In order to fit homeschooling into our routine I’ve had to tweak things a bit.
It’s working out well, I think. In the morning we get up and eat breakfast, do an activity together (like Math) and then we have a short break while I prep lunch. We eat a big meal for lunch because Tyler works nights, then for supper we have something light. Kind of reversed from the norm, but whatever.
After our short break we read a story from our list–Rosie chooses. Then I set Rosie up with some art or a craft, or she plays with toys, or she goes outside. I cook lunch while holding Ada.
After lunch we run errands or spend a little time with Tyler. Then Ada takes a nap (on me) and Tyler leaves for work at 3:30. Rosie reads books with me if she wants, or she just plays and draws in her notebook. After Ada wakes up (around 4:30) Rosie and I do another school thing together if she is in the mood. Then we hang out and play and make something simple for supper.
After supper we watch one TV show. Then we might read another story or look at some fun library books on nights they don’t take a bath. (While they are playing in the tub 3 or 4 nights a week I clean the bathroom, it gets dirty an hour after it’s scrubbed seems like. I try to clean the tub itself during the day once a week, usually Mondays.)
After that, around 7:30, we start cleaning up together. I set a timer on the microwave and we run and tidy up as fast as we can before the ten minute timer goes off. Rosie likes this. Ada even helps clean up, she loves to pick up things from the floor and drop them in a bin. I quickly prep anything I need for the next day, like setting out oats to soak for breakfast or chopping veggies or fruit. Rosie dwadles putting on her PJ’s and brushing her teeth and I pretend to be annoyed but Rosie and I both know it doesn’t matter. I hold Ada while vacuuming quickly in the kitchen and living room–lots of crumbs, tracked in dirt, and pet fur! Then our small house is somewhat tidy and I can breathe.
I close the chicken coop doors since they’ve gone to bed at dusk and Ada stands at the back door watching me. Rosie helps me feed the dogs, water them, and put them outside then let them in again. Hank sleeps in his crate because he’s naughty otherwise, Manuel sleeps snuggled with Ada, and Abby sleeps in the bedroom doorway on constant intruder alert.
At 8:30 we are in bed and I put Ada in her pajamas and double diaper her bum. Then we waste more time laughing and playing around in bed before they finally nurse and snuggle to sleep.
If I can get Ada to stay asleep by herself for more than five minutes I would get up and do the dishes at night, but that doesn’t seem to be working out. The hardest part is finding time for dishes, deep cleaning, and putting away laundry. My days are going by so fast, it’s like there’s just no time. Right now I have five baskets of clean laundry waiting to be put away! At least there’s hardly anything dirty.
Here are the girls in bed tonight…