We have already reached the 20th of August and that means it is time for another One Homeschool Day post! This is the post where I invite you into my home to see what an unedited day really looks like homeschooling my large family. It’s messy, it’s honest, it’s real. This month I recorded Monday, August 18th, our first day adding a few subjects back into our homeschool and the first day easing back into school hours. Hold on to your hats folks, it was a bumpy ride! The morning began for me at 1:25am when I woke up to catheterize Mason. He had two surgeries two weeks ago and so cathing now involves a bit more work, unwrapping his legs, keeping casts clean, and re-wrapping his legs together in the dark. Preferably without waking anyone else.
After that I went back to sleep until 6:15am, when I popped out of bed and into the shower. With a doctor’s appointment on the agenda we needed to get an early start to the day so most of the school would be finished early. 6:30am I started waking the rest of the house (Daddy and kids). While they were getting up, going to the bathroom, and getting dressed I sorted the laundry from the night before and made sure the guilty parties put it away. 7:00am we were all downstairs eating breakfast except for Makayla, who was in the shower. Bagels or cereal were eaten, chores completed, diapering done, and the family gathered at the couch at 7:30am for devotional. This is where things started getting bumpy. Daniel wanted to sit in a particular spot on the couch and it was already occupied. He tried to push his way in and Daddy stopped him. That began a very crabby morning for Daniel. He cried, moaned, and cried some more. During devotional we have a few basic rules. Everyone must participate in the singing, have their scriptures, and be quiet when it is not their turn to read. Daniel refused to sing, knowing it is one of the few hard and fast rules we have. He wanted to go play with his Legos instead of devotional. We removed the Legos to the attic and let him know that he was welcome to have those back as soon as he sang the song, be that in 5 minutes or 5 days.
We began our new memory work after song and prayer. We’re working on learning The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It’s something some of us have learned parts of in the past but this year we’ve decided to learn the entire thing. We recited the first part. Then it was scripture study time. For devotional this semester we’ve decided to read the New Testament. Reading is fairly simple. Every person reads at least two verses aloud. Non-readers have helpers who they repeat after.
8:00am we were finished with devotional, Daniel had calmed down, and everyone moved to the table to begin our World Geography and Cultures study. We were excited! Today we learned about globes, read part of Maps and Globes, and looked in our new atlases. We took a balloon and traced two paper shapes on it like continents. Then we cut the balloon apart and stretched it out like a map. When comparing the paper shapes we got a great look at distortion and had a quick discussion about maps vs. globes. The younger children headed off to put together a world map floor puzzle while Makayla, Joseph, and Emma opened their geography notebooks for the first assignment. Today each had 2 questions related to globes and continents. They could use their atlases to find answers as needed. Then we began map work. Joseph and Emma labeled continents and the equator, while Makayla also added in the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. She also spent more time on the questions as she’s doing the high school level in Trail Guide to World Geography. Math was next today for most children.
Here’s what each child did:
- Makayla did one chapter in Life of Fred Fractions and lesson 12 in Math U See PreAlgebra on the distributive property and it’s opposite, factoring.
- Joseph did one chapter in Life of Fred Butterflies and lesson 1 in Math U See Delta about factors and products and solving for the unknown.
- Emma did one chapter in Life of Fred Butterflies and lesson 1 in Math U See Delta about factors and products and solving for the unknown.
- Daniel did test 21 in Math U See Alpha, subtracting 9. He was supposed to do Life of Fred as well but didn’t at this time. More on this later.
- Oliver did some number recognition, coloring a set of items to match the number circled.
While I was rotating through children teaching their new Math U See lessons they would either do their Life of Fred chapter or their personal scripture reading. Daddy and I each worked with Oliver on reading as well. The younger boys also did puzzles. When is was Daniel’s turn to do Life of Fred he wasn’t ready. He had decided he wanted his Legos back “NOW” and I cheerfully told him he could have them as soon as he sang our morning hymn with me. That provoked tears. He read through the chapter in Life of Fred eventually and Joseph and I got ready to leave. At 9:45am Joseph and I headed to the allergist for his 6 month checkup. We’re heading in to his worst allergy season (he has quite a few environmental allergies on top of a life threatening egg allergy, and asthma). He also had his weekly allergy shots. All in all the appointment took an hour.
