We usually play music while we clean. Then we’ll try to do something fun that night like go out to eat dinner, or do a movie night or something fun as a reward for our hard work šŸ™‚

      erica
  8. thank you so much I really need this I know she only 2 years old but we have started what I call mummy home school and need to find time as a singal mum to still clean and cook so thank you so much

    jodie

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