Welcome to the February Edition of One Homeschool Day where I share an unedited peek into my large family homeschool and invite you to link up a post of your own. Today I’m sharing our most recent Monday, February 17th. Come on in to Our Busy Homeschool!
My night did not involve much sleeping because Samuel was awake more than he was asleep. He’s a sweet middle of the night companion. I finally gave up on sleep at 6:15am and came down with Samuel and my husband Jason, who is off on Mondays. I started oatmeal in the rice cooker for breakfast and checked email. Jason and I spent some time researching flexible glasses frames for Mason, the 2 year old. By 7:30am all eight children were awake and everyone sat down to breakfast together.
7:51am I hop in the shower and get ready for the day. As usual I put my hair up so little fingers aren’t pulling it. This is the Freestyle Princess Tiara Flexi Clip in medium. Check out my store if you haven’t tried Flexi Clips, they’re my favorite functional and fun hair jewelry! Chores are being done during this time, from emptying trash and cleaning bathrooms to sweeping floors and washing dishes. I also pass out morning medications and vitamins to the crew. In my family this means nearly 50 pills, chewables, or liquid medications. (Allergy medicines, asthma meds, thyroid meds, multivitamins and vitamin C for ten, folic acid, Ditropan for Mason, and more.)
8:30am We begin our homeschool day a bit early because I will be gone after an early lunch. Devotional is where we begin. Today we sing Dearest Children God is Near You and I Will Follow God’s Plan. We’ve made it to Joshua in our Old Testament reading. We read and talk about Joshua chapter 1. It was interesting to hear Joshua reminded several times to be courageous, knowing what he was about to face with Jericho. It is even more interesting to hear some of my children discover these Old Testament stories for the first time. I try to highlight what is coming up before we finish each day so I mentioned that the next chapter has spies and a woman named Rahab. All my boys perked up at the word spies.
8:55am Children disperse to begin their schoolwork. Makayla and I do math review of a few concepts she missed on her final exam for MUS Zeta. We’ll be reviewing all week before we move into Pre-Algebra next Monday. Joseph and Emma do math as well while Daniel does copywork. Daddy and the little boys watch Talking Words Factory by Leap Frog.
9:25am I’m helping Emma review skip counts for 7s and 8s, Joseph has done language lessons (subject and predicate) and is doing Discover the Book of Mormon. Makayla is doing Apologia General Science Module 8, today is about catastrophists and the geological record. I love how much I’m learning as we go through this course! So much of this simply was never presented in my public school classes and it’s fascinating. Daniel is doing his personal scripture reading. The little boys start taking cushions off the couch to climb. Emma moves to language lessons then scriptures and Daniel comes to me for a new math lesson. Samuel falls asleep for a nap in Daddy’s arms.
9:40am Oliver and I do All About Reading. Today he practiced letter sounds and built words to match his word cards, then jumped on letters when I said their sound. Daddy gathered children for Anatomy and the little boys got out an activity tub in the living room. Makayla and I discuss a question in her science and then she heads to her room for personal scripture study.
10:10am everyone takes a break for snack time. Oliver and Emma play around on the piano, doing a freeze dance game. When the music stops so do they. Makayla takes over the piano for practice while they dance in the background. Joseph and Daniel have disappeared to their bedroom to play Legos. Mason plays on one end of the piano while Makayla practices.
10:30am Daniel brings me a picture he made with the spirograph set. So sweet!
10:42am is the end of break so I gather a few children for art while Makayla continues to practice piano. We work on Value, the fifth page for our Elements of Art book. While the original has us drawing a house Joseph decides to draw a tree and Emma draws a minion. While we work on our lesson Daddy and the younger boys draw with Sharpie markers at the table beside us.
11:07am the younger children are finished with art and I begin another lesson from Artistic Pursuits with Makayla. We focus on line in Japanese art and try our own horse drawings. She brings along an art project she finished, a dragon with stained glass type wings using some of the tissue paper left over from Valentine’s Day. Beautiful!
11:25am Mason is tired and crying, school is done other than writing for Makayla. I’m off to settle my little man and prepare lunch. We eat a bit early today so Mason and I can get on the road during his nap time.
