Prior to pulling him out of public school around Halloween, I was substitute teaching on a regular basis and/or part-time teaching reading, but did have plenty of free days as well. Now that I have J home everyday, I have rearranged a few things, but have found a nice rhythm that seems to meet all our needs, without adding unnecessary stress. So please don't worry about me - I have the best life and find plenty of time to take care of myself:)
I thought I'd write up schedule for a typical day for me and give you a behind the scenes look at how I keep it all running relatively smoothly and keep my sanity as well. I found this blog entitled "What Kind of Mom are You?" and it is awesome! I am definitely a "Rountine Lover" which puts me at a personality type of A-, which is a perfect description of how I run both my personal life and our homeschool day!
7:30-8:00 Drink 2 cups of coffee, let the dog out, eat some yogurt, check email, news, Facebook, Twitter, etc...
8:00-8:30 Get Caroline up (not an easy task), make her breakfast and pack her lunch, make Jackson breakfast
8:30-8:45 Drive C to school (usually in my PJs and slippers)
8:45-9 Help J shower. While he gets himself dressed, I get my yoga clothes on
9-9:30 J and I do yoga together, then read a Bible devotional book and do some out loud reading (we are currently reading a poem book).
9:30-9:45 Quickly change out of my yoga clothes and try to look presentable for the day
9:45-11 Shopping w/ J...grocery shopping, cleaners, library, Target, CVS, Starbucks, car wash, etc...This gets easier everyday as he has more understanding of social expectations for behavior. We usually have a great time just tooling around town! Once we get home, I have until 11 to unpack and organize anything we bought because at 11 on the dot...
11-11:30 We do a Math lesson & work
11:30-12 I make J's lunch which lately has been corn pasta and fruit and my lunch which is usually leftovers
12-12:30 While J is on the iPad, I prep his lessons for the afternoon and try to clean up from the whirlwind morning
12:30-1 J and I walk Duke, go for a short hike around the lake or play Wii Fit together
1-1:30 We do a Language Arts lesson & work
1:30-2 I teach J how to do daily chores which have included: filling and emptying the dishwasher, cleaning his room, vacuuming, sweeping, or picking up junk left strewn around the house.
2-2:30 We do a Social Studies or Science lesson & work
2:30-3 While J does an iPad reading lesson on the couch, I clean up the books, supplies and work from the school day and prep the lessons for the next morning
3-4 School day over!! At this point I have 1 hour until C gets home, so I try to do NOTHING and just relax alone somewhere in the house. I read a book, check the computer, watch TV, take a shower, workout, talk on the phone...whatever I want essentially:)
4-4:15 Pickup C from school
4:15-5 Hang out w/ C & help her w/ her homework
5-5:30 Paul gets home from work and we all get ready for whatever basketball event is going on that night: practice, games, Georgetown games, games on TV, etc...
5:30-6 Make snack or early dinner for Paul, C and I before they head out for basketball, make J dinner (special dietary needs)
6-7:30 Putter around house cleaning up, putting laundry away, doing dishes, etc...Occasionally workout if feeling motivated
7:30-8 Prep lessons for following day, answer emails, blog, tweet, etc... Paul and C usually come home during this time and heat up dinner leftovers if hungry
8 BEDTIME!!! Paul handles these duties: vitamins, teeth, pray, and read while I finish cleaning up and then open a bottle of wine!
10:30-11ish Bedtime...We can rarely stay up past 11 these days...but I sleep like a baby until...
7:30 Paul kisses me on the forehead when he leaves for work, and I roll out of bed to start the whole process over again...
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