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True story: Yesterday was a day full of challenges (and failures!) for me as a home educating parent. I found myself
yelling raising my voice not a few times at our kids, and I have no excuse for my “bad behavior.” Thank God for His grace, forgiveness, healing — and for my kids’ patience and forgiveness as well! (End of confession. Back to regular programming!)
On homeschool routines
Now, before I go to our homeschooling activities for yesterday, allow me to share our routine with you. It has deviated a bit from the typical homeschool day I posted about months ago. Actually, for the past few months, our routine has been something like this:
9-9.30am: Kids wake up / Say good morning and goodbye to their Papa / Morning bathroom “ritual” (Sometimes their Papa gets to join us for morning prayers. Prior to the kids waking up, I’m already up — usually by 4 or 5 am — to finish whatever work I need to get done.)
9.30-9.45am: I try to round them up for our morning prayers (Am I the only one who hears these phrases often?:”Wait, Mama, I’m still building something!”, “Wait, Mama, I’m still playing!”, etc. I’m praying that one day, soon, this will change! But our kids are young, and even us adults need prodding sometimes to pray, right? So, yeah, I’ll be patient and wait!)
9.45-10am: Morning prayers and a Bible story/passage
10.30-11.45am: Free play time as Mama does chores (laundry/preps lunch/etc.) I used to let the kids help me with chores but I have found it easier to just let them babysit/play with their little sister while I get everything done. Sometimes, if the toddler is especially frisky, I let all the kids watch a short video during this time, too. (Yep, you can go ahead and judge me now, if you want! A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!)
12.30-1.30pm: Clean-up time/Free play time/Reading time
1.30-4pm: “Formal” learning time — with LOTS of breaks in between (including Mama putting down the toddler for a nap)!
For Tim, this consists of the 4R’s daily (Religion, Reading, Writing, Math) plus other subjects once or twice a week. Sometimes, Tim does his handwriting practice in the morning, plus his Math and Grammar lessons “so I can already build stuff!” he says. At least the kid knows his priorities, right?
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