12:00pm I chat with my sister for a few minutes and then Mason and I head to the big city to order new glasses. On the drive we listen to the soundtrack from Frozen until Mason falls asleep. Then I re-listen to two Brave Writer podcasts.
We decide on these rectangular frames. There are about 15 color options that we flip through. In the end I have them bring us frames in several colors. Then I tell Mason to pick the color he wants. The lady was surprised – “You’re not really going to let him pick the color, are you?” Of course! I narrowed it down, made sure I could live with the six or seven colors I had her bring over, but the final decision is Mason’s because he is the one who will wear them. Any guess as to what color he chose? His new glasses will be in by the end of February. These MiraFlex frames are super flexible so hopefully we’ll have no more broken glasses.
We get home nearly 3 hours later at 2:45pm. While we’ve been gone the other children have played, written, and done quiet time. The boys watch How Stuff Works about steel with Daddy while the girls are sewing upstairs. Mommy takes some time to type up this post. Samuel is napping.
3:11pm Apples are sliced for snack and the girls join Daddy watching How Stuff Works.
3:30pm everyone gathers for Family Home Evening. This week we go with a very free-flow plan. Each person chooses something to share: a song, a painting from the Gospel Art Book, a scripture. We sing or talk about each then gather on the floor in a circle. We play a simple game for our younger ones, passing around a stuffed animal until mommy says stop. Whoever has the mouse names one animal Noah brought on the ark that they like. From rabbits to tigers and everything in between, the answers are varied. In round 2 we take turns naming one animal we would have been okay with Noah leaving off the ark… Skunk, crocodile, and stinging insects make the list.
At 4:00pm the kids head off to play with wooden trains or Legos, watch an episode of Wild Kratts, etc. I start cooking dinner, putting some ham in the oven to go with French bread, corn, and peaches. Easy food that everyone will eat seems to be the cooking phase I’m in.
4:24pm While observing a robin in our trees with the children they debate names. He is christened Martin, a reference to Redwall’s Martin the Warrior. We have a pair of cardinals we’ve been observing all winter named Vivian and Arnold. We also have some sparrows who have been building a nest in the last week. Fascinating to watch the birds in the snow!
4:37pm Samuel wakes up from his nap. Most of the children are gathered upstairs playing together. Dinner is eaten at 5pm and the children vanish upstairs to play together. It’s one of those days when they all play well together for hours without squabbling. I love it!
6:17pm it’s time for Mason’s enema. This is a nightly thing because of his paralysis from Spina Bifida. We hang out by the bathroom and watch a few episodes of Curious George during the process. Unfortunately he seems to be constipated as this is the second day in a row with no results. Drinking fluids spiked with higher doses of Miralax and repeat enemas becomes the new priority for tomorrow, along with a call to Children’s Hospital for a chat with doctors. Not fun.
7:15pm the children put on pajamas and have a last snack. They clean up the bedrooms and settle in to watch a few cartoons until bedtime because Daddy has to head to bed by 8pm. He’s got an early wake up time for work (2:30am). Samuel falls asleep at 7:45pm too. I just hope he’ll stay asleep so I can get the other little boys to bed.
8:30pm Joseph, Emma, Daniel, and Oliver head up to bed. They’re listening to the third book in the Penderwicks series on audiobook and each child has their own book light if they want to read. Makayla stays downstairs with Mason, Caleb, and I.
8:45pm I go upstairs to lay down with Mason. He’s asleep in 5 minutes. By 9:00pm Makayla heads to bed and I lay down with Caleb. He takes a bit longer to fall asleep tonight. I read him a story and his eyes can’t seem to stay open. Success! I head to my own bed and sleep until Samuel wakes up at 10:30pm for a diaper change. Back to bed and sleep…
You made it through One Homeschool Day at my house. Now it’s your turn to link up a February day of your own! The linky will remain open for two weeks so if you don’t have a post ready to go you have plenty of time. Write it how you want to – a long narrative, a list, lots of pictures, no pictures. The only requirement is that you blog honestly – share the good, the bad, and the messy! Then visit the other blogs that link up to see what one homeschool day is like at their house. You can join me on the 20th of each month this year for One Homeschool Day. Can you imagine how fun it will be to look back over the whole year in twelve posts when we’re through?
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