I will try to do one of these a week, for the next five weeks, highlighting a different day each time. They may or may not be in order, as I want them to be "typical" days, and unfortunately I have no control over what life throws at us.
Our Typical Homeschool Monday:
Mondays are our back-to-the-grind days, as they are for most people. After a weekend of coming and going, staying up later than usual, and just plain over doing the fun, Mondays are for quiet regrouping. This is the one day I try not to leave the house.
This was our day, on March 31, 2014. It was a very typical Monday.
To begin, I had coffee, checked the news, and watched my 4 year old play with blocks and snack on cereal.
Next, I woke the late sleepers, and made breakfast: bacon, egg, and cheese burritos for the older 2, cheese toast for the youngest, and fruit for all.
Then, after we had all washed up and completed morning chores (basically just feeding the cats & letting them out, and emptying the trash & dishwasher), we were ready to work. My daughter started with spelling and language arts, my oldest son did his algebra (with the help of an online tutor program), and my preschooler worked on letter formation, then cutting practice.
About 45 minutes later, I taught my daughter her math lesson, while my oldest son read his civics lesson, and my 4 year old played with Unifix Cubes. Whatever works!
Once the concepts were grasped, my daughter answered math problems from her book, my oldest son answered essay questions from his civics book, my preschooler played somewhat quietly, and I folded laundry, while attempting to catch up on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Ha! (I remained available, to answer any questions of course.)
After the morning's assignments were completed, we headed outside for a bit of fresh air.
LUNCH!!! Today we had leftover spaghetti & meatballs and salads.
My preschooler was whiny, so after cleaning up this adorable mess, I laid him down for a nap.
Then, my oldest worked on his literature studies, and my 9 year old knocked out a little science.
Once they finished those assignments, my daughter worked on a social studies/map skills project, and my 14 year old worked on an earth science experiment.
Projects/experiments completed, they both moved on to their afternoon reading. I jumped back on the laundry for a bit, then picked up some clutter, and swept the kitchen.
Little one's up! Quick snack...
...then back outside, for him. The big ones have "free time," and can do as they wish, within reason of course. My oldest jumped on his iPod to play games, and chat with friends. My daughter shot hoops for about 20 minutes, before jumping on her iPod to Face Time chat.
This is where our homeschool day ends, and our family evening begins. I'll cook dinner, while the kids hang out, probably watching TV or playing....or both. Then, we'll have family dinner, do dishes, get everyone clean, spend some time together, and get everyone off to bed, with a book in hand. It was a pretty good Monday.