Thursday, March 17, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up - Days 128-132 A Day in the Life

I enjoy reading "A Day in the Life" of homeschooling families because we're all SO unique. It's interesting to see how others spend their school days whether they are Mason followers, Eclectic, Traditional or Unschoolers. So, here's OUR Day in the Life for Monday. 
Our White Board with Daily Assignments, School Goals and Daily Schedule
8:00am-9:00am I made pancakes for breakfast with fresh cantaloupe and pineapple and skim milk, and got a load of clothing going in the washer and tidied up the LR. After breakfast, the kids cleaned off the table and got dressed. 
J Reading After Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am We started our daily school assignments, which are written on a white board with our schedule for the day and some school goals. J read By Heresies Distress (Weber) and wrote up a few articles for Pond Press. C took her All About Spelling Level 2 Step 10 test, completed supplemental practice 68 in Saxon 54, and read the last section on snakes in Apologia Zoology III, starting her Snakes vs. Lizards Venn Diagram. S completed his Kumon mazes 29, drew his first Draw Write Now Book 1 animal and background (Hen), spelled short /i/ CVC words with All About Spelling letter tiles and homemade word cards, completed fill-in-the-blank short /i/ word sentences, and read Pig Wig and Pig Wig Can Hit. I vaccumed the LR carpet. 
C Working on Math
S Completing his Kumon Maze
S's Hen Drawing for Draw Write Now
S Spelling /i/ Words
S Reading
10:00am-11:00am S took a short break while C continued working on a few math corrections and J his Pond Press stories (although I caught him reading his book instead of typing in articles). Once finished with math, C took a break to draw a picture on the mini white board before doing her Handwriting Without Tears Cursive page 27 and 2 days of Daily Grams.  S finished up his assignments with coloring and putting stickers on 5 more US states and completing Houghton Mifflin More, Fewer and Same worksheets. I switched the laundry to the dryer and finished tidying up the kitchen.
"Yes, Mom! I'm working on Pond Press. I'm not reading my book!"
C's Cursive
S's Math
11:00am-12:00pm C moved on to her composition about a boy named Timmy and his soccer balls, finishing up for the day at 11:40am. J moved on to games at Anatomy Arcade, completed 6 mini-books for his Apologia General Science Lap n' Note and finished Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra lesson 87. I swept the kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and foyer, cleaned up the outerwear and footwear area and put lunch in the oven.
J Filling Out General Science Mini-books

Our Distraction LOL
S Settling Down to a Movie While Playing with Trains Before Lunch
J Working on Math
12:00pm-3:00pm We had homemade mini pizzas for lunch with carrot sticks. After cleaning up, C and S went outside to play in the snow with our dog while J continued on with his assignments. He finished up for the day with Geography games at Sheppard Software and Rowe Grammar Skills Test A (Unit 2) and joined his siblings outside. The kids played in the snow and spent time observing our feeder birds and squirrels (by sitting still in camp chairs a few feet from them). I folded and sorted clean laundry, chatted on-line with my homeschool friend A, deleted e-mails, and read a few chapters in my book Mistress of Rome (Quinn). 

3:00pm-4:45pm I made apple and pear salsa, sweetened with honey and cooked until soft, and baked cinnamon-sugar tortilla triangle "dippers" with vanilla yogurt for snack. J gathered trash, put away his clothing and BEGAN tidying his bedroom. C cleaned the litterbox, put away her clothing and BEGAN tidying HER bedroom. (See a trend? LOL) S put away his clothing and helped tidy up his bedroom with J. And together they put away clean dishes and put dirty ones in to the dishwasher. Once chores were completed, the kids had free time.
Apple-Pear Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips and Vanilla Yogurt
4:45pm-7:00pm I drove J to his first basketball play-off game while A stayed home and started dinner with the other kids.  His team won!
Throwing in the Ball and Yelling the Play
Making Things Difficult for the Player Throwing in the Ball
Final Score - We're the Guests
7:00pm-8:00pm  We sat down to a yummy family dinner of baked pork chops, skillet potatoes and steamed carrots. The kids helped with dinner clean-up and then C headed off for a shower while S took a bath. C, S and I gathered on my bed and I read Caps For Sale (Slobodkina), If You Give a Moose a Muffin (Numeroff) and Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Viorst) to them before tucking S into bed for the night.

8:00pm-11:00pm C stayed up until 9:00 reading The Grand Escape (Naylor) then went to sleep. J stayed up until 10:00pm, playing DSi games, reading and watching TV before showering and reading A Mighty Fortress (Weber) until 11:00pm. Phew! Day 128 completed!

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  1. I enjoy seeing how other homeschoolers run their day as well. It has helped me evaluate ours, and I have even made some nice changes this year thanks to the inspiration that they provided. Thanks for sharing your day!

  2. Thanks for sharing! You sure had a productive day and that pear salsa looks yummy.

    Annie Kate

  3. Great daily schedule! Very organized and looks like you accomplished a lot!

  4. I like how you throw your pictures in while describing your days. We have those magnetic bingo letters and I did not even think to put them on a pan! Brilliant!

  5. I am totally not that organized. Every 7 minutes I'm after Kayleigh about something. LOL

    I must have the recipe for that salsa!!

  6. I really liked the magnets on the tin lid too! Looks like a wonderful day :)

  7. Wow, what an organised and productive day! I'm full of envy!

  8. Sounds like a great productive day!

  9. Great blog! You have a nice mix of learning and fun :)

    I'm following from Hip Homeschool Hop! Be sure to link up at "Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop...or Bounce" today, and while you're there, explore some other ways kids can learn while they play with Disney entertainment!

  10. Following you from the blog hop! Adorable kids you have! Please stop by and say hi

  11. Hi, I am a new follower. Great Blog.

    Carolyn @


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