Today I'm sharing a bit about what our days look like right now. It reflects our "Momma only" routine, as Hubby is currently attending school out of state in preparation for returning to sea duty.
Rather than give you a beginning to end synopsis, which quite frankly would probably only serve to convince you we are the most boring people on the planet, instead I thought I'd share a list of random things (in no particular order) that happen around here most days.
- I used to be a morning person (as were my children). Now, just the opposite: We all go to bed late (well, the baby goes down at 8:00-ish) and get up much later than we used to. This schedule would not fly if we had to be out the door in the morning for public school that starts at 8:00 a.m. But it works perfectly for learning at home.
- I always start the day with coffee. The Agents prefer to start their morning with fruit. We snack a lot throughout the day. Most afternoons, I have tea. (Yes, hot tea. Yes, even in the summer.)
Who needs toys when you have . . . a kitchen
- I try to attack mundane activities with a regular schedule. For example, every night after dinner, I start the dishwasher and clean up the kitchen. The kids typically run off to play as soon as dinner is over, so without them underfoot it only takes 10-15 minutes tops. It's much less overwhelming when I do it at the same time each day. And I like to wake up to clean dishes.
- We joined the local YMCA recently, and we aim to go every day (except Sunday; they're closed). My logic is if I plan to go six days a week I will actually make it there at least four or five, which is what I really want anyway.
- While the majority of our day could be considered a learning experience (isn't everything "learning" when you're a child?) on any given day we probably do about 30-60 minutes of actual "school work" in the traditional sense. My oldest is six, and I'm not doing anything formal for the younger two (four and almost two).
- The Senior Agents are awake for at least 14 hours each day; the Little Agent for at least 12. No one naps, but barring any illnesses everyone sleeps pretty well at night. Still, it makes for some looooong days around here, even though they all entertain themselves and each other pretty well most of the time. I consider myself more of a hands-off tour guide than an in-your-face event planner.
- On a related note, I try not to structure their days too much. I aim to give them as much freedom to enjoy their time as I can, while still encouraging them to participate in the everyday activities that need to happen to keep the household running smoothly and helping everyone learn to coexist peacefully. (I guess that's a fancy way of saying we don't have a lot of rules or chores or must do's around our house, but instead try to model what is expected so everyone can get along and things that need to happen, happen.)
- We still have book parties at least once a day.
Sometimes we play in the bathtub in the middle of the day
- I bathe all three Agents at 7:00-ish each night. We don't do the typical bath/pajamas/brush teeth/read stories/go to bed routine I seem to hear about everywhere. While Agent A usually goes to sleep not long after bath time, the girls and I stay up for several hours. We read, we talk, we watch television, we snack. Our evenings are very relaxed.