6am and I am considering ignoring my alarm, but I hear a rustling sound in the lounge. Wondering if my kids are up to something I drag myself out of bed to check. No, its the Daddy. He looks at me intently and randomly says, "I have a duck." That's it, that's all, no explanations, just "I have a duck." I curl up on the end of the bed and tell him, "I... I don't know what to do with this information." Now, there is a duck sleeping in my bedroom.
Flash forward to Monday, the start of the Homeschool Week.
Awake. Or something similar. Coffee assures me that I am awake. Check Facebook, Emails and Words with Friends (hey, what better way to start the day than to figure out some anagrams). Check the Veil and make a few comments on some discussions. Pretend not to hear the stirrings of my children waking up. Was that really an hour?
Make breakfast for the starving children wasting away before my very eyes. Yay another coffee. Multitask some more Facebook and some random googling of homeschool stuff, blogs, resources and the like. Check and finish making my plans for the day. The kids begin to terrorise me. Can I have some paper? Can we turn the heater on? Can we go outside? Can we, can we, can we..? They do random things whilst asking for everything. I realise I forgot to sharpen the pencils last night and now, well it's a disaster Mummy, a disaster. Put some washing in the machine and ignore the baskets of clean washing I have yet to put away.
9.30am - Circle Time
Change the day and date on the wall
Check the moon phase and change that
Check the weather and record it in our books
Recite the alphabet together, along with the Auslan alphabet
Count from 50 to 70
Skip count by 10s from 3 to 93
And forgot to recite the days of the week and months of the year - oops
Wench reads her CVC words list, and then decides on her own to read another 4 lists on top of her usual one.
"Test" the Monster on what Dolch words he knows, so I can figure out what he might need to work on next.
Words "a" vs "an" - sight words for the Wench and language arts for both Monster and Wench. We will continue this small focus for the full week.
10.00am - Morning Tea
Feed the starving children again who, anyone would think, haven't eaten today
Fairy Lore - we learn about Leprechauns, I tell them some short Leprechaun stories and give them some Leprechaun colouring sheets. We discuss and record, if we caught a Leprechaun who had no gold and it had to give us three wishes, what would we all wish. Monster, "Bag of lollies, money and popcorn. Wench, "money, pony, lollies." Extra bonus points, ask Daddy, "Lots of money for all of us, new house, motorbike."
Daddy comes home from a quick day of work and decides it's time to let the duck go since it's doing fine now. Let it out in the yard and we'll check soon to see if it has flown away.
Solar System - We learn about Uranus, they each colour and cut out a picture of Uranus as we discuss some small facts about the sideways planet. We hang the pictures and some info cards on their bedroom walls for our "wall posters". Draw last weeks planets and Uranus in our scrapbook solar systems.
Game Time - We played a new game, a Snakes and Ladders reading game I grabbed from Sightwords. Dear gods this went on forever, or it felt like forever, everyone would get so close to the end and land on a snake head, down we all go again. We gave up after we all went down in one round, for the third time. But what a fun way to do some extra reading.
Check to see if our pressed shamrocks are good to go yet, yay they are ready and the kids made some little cards from them.
Formal school work is done for they day. I sit and type our day so far into this blog post as I have a little break. Check if the duck has gone, it hasn't, it's still there. Some people turn up for a few minutes, they have a laugh about seeing me and the kids last Friday running into the local panel beaters to get out of the hail storm. Then I go down to the servo to grab an excessively expensive cheats lunch.
|Not lunch, just for reference. |
It's the rescue duck who the kids have nicknamed Quackers, though "Hissers" would be more appropriate.
Lunch time. Oh my stomach is exploding and my wallet is empty. Won't be doing that again anytime soon, even if it was yummy.
The kids are pretty much free for the day, so they go outside and play, jump on the trampoline, run around, sneak around to pick flowers and leaves they probably shouldn't be picking (including the one in the neighbours yard, stop it!). Oh and some more four leaf clovers, awesome. And a thistle flower, great more seeds spreading through the yard. I'll just sit for a while and vegetate.....
I forgot to get the washing out of the machine! In the dryer it goes. Sit and do my HS records. Laugh evilly as the kids torture Daddy, kind of like this, "Mwahahahahahahaha." Eventually I rescue Daddy from his loving kids, which results in a tantrum from the Monster. Awesome.
Quiet Time. Oh Quiet Time how I love thee. Quiet Time is one hour each day, from 2pm and 3pm where everyone in the house must be quiet. Kids in their rooms, playing quietly, or "reading", drawing, sleeping, whatever. I am out in the lounge, being random on the interwebz, reading a book, or something. But this time I am finishing this blog post and planning to sneak into my room for a little nap. The rest of our day will be unstructured, perhaps boring, probably filled with fighting children and a tired mummy. You know, just like any home.
So that's our day, up until 2pm. As you can see, we don't do a lot of work during our formal school work time. Most of it consists of reading, a bit of maths and our mini units. It's still the start of our school year, so we're just beginning, as the year goes on we will add more stuff to our days. And, to be honest, I am working with a 5yr old Prep girl and a 7yr old stubborn as hell Grade 2 boy. We don't need much time to do what is necessary as we don't have as many distractions as mainstream classrooms do (duck notwithstanding).
Our afternoon won't be so productive, probably will consist of some Life Lessons, ie. Cleaning! I'll leave the idea of two kids having to clean their rooms up to your imagination.
This post was done as part of the Aussie Not Back to School Blog Hop, co-hosted by Our Worldwide Classroom and Every Bed of Roses.