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Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Day in the Life

Someone on my favorite message boards asked if anyone had one of these posts up so I thought it high time to write one.  We are in our third week of school and have a good rhythm going by now, so here it is, a day in the life.  

I am awake at 5am but linger awhile hoping for a few more moments of sleep.  I get up, get dressed in the dark and head downstairs with my 3 fuzzy companions at my heels about 5:45.  I feed the cats, the dog, the fish, the birds and the guinea pigs, reheat the last cup of yesterdays coffee, make a fresh pot and pack Mike a lunch.  I let the dog and the old cat out, regret it and and run outside to get her back as she barks at nothing in the dark back yard.  On to the computer to check emails and Facebook, comment on blog posts, join in a Wednesday meme, write letters and read the news.  Then, an I realize it probably should be first, I do my Bible study, put hot water on for the kids tea and remember to take my pill.  I have company every morning as I sit at my desk.
At 8:00 on the dot, Percy Jackson and I went upstairs to wake up the girls.  We wake up Rowan on our way by to Jenna's room where the aforementioned cat gets up on the bed and sucks on his Jenna's fingers and talks to her to wake her up.  He then descends the ladder of her loft bed and repeats the routine with Rowan.
On rising the girls get dressed, mostly remember to make their beds and come down to do their chores.  They sweep, empty the cat box, put away the clean dishes, fill the pets water bowls, and put on a load of laundry and then get tea and banana bread this morning.  We sit together in the living room and I read aloud a chapter from C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair and the matching devotion from A Family Guide to Narnia

Off goes Rowan to her desk in the library downstairs to start her day while I grab the read aloud pile to begin with Jenna.  Rowie begins with Algebra, always a good move while Mike is still here while Jenna reads to me from Joshua chapter 2 and narrates it for me.  Then I read from A Picturesque Tale of Progress for Ancient history and Joy Hakim's History of US with Truthquest commentary for both.

Rowan is on to Material Logic and a snack of grapes and cheese while Jenna watches, Nova's, Building Pharaohs Ship on our Netflix on the Wii with her snack while I do a few more chores of my own.

With supervision as needful, Jenna does her BJU Math 4, BJU Grammar 4, where she is getting ready to write a compare and contrast essay, Building Spelling Skills, and Chapter 3 in Latin for Children A.  Independent reading was next, she just began Bambi for this week. 
It seems she is not the voracious reader Rowan was at the same age, Rowan had no trouble reading at least 2 books and additional reading assignments every week.    While Jenna struggles some, though I am not sure yet how much is attitude.  Once she invests in a story, the protests die down completely but the first few chapters are rough. 
Rowan works independently in all of her subjects, surfaces for lunch and a quick break during which she also practices piano.  She had Algebra, Logic, Latin, Omnibus, Beginning Danish, World History and Art today and finished around 4. 

We have been trying to go for a walk each day but it isn't always possible.  Today when Jenna was done we headed out to return a pair of shoes that inexplicably fit at the store but not at our house, say hi to our friends at GameStop, and hit the bank and library.  I picked up some of the books I ordered for the next Dewey 24 Hour Read a Thon on the 9th and Jenna picked up the first 4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.  These she started in the car and read through the afternoon finishing both the first and second.  It is a whole different story when she picks the books isn't it now? 

Rowan was having trouble with The Epic of Gilgamesh so I spent some time with her. 
Typically, it wasn't the content or difficulty, it was the notes and the missing parts that were driving her bonkers.  It didn't surprise me.  Told her to pretend she was Daniel Jackson deciphering an Ancients tablet.  Off she went. 
Sidebar: Stargate SG1 is a homeschooler's friend.  It is educational (mythology), motivational, (role playing for Omnibus texts) great for modeling good character traits (friendship, loyalty, patriotism) and often just funny. 

Rowan and I spent a quiet evening reading and Jenna and Mike went to Wednesday Night Live at the church and a lovely day was had by all.


Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog September 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

I love reading about other people's homeschool days. We're all so different yet the theme is the same...

Darcy September 30, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Thanks for letting us peek into your day!

PJ September 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM  

This post puts homeschooling in a whole new light for me. When my sister-in-law homeschooled her boys, she wasn't like you. She took "at your own pace" to a whole new level and they never finished. Neither one ended up getting their high school diploma. One of them finally got his GED, but that was enough to make me skeptical of homeschooling. Thank you for letting me see that homeschooling can work, as long as the parents are serious about being involved in it and making sure their children are serious also.

God Bless,


Jodi Whisenhunt September 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Wow, you have so much to offer here! Great blog! I'm a new follower from the Hip Homeschool Hop. I think you'd have fun at, where Disney IS school. Hope you can stop by!

Bright Sky Mom September 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

Thanks for sharing! A good day was had by all! :) I want to watch the entire SG1 series with my kids. We should get started on that...

Mandy in TN October 1, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

Alright, it's good to know that when I call my oldest Daniel Jackson someone else knows who I am talking about and knows it is a compliment!

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