I recently wrote a post about a day in the life of a homeschooler which documents some of the different things that we get up to during the day. Occasionally I’m asked how I manage to homeschool my daughter whilst managing to get my son to his nursery, run the house and still have time for myself. Well, here is how the day is supposed to look…
8am Wake up the children, help them choose an appropriate outfit and leave them to get dressed on their own whilst I prepare a healthy, well thought out breakfast.
8.15am Children eat breakfast whilst I calmly pack lunch for Little Sir, full of homemade goodness.
8.30 – 9.30am Children sit and do jigsaws or play boardgames together whilst I put on the laundry and clean the kitchen before taking Little Sir to Nursery.
9.45 – 10.30am Little Miss and I sit together and work through a variety of fun but educational literacy games.
10.30am Little Miss curls up to listen to a story CD with a healthy fruit snack whilst I hoover the house and tidy the bedrooms.
11 – 12.30pm Time for maths – we carry out some investigations around the house.
12.30 – 1.30pm We prepare lunch together, eat together and watch some education TV.
1.30 – 2.30pm We head off for a nature ramble, collecting together a variety of materials to make a collage with.
2.30pm We pick up Little Sir and chat about his day on the way home.
Rest of the afternoon: We spend some time reading a book or two, perhaps visiting the library to change our books, and bringing out a few board games to enjoy together. The children play together whilst I prepare another homemade meal, before a bath, bedtime story and sleep at 6.30pm
For the rest of the evening, I spend the time chatting to Mr N, watch a bit of TV, perhaps read a book and relax in the living room before heading to bed at 10pm for a full 8 hours sleep!
Lovely no? Well, the truth is a little different…
5.15am Woken up by alarm clock – Mr N stumbles around the bedroom turning lights on and off, trying to be quiet and failing.
5.30 – 7.15 Lie in bed getting more frustrated about how knackered I’m going to be for the rest of the day. Knock on the door at 7.15 – Little Man telling me he’s no longer tired. Send him back to bed – cue crying and shouting ‘I’m bored’ from the bedroom – ignore as long as possible.
8am (ish) Wake Little Miss, put out clothes for kids and leave them to get dressed – occasionally shout ‘hurry up’ up the stairs and ‘you CAN do your own socks!’
8.15 – 9.15am Argue with both children about why they can’t have chocolate cereal for breakfast – desperately search the cupboards for something resembling a nutritious lunch for Little Sir whilst stopping them tipping their cereal all over the floor.
9.20am Frantically run round the house trying to locate all the outdoor kit Little Sir needs for his forest nursery and get him into it all the while discussing why he can’t take Gruffalo to nursery today (an argument I lose!) Finally get them both in the car and arrive at nursery just in time. Breathe a sigh of relief.
9.40 – 11am Battle through a variety of reading books, phonics books and writing exercises with Little Miss – regularly explaining why she has to do learning while Little Sir ‘just gets to play’.
11 – 11.30am Give up the battle and put Little Miss in front of Horrible Histories for a half hour which just gives me time for a cup of tea and a chance to regroup.
11.30 – 1pm Battle through Maths activities, try to make them interesting – bring out loads of props – resort to using smarties to show adding and subtracting…funny how that works!
1pm – 2pm Lunch – relatively healthy but definitely only prepared by me (not sure either of us can handle any more conversation for a while.)
2pm Pick up Little Sir.
Rest of the afternoon: referee playtime, regularly suggesting alternative games (which are never good enough) or alternative activities (which they then decide they both want to do!), thrown some dinner on, (try and keep the mess contained to one room), ignore the arguments as long as possible, referee dinner time, (try and keep all food on the table), referee bath time (try and keep all water in the bath), referee choice of book – kids finally in bed!
Rest of the evening: Make dinner for two and then plead with Mr N to not talk to me for the rest of the evening – a few hours peace until it all begins again!
As for housework – well that can wait until the weekend!