I always enjoy reading “day in the life” posts from other home educators and thought I would finally get round to doing one myself. In the past we have been mostly unstructured with no two days alike, but over the last few months we have settled into a semi-structured routine. Here’s what our family got up to today.
The children wake up later than usual this morning, past 8:30 am. They get dressed while I make breakfast, which is my mum’s homemade bread with my dad’s homemade strawberry jam. As soon as the plates have been taken to the kitchen and the table has been wiped, I get out our morning books. Today, Aaron takes them from me and says that he wants to be the teacher! He reads us a chapter from Leading Little Ones to God and then tests us on our Bible memory verses from Feed My Lambs. The children are now word perfect on the fifteen verses from our current booklet, so we will move on to the next set tomorrow.
Next up is Life of Fred maths. I read them a chapter and then they take it in turns to answer the questions on our mini whiteboard. They find this very exciting and I like not having the clutter of exercise books or loose paper to store. The LoF book we are currently reading is much too easy for Aaron but I want to quickly work through the lower books together as a review and will then probably need to do separate lessons for Aaron and Tabitha.
Normally we have a 2/5/10 minute tidy (depending on how messy the house is) as part of our morning routine, but today we are in a rush to go to home-ed social swimming. We need to leave earlier than usual so that I can get some cash out for parking change and locker money. I send the children to get ready while I quickly wash up the breakfast dishes.
We spot our friends as we arrive at the leisure centre car park and walk in together. There are three other home-ed families there this week. Neither Aaron or Tabitha can swim yet, but playing with the other children is really increasing their water confidence. We spend about an hour and a half in the pool and every so often I take the opportunity to swim a few lengths.
We decide to call at Lidl on the way home to get some bits for lunch, as it’s already late and I’m not going to have time to cook the carrot soup I had planned. After lunch, Aaron asks me if he can go on the computer. I tell him that he needs to do a lesson on Literacy Planet before playing any games, and he has a bit of a meltdown. We eventually agree that he can do a page from a spelling and grammar workbook with me instead. I think about getting him to do some handwriting too but decide not to push it!
Meanwhile, Tabitha is quietly doing some colouring.
Once Aaron is on the computer, it is time for me to do one of my weekly cleaning tasks. Monday is bathroom day. I let Tabitha know in case she wants to help, which she does. She wipes down the bins, light switches and skirting boards while I scrub the sinks and toilets.
Afterwards we play a phonics card game together. Recently I’ve noticed that Tabitha finally seems to be remembering her letter names and sounds instead of muddling them up, so I feel it is time to make more of an effort with early reading skills and hopefully teach her to read fairly soon.
By now it is nearly 5 o’clock (where did the time go?!) and I need to get dinner started. Tonight we’re having mince and dumplings, and I’m even organised enough to make a double batch of mince to use in a pasta bake later in the week. Tabitha flits between helping me and making a card for her best friend.
Colin arrives home from work at 6:30 pm, just as we are finishing our meal. A conversation about what colour eyes our baby might have leads to an in-depth discussion of recessive and dominant genes, complete with Punnett square diagrams.
The children play together for an or so hour before bed. After getting into pyjamas and brushing their teeth, I read them each a bedtime story. Tabitha’s chapter book is from the Rescue Princesses series and Aaron is reading the first Famous Five book. He has been listening to Famous Five audio books recently which inspired him to ask for the book. I let out a silent whoop of joy in my head (he has been completely resistant to reading chapter books himself until now) and promptly borrowed it from the vast childhood collection of Enid Blyton books built up by my grandma, my mum and myself. Our current arrangement is that I will read one page for every page that he reads.
So there you go, a peek into one of our home-ed days. It was a fairly typical day really. We managed to cover the basics (at the moment that’s Bible, maths and English), although we didn’t have time for much else as swimming took up quite a large chunk of the day. There was a usual amount of arguing, whining, silliness and special moments. I didn’t get to do any of the decluttering I had hoped to do, but there’s always tomorrow!