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I’m not an early riser, but with kids in the house it’s either get up before them or deal with mass chaos all day. (Sometimes I deal with the chaos.) After morning routines and breakfast, everyone does kitchen chores and general pick-up throughout the house. I then usually send the three older kids on a run down the street before we start school. This physical activity helps my son’s concentration. After their run, we all head upstairs to the schoolroom.
First Things First
The plan is to start school at 8:15. In real life, this rarely happens. We always start with prayer, a hymn or worship song we are learning, and a short review of Bible verses all of the kids have memorized. I really like the “memory verse box” review method. We don’t say every verse every day but review all our verses over the course of a month.
I try to spend 15-20 minutes with the toddler at this point. He is more willing to play by himself if I give him individual attention early on. We choose something from a book of toddler activities, such as making blocks from old cereal boxes, telling stories on a flannel board, dancing to music with streamers, or playing with all kinds of empty containers. Then he colors, looks at board books, and plays, while we continue our school day.
Once the toddler settles into his activities, we have Bible. The 5th-grade twin girls have some Bible assignments to work on independently while I do Bible with my 2nd-grade son. Then I send the second grader to do some independent work while I do Bible with the girls. We wrap up by going over their independent assignments for the day, especially making sure they know what their writing assignments entail.
I help my son correct any mistakes on his work, and we do spelling together. This is not a favorite subject for either of us, so we get it out of the way early. Then I try to alternate between reading out loud and his writing assignment to help him stay focused, and we wrap up by reading a book for fun out loud together. He practices piano while I help the girls correct their work. We then do history before taking a lunch break.
After lunch, I read a story with the toddler and put him down for a nap while my older boy plays Legos or goes outside. The girls and I can do some real work now. We go over the rest of their assignments, do science, and read our fun book together. Sometimes we feel a little rushed at this point because one daughter has flute lessons which are done on the computer via Skype with a flute teacher in Oklahoma City.
After flute, the girls and I go over anything we still need to check, finish up science, and then do a typing lesson. Once they complete their work, they head outside to play, usually complaining that their friends won’t be home from school yet.
How About You?
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