Sedona is in 2nd grade, and still does most of her work one-on-one with me. Sierra is in 5th grade, and does a lot of her work independently. Also, we have an actual set school time this year. This is new for us. We used to play our day by ear, having a list of tasks, but not a specific time to do them. I've always shied away from a specific schedule because there are so many things that can mess them up, but this has been working out extremely well to help Sedona stay focused and to help both of them get through their work without complaining about the time spent.
Everyone wakes up when they want, makes their breakfast and watches some cartoons while they eat.
The kids have free time, usually involving riding scooters or doing flips or standing on their head, while I get my brain caffeinated and respond to work emails (new mothers.....always sending emails at 3 in the morning...)
School time. Sounds so simple, doesn't it? A lot of people assume all of our days are like weekends, that we're home and free at a moment's notice. Here's what this two hour block looks like:
Sedona and I walk into the school room at 9 to find Sierra has already gotten started on her Spanish work so she'll be able to finish school a little earlier today. She's a morning person and prefers working early:
Lunch time! The girls are generally tired and lunch is pretty quiet and low-key. I eat while checking work email again. Those moms I wrote to first thing in the morning have generally replied back with answers to my questions or with more questions of their own. Sometimes I'm working on a class I'm teaching, or sending invoices. I almost always get a chance to also check in with friends on facebook and play a quick mindless game.
Free time for Sedona and Secora. Sedona heads next door to round up a neighbor kid to play with
We start with biology. It's not as scary as it looks! Every Monday, she reads the chapter for the week, then we sit down together and I read it to her, while expanding on key points and explaining things she doesn't quite understand. We're working on learning how to take notes in a lecture environment, so this also involves ME taking notes on my own "lecture" while she also takes notes based on what she's hearing and seeing me write.
Back to official school time, which means I put Secora down for her nap, then did Sedona's math lesson with her (the last thing on her schedule this day). I don't have a picture though, because at this point, Sierra decided to take a break and try her hand at stop motion animation:
Various bedtime routines for all the little people.
Momma is finally totally off-duty. Time to sit down with some ice cream and netflix. I remembered right before bed that it was Monday, which meant the next day was Tuesday...speech therapy day. One of the big girls goes to speech with Secora and me, the other goes to work with Josh for the morning. Monday night I pack up some assignments that can be done independently so the kid that goes with Josh can get some school work done without bothering him too much.
I play facebook games or read until my brain stops spinning so I can get some sleep and do it all over again the next day!
It's a great life and I love the flexibility of being able to set our own routine, schedule days off when we need or want to and not having homework assignments keeping us up late, but it is busy. It wasn't like this when it was just Sierra, but with the way we homeschool, I expect the days will look similar to this until Secora is about 10 or 11 and all of the girls are more independent studiers. Last year was busy, but this year feels almost like a full-time job. We are less stressed and staying on task better, but more often than not I look up and it's 4 or 4:30 and all I've done is school and my lactation work all day and friends and family are leaving voice mails and emails wondering where I'm at. Just keeping all these kids educated!