I’m hoping to start writing a narrative sketch of one homeschool day a month, per Julie Bogart. It’s a really great idea to get a snapshot of your homeschool life. I’m not sure how great I did on capturing all the conversations, but I think I captured a ton of info anyway.
I woke up with my 2.5 year old, Lowry, and brought her in my room. I put on some preschool songs (Baby shark, anyone?) and took a shower. This is the 2nd time she’s stayed in my bed while I showered. Hallelujah!! I got us dressed and went downstairs to fix breakfast. Gage, 5, called for me from his room, so I told him to come downstairs. While the kids ate breakfast, I read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. The kids played for a bit after breakfast, and then Noni took Lo to her music class.
It was SO nice being alone with Gage. We got so much done (as much as expected of a 5 year old). We decorated our own paper hermit crab shells. He wrote his name, age, outlined his hand and decorated a cake on the first page of his All About Me journal. We also read Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney and did the really fun activity below. We also used Google Maps and Google Earth, which is always a hit. Gage was writing and coloring a lot and mentioned that his hand was tired. Not once did he complain about what were doing. I complimented his effort and he was so proud.
Afterwards, Gage watched some engineering videos (what they do, what they build, simple machines) and I downloaded a new game for him on his tablet. Noni and Lo came home and I had a fun activity ready for Lo. She had to rescue her animals from tape traps. It was a great fine motor activity and kept her busy for a good 20 minutes!
I made lunch and the kids watched Blippi and Rube Goldberg machines, which my son is so into right now! After lunch, it was nap time for Lo and G always does quiet time in his room so that I can have a breather. Being an introverted mom with a spirited child is a challenge on my mental well-being, but he is worth all my discomfort. G played with his marble run and LEGO, and then he made “nests” for his marbles out of clothing. His imagination is delightful.
After Lo woke up, we came downstairs for a snack of apples and nutella. I set up G’s LEGO chain reaction kit and we completed one of the challenges. Lo tried to mess with the creation and he reacted strongly. I was proud of his quick comeback though, and told him so. After snack, we had a mini-dance party, then G played the Wii and Lo played Endless Numbers and Endless Reader on the tablet. I took the quiet to read some of John Holt’s Learning all the time.
I started dinner and G played with his dominoes after watching Rube Goldberg videos. He got upset with Lo when she started playing with the dominoes he abandoned, as he normally does. I’ve come to learn that his creations carry great meaning to him and he especially doesn’t like his younger sister messing with them. However, since he moved on to a different activity, I told him he needed to clean them up or allow her to play with them. He calmed down quickly, for him. Lo proceeded to transfer each domino into a cabinet in the kitchen. It was fun to watch. She would always close the cabinet, go get a domino, then open the cabinet back up to put it in. She eventually learned to leave the cabinet open! 🙂
Daddy came home as we were cleaning up (we don’t often eat dinner with daddy during the week because he gets home too late, but sometime we eat later than my kids would like :P). The kids played at the art table until daddy was done eating. Lo and I played while my mom (who lives with us), daddy and G played There’s a Moose in the House. Super cute game that my husband always seems to win!
We went upstairs to brush teeth and get ready for bed, Bed time is always an event with Lo. She does not like to go to bed, so one of us stays with her while the other does bedtime stories with G, and then we switch. He has come a LONG way in terms of bedtime routine. It was once a nightmare, but he pretty much knows the routine now. Brush teeth, floss, potty, and read books. Most of the time my husband plays with G 1:1 before bed, but it didn’t happen this night. We’ve noticed that 1:1 time with him, where he is in control of the play, really pays dividends towards his behavior. Spirited kids need to feel powerful, and when they don’t…BOOM.