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My day really begins the night before. So that’s where I’ll start.
My night, right before I go to bed much too late, is full of hopeful anticipation. Excellent intentions. I go to sleep with the alarm set for a reasonable hour: Not too early, but early enough that I’ll be able to sip some coffee in peace before the kids wake up. I put my head on my pillow, take my Kindle out for just a few minutes of reading. I know it’s already late and I really shouldn’t, but it’s such a good book and surely just a few pages won’t hurt.
An hour later I wake up with the Kindle smooshed into my nose.
I blearily try to read that last page one more time before realizing that I really need to be asleep. I turn it off, put it on my night stand and shut off my light. I close my eyes anticipating at least 5 or 6 hours of sleep. I check the clock just to be sure I’m right about that. Yup. 6 hours if I fall asleep right now.
My eyes close. I snuggle into my pillow. I smile a little and drift off to sleep.
I throw my covers off and check the clock. Something woke me. What was it? Ah… The baby is awake. The clock reads 2:26. I already got nearly a whole half hour of sleep!
I stumble to the baby’s crib and scoop her up in my arms. She nuzzles into my neck and takes a deep breath, letting it out in a sigh of contentment. I hug her closer, thinking that I really should work on getting her to sleep in her own bed all night as I bring her back to bed with me. Maybe we’ll start tomorrow night. I’m too sleepy to worry about it tonight.
We snuggle close and I drift off to sleep as she nurses.
The baby relaxes finally and drifts back to sleep. I watch the clock until about 6:00.
I stare at the coffee pot wondering why I didn’t program it last night. I scramble to get some coffee going. I hear the baby cry. Coffee grounds still in my hand, I go catch her before she has time to fall off the bed, not that she is really in danger of that anymore, but you never know. I shout for the kids to please get dressed and I snuggle the baby while I finish making coffee. I’ve gotten pretty good at doing things one handed.
It’s a pretty day out so I plan to my self to do a few of our written subjects outside on the deck. Math is always fun out there. We use the windows as a white board and the kids love it.
I wipe up the dining table, hoping we won’t get butter on our school work. The kids come out, ready to get the first box. We all work together all day, so we take turns getting boxes. Katie, Josie, Sarah, or some other permutation. 10 boxes means that whoever got the first one, also gets the last one. It’s a coveted privilege.
And then we get to History. I know Math is next. I yell “Catch Me If You Can!”, grab the baby and run out the back door. I hear delighted giggles behind me as they do their best to scramble into their shoes. Moments later, I’m attacked by my three oldest children as my baby squeals in delight. We run around for a few moments before settling down on the big swing to read our history assignment. It’s one of our favorite subjects. We finish our chapter and I call lunch.
We go on to do our First Language Lessons box, our art box (which ends with tiny bits of paper all over the floor again!), and some silent reading time. Our last box is computer time. It works out perfectly because I have a laptop, my husband has a laptop and he also has is big workstation in the basement where he does most of his work. Three computers. Three kids. Hubby is out on an errand, therefore we can snag is workstation. Oh, and a napping baby! Perfect.
Each child gets to work on two different programs while they have computer time.. The first is the hardest: they spend some time studying Italian using Rosetta Stone. They are making wonderful progress and I love to walk around listening in as they speak to the computer. Then they get to choose a math game for review of their math facts.
The baby finally goes to sleep and I have a few precious moments to spend with my husband. We snuggle on the couch and start a movie. Before I know it the movie is over. I fell asleep laying against my darling. The lack of sleep last night combined with his steady breathing was just too much. I wake up just in time to hear the baby crying. I scoop her up, snuggle her back to sleep and lay her back down, earning myself enough time to finish the clean up of the day and get pajamas on.
I meet my husband in bed. He has his Kindle out and I look longingly at mine. Surely a few pages won’t hurt anything? I pick up my Kindle and laugh at myself. But really, this is my only quiet reading time. So I quickly review in my head what went well and what didn’t with the day. I look ahead to tomorrow, ask my husband to set the alarm and settle into my book. I wake up a hour later to a smooshed nose and a crying baby. But I smile, knowing that she won’t need me in the middle of the night much longer and that I’ll miss it when she stops.
Schooling here goes pretty smoothly. It’s the daily up and out we have trouble with. I’ve never been a morning person and, try as I might, I just can’t seem to manage turning myself into one. I am very aware that the troubles in my house stem from this one thing. I stay up too late and can’t get up in the morning. But I just can’t seem to fix it. I try, though. And somehow, despite everything, the children seem to learn just fine. Entering 2nd grade now, they are working on late 2nd grade material already. So though I don’t feel like a competent housekeeper, I also don’t feel like that’s keeping us from being able to homeschool successfully. I feel like if I can manage to do this, anyone who wants this homeschool life for their children can manage it too!
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Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.
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