This is what a typical school day in our home looks like:
I get up, then poke my head in Emily’s room to wake her up. My goal is actually to get up by 7:15, so I have more of a head start on her, but I’ve been seriously slacking lately! It takes me about about 15-20 minutes to get ready in the morning and takes Emily 45 minutes, so I still have a head start on her. Don’t ask me why—I can get dressed, put on make-up, and make my bed in 15 minutes, but it takes her so much longer to get downstairs, typically with an un-made bed and in her pajamas!
Quiet time for me. I make coffee, put the dog outside, then spend time with my Bible/devotional/prayer.
Breakfast. Occasionally I will cook, but we typically make our own…cereal, oatmeal, leftover muffins or banana bread.
This is when Emily is supposed to start school. Sometimes it happens! She usually starts with Fix-It Grammar or Greek Morphemes Lessons vocabulary. We’re alternating weeks for grammar and vocabulary study. Then she does her math lesson (Singapore New Elementary Math 2). She continues working until lunch time. When she’s ready for a break from the books, we watch the CNN student news show for the day. This week, we’re also trying to get back in the habit of doing PE, so 3 days a week, she’ll be taking a PE break for Family Time Fitness.
I do a bit of housework, take care of emails and perhaps work on my blog or reviews.
I finish up sewing any outstanding mermaid tail orders and get the days’ shipments ready to send.
Lunch. We used to do read alouds during lunch, but Emily outgrew this last year. Now she just prefers to read on her own.
12:45 Emily reads in her room. Sometimes this is an assigned book, like historical fiction or a literature book. Sometimes she chooses to read her history or biology textbook. Sometimes, she reads whatever she wants. She is theoretically supposed to read for an hour, but she would rather read than do anything else, so this tends to stretch out longer.
2:00-5:00 Finish schoolwork. I would love for Emily to finish her work by 3:00, but sadly, this seldom happens. With her increased load for high school, her tendency to dawdle and be inefficient in the morning, and tendency to stretch her afternoon reading time out for hours, it usually takes her all day to finish (if that even happens).
I spend the afternoon sewing or doing computer work. Sometimes I run errands or schedule meetings for the early afternoon. If I’m lucky, I can eke out an hour or two to just sit and read. With the wonderful spring weather we’ve been having lately, I’ve been indulging in some time sitting out on the deck to read.
In the evenings, we occasionally watch a movie or a history documentary (more school!). When Emily heads to bed at 8:00 or 9:00, I spend another hour or two sewing.
That’s our day! It’s a pretty quiet life, since it’s just the two of us at home. We sometimes have school group activities or field trips and have a biology lab class every Friday afternoon that add a bit of variety to our days.
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