I know too well that every day is a bit different and their is no such thing as a perfect day. Not with 5 kids, constant house guests and unplanned interruptions. I have tried so hard to weed out all distractions so our day can be completed with ease.
Our schedules have very little times. I don't want to feel pressured. I don't want to rush but want to complete every task proficiently. I do however have a start date and an estimated lunch date but that will vary based on when morning work is completed.
By this time kids are downstairs, dressed and have eaten breakfast. Little House On The Prairie is read aloud by me during breakfast if I happen to sit down to actually breathe. Chores are complete and we sit down together for bible time.
Bible time is one of my favorite times to spend with my kids. I love explaining the passages with them. I also think this is key to having a good day or not!
After our bible time , the older girls have 5 minutes of creative/journal time. We alternate journaling or having a creative writing topic. Either way, they have to write non-stop for 5 minutes. Even if its just how they have nothing to write about.
During their writing time, I take the 3 littles and we read a story. Then I have them tell it back to me as best they can and then we discuss it. They LOVE this part.
The littles color or complete whatever activity I have planned for them and the older girls work on Language Arts. Molly has some worksheets that focus on numbers that she does at the table with the big girls.
We then flow into math and complete set assignments.
LUNCH!... and clean up.
Free time for just a bit.
Abby goes down for a nap and the the girls entertain Noah while I focus on our reading program with Molly.
She works on her writing sounds as well.
Then we alternate Social studies and Science depending on the day. The girls have separate science units for now and they do History together. Im hoping to combine both subjects one day... one sweet blissful day. But today is not that day.
Study-time/ Free time
After dinner is unscheduled or planned. We either have church activities or we play the wii or hang as a family. Just relaxing.
Literature is done with a group we meet with once a month.
Art is done once a week. We go to the Zoo ( we have a membership) and observe nature, go for walks, sketch the animals and just learn. (weather permitting of coarse.)
I also bought this amazing book that teaches our Government system. I somehow want to incorporate it into our morning routine. Just 5 minutes learning a snippet or two on how this country runs.
* Its not a perfect routine but for now I think its exactly what we need!. I can't wait for my books to come so I can pour thru them all. I will be sure to share once they arrive!!!