Sometimes I think my family takes the homeschooling truism, “there’s no such thing as a typical day” to extremes.
On a mythical “normal Monday” we would work through our short homeschooling routine, read a story or play a game over afternoon teatime, and go for a walk with our dogs. There would be no egg throwing, and definitely no rollercoasters.
But as “normal” is never likely to happen, and since this time last year I enjoyed participating in a “Week in my life” blog hop, I thought it might be fun to record the same week this year.
I get up, let the plumber in, and make porridge. (The plumber doesn’t come every day. Only when 9-year-old boys use their bedroom radiator as a launchpad.)
We’re expecting friends to arrive at around 10:00AM, so we get to work promptly on our daily maths and English routine.
First, I do buddy maths with J(9).
Then after a quick jump around, he does some “French dictation”. This is a Brave Writer idea, designed to introduce children to dictation.
Next, buddy maths with C(10). She usually uses Ed Zaccaro too, but occasionally we work through British materials instead, to check for gaps and reassure C(10) that she’s on track.
No sign of our friends, so we head to our local park with the dogs.
Pancake time. I dictate an excerpt from Catching Fire to C(10) while I make the batter. She’s using Brave Writer’s Boomerang this year.
C(10) writes beautifully, but dictation is proving very useful for picking up and dealing painlessly with small errors. Today’s passage gave us the opportunity to discuss how “too” and “to” are used.
We eat our pancakes while reading about James VI in The Story of the World vol 2. C(10) has been learning about this period in her homeschool group, so she entertains J(9) and I with extra details.
C(10) practises guitar. She and I are both working towards classical guitar grade 5 exams this year.
While we’re making pancakes, C(10) tells me about an interesting demonstration involving eggs and inertia that she’s been watching on Veritasium. Somehow this ends up in an “experiment” involving throwing eggs at our garden wall. (We’ve been picking egg-shell off the dogs all afternoon.)
Our friends arrive! (Loraine, I love your timekeeping. We wouldn’t have had nearly such a productive day if you’d come earlier.)
Because our day hasn’t been quite busy enough, after our friends leave we decide to head to a local theme park. Seriously though… We save up grocery store points to buy annual passes which cover the three big theme parks near us, and our coupon for C(10)’s pass is about to expire.
While we’re there we have to go on a few rollercoasters, of course.
J(9) is so excited that by next spring when the parks reopen, he’ll be tall enough to go on this one, which C(10) rides on her own this time.
6:00PM Tacos for dinner. My guitar practice, then off to the gym for half an hour on the cross-trainer while C(10) does in her karate class.
And see Week in the Life of a British homeschooling family 2013 with children aged 8 and 9.
How was your day?
Perhaps you’d like to share a normal (ha!) day in your homeschooling life?