This could get interesting. You're talking about a woman who has a hard time with routines. Just the word itself conjures up images of consistency and habits. I've found that the only consistency in life I have is being inconsistent. Well, that and Dr Pepper, but I doubt that second one counts for much. Unless you work at the Dr Pepper plant and then you likely appreciate me. But I digress.
Anyway, we actually DO have a routine and we've been known to follow it. On occasion. So when we are on track, it looks something like this:
Disclaimer: Add the suffix -ish to all times listed below.
6:45 - Have breakfast, Bible study, and quiet time. Hopefully early enough to join Hubby. Do a quick check of email, twitter, and blogosphere.
8:30 - Get the boys up, utilizing the loud, meowing feline alarm clock. They eat breakfast while I shower, get dressed, and get laundry going.
9:00 - Begin school with Bible reading & discussion and prayer
9:45 - Take a walk (usually).
10:30 - Get home (depends upon where we walk). Snack time. Boys work on English & Math. I help as needed. I also load the dishwasher, tidy up the kitchen, and take the next step with laundry.
Noon - Have lunch. Sometimes I prepare lunch. Other days, they come fix their own.
By 1:00 - Back to school. 3+ days we do Science. Also KONOS unit study. Boys wrap up anything undone in Math or English. On Thursdays, the Comedian has bowling league.
They're usually done anywhere from 3:00-4:00. Art and computer usually happen in the afternoon. We still need to add foreign language into our days. I also include Practical Living Skills throughout our week, be it cooking, laundry, or other useful training. It seems that we might do something else (or maybe we should), but I can't figure out what I'm missing here.
The things that make the biggest difference for me are:
- Quiet time with the Lord first thing - before the boys wake up
- School plans the weekend/night before
- Having meals planned and dinner started before 10:00 a.m.
- Ignoring the phone during school hours
- Staying home
When I follow the routine, things really go quite well. It's those FBTSOMP (Fly By The Seat Of My Pants) days that don't. Been there, done that too many times. Usually results in attendance at Slacker School. No thank you.
Homeschool Light 101 - This is the modified version of our routine which has been implemented during the "Mom has to pack the house, because we might move one of these days" mode. In this case, we have Bible & prayer and the boys do their English, Math, and reading. Sometimes we still get other subjects in, but not often.