Aug 022012

Throughout the month of August, our authors will be sharing ‘A Day in the Life’ ā€“ each from their unique perspective. Our posts will join with others in iHomeschool Network’s Not Back-to-School Blog Hop.

I’m hoping this post will eliminate some of the “wow, you really have it all together” comments that I occasionally hear.

Here is a typical Monday at our house:

6:00 – Husband wakes up and gets ready for work.
6:20 – I stumble out of bed and get his breakfast ready (nothing spectacular, usually a couple pieces of toast or some grits in the microwave) and then see him off to work.
6:30 – I start the coffee and unload the dishwasher and then sit in my favorite chair for some quiet time.
7:00 – 5 year old creeps down the stairs and starts asking questions. I tell him to work on some puzzles while I try to finish my quiet time.
7:30 – I hear the 9 and 11 year olds thumping around upstairs, half playing and half doing chores.
8:00 – 5 year old and 9 year old start making breakfast (usually Pop Tarts, cereal, waffles, or toast). I get the little guy (almost 2) out of bed, change diaper, then into his chair for breakfast, then I head to the shower while the guys eat.
8:15-8:30 – 11 year old is finally finished with chores and ready for breakfast.
8:45 – I’m out of the shower and dressed. I make my bed, start the laundry. The guys are either arguing, rowdying, or cleaning up something that was spilled while they were rowdying). I send them off to brush their teeth while I make more coffee and start the bread in the bread machine. Almost 2 year old is somewhere getting into something.
9:00-10:00 – 9 and 11 year olds start the school subjects they can do on their own – Handwriting, Reading, English and Math. I tell them to sit down and be quiet probably about 42 times in that first hour. 5 year old and almost 2 year old are chasing each other around the house, squealing and making car noises. I work on the laundry, check email, etc… Then the ready-to-check schoolwork starts to pile up on my desk.

“Guys please sit still long enough for me to take one picture!”

10:00-11:30 – 5 year old starts some school. We do some letter sounds, beginning reading and writing. We work in some of his workbooks and read some books and play some games. 2 year old is crying because he wants my attention. He’s up and down from my lap about 25 times in 10 minutes. 9 and 11 year olds are still working, schoolwork is still piling up on my desk. Bread dough is overflowing the bread machine because it beeped an hour ago.


11:30 Everybody is asking about lunch. I say, “as soon as I finish checking all this work.” Then I start checking the work. Almost 2 year old is somewhere getting into something.

“Who made this mess?”

12:00 or so – I give up on checking work and we have lunch. I send everyone outside with their sandwiches because the table is stacked with books and really, I need some peace and quiet. They chase each other around the yard and catch a toad or two. I enjoy the quiet and finish checking everything.

“Mom, this one is missing a foot!”

1:00 – I call everyone back in. Little one goes down for his nap. 5 year old has some quiet time on the couch. Big guys start correcting the work I checked. They get started with History and Science (getting out books and notebooks, writing words). I do some more laundry and clean up lunch.
1:30-3:00 – We listen to our History lesson while the guys read along in the book. They write definitions, answer questions, etc.. Then we start Science. I planned to do some fun activity, but by this point I’m too tired for anything fun and we just read the lesson and answer questions. I check the rest of the day’s work and send the guys back outside or to their rooms for quiet time depending on the weather.
3:00 – More coffee. Check some e-mail, Facebook, browse through a bunch of yummy stuff on Pinterest & plan next week’s menu.
4:00 – The guys start asking about playing Wii. Ok, anything for a little more peace and quiet. I finish up the laundry, work some more on the menu. Little guy wakes up from his nap.
5:00 – Chores time for the guys. I start dinner. Little guy is tugging on my pants asking for milk. I’m counting the minutes ’til Daddy gets home. I’m asked at least 6 times, “what is for dinner?” Which is always interesting to me because I only have 4 kids. I might just start answering, “something from Pinterest,” because that is almost always true.
5:30 – Garage door opener announces that Daddy is home. Cheers all around. Everybody thunders down the stairs. Let the rough-housing begin. I think the house might come apart at the seams, but I remind myself that these guys need that time with their daddy and try to hold the bear cub image in my mind.
6:00 – Dinner. 9 year old scarfs it down. 11 year old studies it and asks questions about it, but eats it anyway. 5 year old picks at it. Almost 2 year old throws it on the floor.
6:30 – 11 year old cleans the kitchen. 9 and 5 year olds brush teeth and get ready for bed. Mom and Dad referee. Almost 2 year old is somewhere getting into something.
7:00 – Everybody heads downstairs for a movie.
8:00 – Bedtime. Sweet, precious bedtime. Dad tucks in the big guys while I tuck in the littles. Somebody needs to go to the bathroom one more time. One more is thirsty. Then Dad goes for a run while I sit on the porch and watch.
9:00 – 11:00 – We enjoy the quiet, watch some TV, and get ready to start all over again tomorrow.

~ By Kendra, Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tales

  9 Responses to “A Day in the Life of Homeschooling Boys”

  1. You don’t know how helpful this was, Kendra. Sometimes you feel like you are alone in the seemingly “monotony” on a homeschool routine, but if you look in each little moment it’s anything but monotonous!

    Your kids are a lot like mine!

    Love a peek into you homeschool!

  2. This is such a slice of real life Kendra. I love it because I can identify with much – even though I have more girls than boys. I love it because I have those same tugs and questions from mine. The small triumphs mixed with the frustrations. And I love how you add in the brief breaks for mom and dad!

  3. Love it! Thank you for giving us a peek into your day. If you ever figure out how to get them still longer than one picture, you must share the secret! I love the quiet time you get with dad!

  4. I love this honest portayal of your day! (You and your house still LOOK like you have it all together! =) My favorite line is “I planned to do some fun activity, but by this point Iā€™m too tired for anything fun and we just read the lesson and answer questions.” I’ve been there! I also love how you get through the day with 3 pots of coffee…. =) I’d be like you if I had boys.

  5. I love it! My favorite is the almost 2 year old somewhere getting into something- that is the story of my life. People keep asking me how I can get anything done- I just block us into one area of the house together so that while I work with my 5 year old at least I can see the 2 year old getting into something. We call him houdini because he can break out and into anything. Thanks for the slice of life that reminds me that even amazing homeschooling moms are still normal – It reminds me of Elijah when the Bible tells us that Elijah was a man just like us- I’ll bet his day to day looked a lot like other people’s too.

  6. “I planned to do some fun activity, but ….”
    Man, that is the truth some days for sure!!!!
    Love the picture of reality you created šŸ™‚

  7. Yay! A real mom with real boys! So good to know there are others out there who get “too tired for the fun stuff” and who need to send the boys outside!

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