We stopped to put gas in the van on the way home and then I arrived to discover Daniel had not done his Life of Fred. He had gone upstairs and Daddy didn’t know the work wasn’t done. When I called him down he went back to crying about wanting his Legos. I explained that two things were going to happen. 1. He was going to sit at the table until he finished his problems in LOF. (For perspective, he had read the 5 page chapter so all he had to do was answer 3 questions.) If he had not finished them by noon he would miss out on eating lunch. 2. He was not going to have his Legos back unless he sang, period, so once the math was done he would spend the day in his bed if he wanted to cry, because loud crying is only allowed in your bed. It’s too noisy and distracting to the rest of the family.
At that point it was 11:20am. He wasn’t happy and sat at the table for about 10 minutes before he decided I was serious. He did his 3 math problems and went to play with his brothers.
Daddy made lunch while I played with Mason and Samuel and a bunch of playdoh. Once lunch was ready everyone ate. As soon as I finished my plate it was read aloud time! We are reading Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and it has been great fun. We read of their first trip to the sea with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – flying, of course, and left off with the family surrounded by water on a small sandbar in the ocean that is swiftly disappearing as the tide moves in. It was a perfect moment to introduce our new poet study.
We are going to be studying Walt Whitman using Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman. It just so happens that there is a section of poetry centered around ships, sailing, and the ocean in that book so today we read one of those poems.
After our poem Daniel decided he was ready to sing the morning’s hymn, I Love to See the Temple, so that he could have his Legos back. He and I sat down on the floor by the freezer to sing and by the time we finished this was the group of little boys singing with us.
At last it was 1:00pm, quiet time at our house! It begins with the children doing 30 minutes of reading in their beds then we turn on an audio book. Today they finished listening to The Throne of Fire, Kane Chronicles book 2. Samuel, Mason, and Caleb napped during this time. I loaded some pictures onto the computer, checked email, and started writing notes for this post.
At 2:30pm most of the older children went outside to play while the youngest two boys continued their naps. When Mason woke up he, Daddy, and I went to the attic to look for something Emma had been asking about. We didn’t find it, but we did bring down our Wedgits set for the kids to enjoy.
On and off throughout the rest of the evening children used the Wedgits to create. Mason tends to call anything he makes with them a cake. The middle boys like to make them into traps for their Legos and drop pieces down inside the Wedgits pyramids. Emma is great at making tall towers.
Pretty much the rest of the day was family time in varying combinations. Samuel is working on a new talent – furniture rearranging. He is also trying to figure out how to stack blocks and not knock them right over. I caught Joseph and Oliver building space ships with Legos. Daniel was on the stairs with a Lego creation because in this house you have to find your quiet spaces when you need them.
Daddy snuggled up with Mason during part of the evening to encourage him to continue laying down. The girls decided it was time to re-organize their bookshelves. I caught them midway through. This time instead of having all the books in alphabetical order by author they sorted into categories (science fiction, mystery, nonfiction, etc) and put books in alphabetical order within those categories by author’s last name. After they finished Emma talked Makayla into playing Legos together.
We ate dinner, we did more diapers, we watched some shows on Netflix. An hour was spent in the bathroom doing Mason’s nightly enema. We’ve added the fun of taping trash bags over his casts for that. Thankfully it’s working well and so the casts are nice and clean still.
Bedtime routines began at 8:15pm and before long everyone was snug in their bed with book lights, an audio book playing, and a few giggles. It was a good day that had its difficult moments. That’s normal when you have a house full of personalities living and growing together. We’re learning together how to be kind, consistent, and hard working. It’s a beautiful messy process!
Another day finished and recorded! Now it’s your turn to link up a post about One Homeschool Day at your house. This is August’s edition. Have you been joining me all year so far? We’re over halfway through the year. Take a look back and reread each post to see snapshots of your year so far, the memories are precious. Here are each of my posts for the year, along with the other families who’ve participated:
- January Edition
- February Edition
- March Edition
- April Edition
- May Edition
- June Edition
- July Edition
If you’ve not participated yet, now is the time to begin! All you do is write a post sharing an unedited look at one day for your homeschooling family. I love seeing what is going on in your family and sharing what is going on in mine! (If you’re reading this post by email you will need to come visit the blog to be able to see the link up.)
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