A friend of mine reminded me how fun it is to see other Mama’s daily schedules. When I was first considering homeschooling I remember devouring ALL the information I could find on daily schedules.
What does it look like to homeschool grade 1? How much time is spent homeschooling grade 3? Can you homeschool with a baby at home?! What does a daily schedule look like with a toddler at home? And most importantly (for me) how can Quiet Time be fit into it all?
Well quite a bit of time has passed since that initial devouring – but I still love seeing other Mama’s daily schedules.
My friend thought it would be brilliant (and I whole-heartedly agree) to see what YOUR daily schedule looks like. How do you fit quiet time into your day with your little ones? Would you share it with us? If you would consider, please email me at Sarah@HowWeeLearn.com so I can send you some information. THANK YOU!
I am hoping to make this a bi-weekly feature on the blog. Twice a month I would love to feature YOU! What does your family look like, what does your daily schedule look like, and how do you fit quiet time into it all?
I thought I would start us off. I have written about our daily schedule before, but as it seems to be ever evolving, I thought I would share what it has become currently.
This past year we were blessed with a baby girl. Our little Norah joined our family in November so our schedule has (understandably) evolved considerably! This is a typical day in our homeschool this year with a child in grade 3, one in grade 1, a newborn, and a teenager (who attends highschool)
6:30 Kids wake up, Dad helps them get breakfast
7:30 Dad heads out to work, I (often bleary eyed and stumbling) emerge onto the scene. It’s go time.
7:30-9:00 Kids do morning chores and settle into independent play, I have coffee and breakfast, tidy the kitchen and do my morning chores, and then a little more coffee …
9:00(ish)-10:00 – Nurse baby and settle in for Morning Basket Time (Together activities/games, focused skills rotating between The Arts, Sciences, Geography, etc)
10:00-10:30 – Kids make a snack and enjoy it while we are doing a read aloud. We have had a large focus on healthy, nourishing food this year, so a lot of our time is spent preparing and enjoying meals.
10:30-12:00 – Math, Writing, Reading independent(ish) work for my Grade 3, and mostly together with my Grade 1
12:00-1:00 – Nurse baby, make lunch together, eat together and tidy up.
1:00 – 2:00 – Quiet Time, Kids in bedrooms playing/learning independently, I rest with Babe.
2:00-2:30 house tidy up. This was a shift this year that I wish I had done sooner! I now rest when my kids do and then we all tidy the house together after quiet time.
2:30 -5:00 Free play, outings, friend time, homeschool co-ops, outdoor play, it all depends on the vibe in the home that day. Sometimes I sense we need quiet, sometimes we need adventure.
5:00 – 6:00 Dad home, make dinner and eat together, kids tidy up kitchen afterwards
6:00 – 7:30 Activities, soccer, baseball, karate, etc or (more!) play
7:30- 8:3o Nighttime chores, reading, bedtime chats, and kids to bed.
8:30-10:00 Often cluster nursing little babe and doing some computer work, catching up with the hubby, etc.
10:00 -11:00 Reading, meditation, and to bed.
11:00 -7:30 Baby Party Time (Just Kidding … sort of …)
Now of course that is a very simplified and ideal version of our day. Some days my little Norah is unhappy and not much focused book time occurs. Some days the weather is calling our names and we just have to spend the entire day outside. At least once a week we are out on an excursion with friends for a day (we do a 4 day school week).
We also have a homeschool Karate club one morning, my boys visit an incredible retired Montessori teacher one afternoon, and attend an enrichment program with other homeschooled buds one half day.
I remember being so concerned my children would be too isolated if we homeschooled! Ha! Turns out I have to actively ensure we have enough time at home so we are not TOO busy and still can enjoy the quiet lifestyle we strive for.
Anyways, that is our sort-of-typical homeschool schedule for this year. It’s hard to believe, but on Friday we will officially be wrapping it up for the year! WooHoo!
I’d love to see your daily schedule and how you and your family utilise Quiet Time and preserve a special block of the day for this special time. Will you share with us? If so, please email me Sarah@HowWeeLearn.com
Thank you so much for reading friends,