Disclaimer: We are normal people with many ups and downs in our days. Nothing is ever as beautiful or perfect as it may
seem in a blog post or a photo. There is plenty of sibling bickering and stressed out mom moments mixed in. There
are messes to clean and situations to be dealt with. Some days end with one of the kids in tears and other days end
with me in tears. However, everyday I am thankful for this adventurous journey of raising children.
This is just a peak at some of the ways we fill our days. Other days are spent with our nature school friends or field trips.
Step into our adventure………
It’s 6:30 and my alarm goes off. I’ve never been a snooze button type of person, so I swiftly exit the covers and tip-toe
to the bathroom to throw myself together in a quick 5-minutes. This usually consist of yoga pants and a comfy “house”
shirt unless we have an outing planned. The house is quiet. I take in the silence and enjoy the moment,
as I know it will soon be filled with the sounds of laughter, bickering and usually a good dose of chaos. It comes
with the territory when you have 3 kids who spend almost the entire day with one another. I start my morning
coffee, pull on my muck boots and head outside to let the chickens out. The chickens are fed and fresh water is filled.
– On a side note the chickens naturally loose a lot of feathers that I often collect to re-purpose. I just love our nature fairy!
Next, I walk over to the hill and look down towards the river. I listen for the morning birds and If I’m lucky I can catch
a glimpse of the deer family that grazes here in the early mornings. Their beautiful, fluffy, white tails scurry away
and I head back inside to prepare for the day. Man, that sounded pretty dreamy and peaceful. Reality is some
days are cold and rainy and I run like a super ninja, open the chicken coop, toss some food
down and make a mad dash back inside. Today however, was a good day!
There are 3 things that make our morning go smoothly.
2- My essential oil diffuser
3- Amazon Echo dot
I drink my coffee usually while reading. Then I check my emails and browse online for a bit.
Once the kids are up I want to focus on them, so I try and get my social media fix in before
combination usually helps me feel alert and ready to “adult.” Helps being the operative word
here. By 7:30 the kids are usually awake and loud! Some days I find myself wanting to reach for
the bottle of wine in the fridge while taking out the milk for their oatmeal. #realmommoment .
The kids have breakfast and I will usually tell our Amazon Echo to shuffle music from a famous
composer. This month we are enjoying Tchaikovsky. I am hoping the kids will eventually be able
to recognize some of the music pieces. After breakfast we gather for some group reading.
I will sometimes have home-made play-doh set out, or maybe some wooden toys to go along with
our book. I start with a short picture book and then read a devotion, fable or The Story of the World-
maybe all three if things are going well!
We may also look at a few quick pictures from a famous artist for exposure. I have dreams of
someday taking the kids to an art museum and excitedly they point out paintings and works of
art they recognize. Perhaps they will even recall the artist! I have a Montessori type set-up
and the kids are welcome to choose blocks, a basket of animals, the labyrinth, dominoes
and such to keep their hands busy while I read You can see a glimpse of it below to the right.
I’ll work on getting a detailed post of the shelf in the future.
Also our Moons and Blooms poster– we love!
It’s usually around 9:00 that I send the kids upstairs to get dressed, make their beds,
straighten their rooms and bring down their dirty clothes. Then they each have a chore
to complete before they go to play outside. Then to the great outdoors we go!
The kids run around and get some energy out while I walk around the yard enjoying some fresh air.
Some days are totally open ended and other days I will encourage them to walk around and draw
what they see, hear, smell and such. Other days we may do a nature craft. I also take this time to
switch over laundry and wash dishes.
Once we come in we will divide and do some separate work. My 9-year old picks a Bible verse from
his cursive practice book, does some math on Khan academy and some independent reading.
Later he narrates what he read and once a week he produces a page of copy work from
his current read that includes a picture. He also has a shelf of books he can work from during
school time if he chooses. Sometimes he does online piano at Hoffman Academy or watches
how-to videos on topics like origami or how to build a flower pot from legos. As long as he is
engaged and learning I am happy. It’s even better when his younger brother joins so
I can have some 1:1 time with sister.
We have built a lot of pallet shelves as seen on the table below. These are a great way to
display books facing forward. They seem to grab the kid’s attention more this way.
The younger 2, who are 7 & 8 are academically on a similar level. We will usually sit at the table and do some independent reading and
possibly Life of Fred Math or just wing it with a math concept that is currently relevant and use Usborne math books. Other times we play
outside for hours and I just sneak in some math where I can.
All of this is usually done by lunch time. We break for lunch and then the kids will likely choose to go back outside for awhile. During this time
I will clean or work on a project of my own. The kids will come back in and have “rest time” this is either quiet time in their rooms or an
educational video. By 3:00 we will gather for a snack. We enjoy poetry and tea some days. Other times I read aloud or we draw.
We may also have an afternoon of errands or appointments.
As an introvert spending every day answering 100’s of questions and talking to the kids almost non-stop is very
overwhelming for me. My ears begin to get very sensitive to sound, I start getting sinus pressure and a tension
headache when I have to be “on” for too long. When things get too intense I will play an audio book on our
echo and either escape to my room for a bit or take a 10 minute walk around the yard. I actually take a lot of
quick breaks throughout the day! Around 6:00 we have dinner, a quick family pick-up,
some time together in the living room or on the back deck- being silly, having a dance party or playing games and then it’s
time to get ready for bed. I will read a chapter in our family read-aloud (we are currently working through
the Sarah, Plain and Tall series) then the kids get some snuggles and kisses while I tuck them in.
Ah, a successful day of learning, exploring, laughing and living! That’s a win in my books.
We school like this 4 days a week and then Fridays are for co-op classes, nature school adventures
or just relaxing! It isn’t always perfect and it most definitely doesn’t always go as planned, but we
are thankful for our days at home and hope you have found some inspirations!