Friday, March 29, 2013

A Peak at Our DAY: Session 4 Week 5 - A Day in the Life

Oh, gosh, it's been a while since I've done a Day in the Life post, hasn't it? I love reading how others spend their homeschooling days. It's interesting to see how different we homeschoolers are, yet, we all have a common goal of raising lifelong learners. So, welcome to Wednesday at Our Side of the Mountain!

In Our Homeschool this DAY
(Oh, and before you read about our day...I'll be starting up the Explorers Blog Hop again on Sunday. I'd love for you to link up ANY and ALL outdoor posts!)

6:30-8:30am  :stretch: I woke up with a cat laying on my feet. She followed me downstairs as I did some tidying up. (Dirty dishes, vacuuming and sweeping never end, do they?) I let the dog out, opened the coop and brought feed and water to the chickens and ducks. The animals were "bushy-tailed" this clear, chilly morning. :shiver: I ate applesauce-maple syrup oatmeal with honey tea for breakfast.  And then settled down for some Words with Friends and Facebook time.

8:30-9:00am Methinks the saplings played quietly in their bedrooms a little too late last night as I had to wake them up. Groggy, grumpy kids meandered downstairs for oatmeal or cereal while I scrubbed toilets. (Just keeping it real. :wink:)

9:00-10:45am White Pine plopped down on the sofa to read Ivanhoe and watch physics videos from Coursera. He's not feeling too spiffy so I gave him a dose of allergy meds. Sugar Maple, Balsam Fir and I gathered around the coffee table to learn about knights and samurai from SOTW. (I wondered when we would get to knights!) I photocopied a shield from the activity book and the saplings drew a picture to represent themselves (like knights did) and, after a brief Haiku lesson, wrote poems (like the samurai did). Then they moved onto math and after, while Sugar Maple showered, Balsam Fir finished up a Types of Animals science file folder game. And I re-vacuumed the livingroom as Balsam Fir left a trail of Coco Krispies through it. :sigh:

10:45-11:00am Break time! Balsam Fir "disappeared" upstairs to build with Legos (scattered around his bedroom like snowflakes in a blizzard) and White Pine started "Ken Burns: The War" (Netflix) (WWII) and pulled out his Biology Coloring Book. And Sugar Maple? She spent her time combing her hair. (Why? Don't ask me! :laugh:)

11:00-11:40am Balsam Fir and Sugar Maple switched doing Word Builder (spelling) on the computer and math facts on a free Kindle Fire app, and then Sugar Maple worked on her Science Notebook (comets) while Balsam Fir read aloud to me from Busy Times (Pathway Readers) and made "rainbow words" from words he missed. White Pine continued on with his history movie and Biology (until he fell asleep for 10 minutes and I woke him).

11:40-12:40pm My younger saplings headed outside for a romp through the snow AND mud, and let flock out to forage. (We free range under supervision.) I made BLTs with orange "smileys" and carrot and celery sticks for lunch, started the dishwasher and managed to poke myself twice with a steak knife, once on each hand. Talent! :wink: After lunch, I read aloud from Prince Caspian.

12:40-2:15pm Balsam Fir ran upstairs to build with Legos again, and Sugar Maple made banana bread, watched "Liberty's Kids" (Netflix)(Revolutionary War)  and practiced clarinet. White Pine finished up his movie and coloring and worked on plant adaptations and responses and invertebrates for Prentice Hall Biology and then "poop scooped" for me. (What a good boy!) I cleaned up from lunch, mopped, collected eggs, and started a load of laundry.

2:15-6:00pm The saplings walked to the end of the road to meet White Pine's friend - I'll call him White Birch -  as he got off the school bus and collected the mail. They played basketball with a soccer ball while the flock free ranged again, having banana bread for snack, before coming in for XBox football. Balsam Fir decided to be contrary and wanted SALAD and RANCH DRESSING instead, and watched "Top Gear". It's hard to argue with him when he's eating veggies! I hung laundry on the lines, made a Critter Sitter Care Card (for White Birch to care for our animals when we're gone) and then sat down for a breather with my book and Hot Cocoa. Have you read The Secrets of Mary Bowser? Great historical novel! White Birch walked home. And I whipped up dinner: buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, ham, steamed broccoli, and pineapple chunks.

6:00-8:00pm Wind down time! The saplings caught dishes up for me while I was on the phone and reading e-mails. Then each of us went about whatever fancied us: video games, computer system research on-line, reading, SPINNING IN OFFICE CHAIRS, Facebook, patting the cat. Around 7:15pm White Pine and Sugar Maple locked the flock in for the night.

8:00pm-10:00pm We watched "Survivor". Yes, it's not the most "wholesome" show, but we do find it interesting to watch.  And then got ready for bed. Good night! 


  1. Goodness. Your day is more organized than I could dream it to be. Ugh!

    It all looks good though.

  2. WOW that's a day for sure! Found your link up over at Mary's Homegrown Learners...have a blessed Easter!

  3. Love the step by step look at your day! Happy Easter - enjoy your weekend.God bless!

  4. I want to do this one day but I will probably never post it out of shear embarrassment. On the other hand it might encourage me to get more done in the day if I was recording everything.

  5. You Wow me with all that you've accomplished and have given me some educational viewing ideas for Jeremiah!
    Thanks for linking up to Friendship Friday at, "Living and Learning With Our New Normal"

  6. Wow! You get a lot done in a day. Thanks for your transparency!

  7. I love reading Day in the Life posts, I haven't done one in awhile though. Maybe next week!

  8. I am exhausted by reading this. You are sure on the go all day. You are very organized and structured, too!

  9. That is one busy day. I love reading about your chickens, but you know, I don't think I'm up for owning them. I'm not even sure I'd be up for chicken-sitting, LOL!

    I really am impressed with everything that everyone did all day. Sheesh. Baking the banana bread would have been a major event in our house. Er.. cooking of any kind by anybody at this point would be a major event. ;-)

    Have a good weekend, and maybe it will be more relaxing!

  10. I am way behind on doing a day in the life. Maybe, I will do one next week. It sounds like a fantastic day to me. The bread looks GOOOOD! I am trying to decide if I am up for chickens this year. There is so much yard work to do with this new property and some kind of a garden to get in to the ground.
    Blessings, Dawn

  11. I love reading posts like these! So busy! And so happy to hear that you were able to take a bit of time for yourself - book and hot cocoa...even briefly. I also love your chicken felt like spring today in Maine!!

  12. I wish my day was that organized LOL. Sounds lovely!!!! Happy Easter!!

  13. I love your day.
    I think you'd find mine quite boring. If I was a big girl and lived on a farm, it might be as fun... :-)

    Anywhoooo sounds like a great day. Thanks for sharing it.
    A late Happy Easter!

  14. I wrote a day in the life post today to see what would happen. It was an interesting experience. I did get a little more done but today was my busiest of the week. I am going to do it again on quieter day.

  15. What a delightful post. I love the idea of doing a day in the life post. Maybe I'll try it sometime. Thanks for the mention of the math app for Kindle. I went straight to Amazon and purchased it as I am always looking for math apps for my 3rd grader and her kindle. I love that you wrote "spinning in office chairs" in all caps. My kids do that too! ALL THE TIME!!! It made me smile. Hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings!


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