A Homeschool Day in the Life

(This was an exceptional day, and it actually happened!)

This morning we got up around 7:30. Miraculously, I was awake before the kids. Esmond woke me first, and when I wake up first there's no TV in the mornings. But I still stay in bed for about 30 minutes nursing. First the toddler, then the infant. The kids play for a few minutes when Esmond wakes them up.

When I get out of bed, I hit the ground running. I do have to do a little blogging before I head to the kitchen, but since the kids aren't watching anything, I call them out and tell them to do their copywork, counting practice, and multiplication charts while I work. We finish about the same time, and I move into the kitchen. Another miracle, the dishes were done last night, so the kids start their chores by emptying the dishwasher. I decide on a breakfast idea (sausage with potatoes and onions and some cut up oranges) and start mixing up some bread. Gideon comes to tell me about some invention, I tell him I'm in the middle of 10 different things, and he takes over the sausage frying. Esmond washes the potatoes, and Eowyn washes the oranges, and I do the peeling and cutting. Kitchen work has really turned into teamwork.

After we get breakfast cooking and the bread dough mixed up, I have to nurse again, so I turn on Classical Conversations timeline song. It's 13 minutes long, perfect for nursing and checking Facebook while the kids dance. Today Jeremy is home in the morning, so we all eat breakfast together. He's planned a family hike in the woods this morning, so after breakfast, we all get bundled up to go outside. Everyone beats me outside, and they take care of the animals while waiting for me. For the next hour, we hike around in the woods on our property. It's lovely. (No pictures because I was wearing the baby, and needed my hands.)

We get back and get undressed because by then we are all burning up. Since breakfast was pretty big, lunch is only a snacky meal. Noemi is ready to nurse again, so I tell the kids to get out some math work so that I can teach. I teach on multiplication and patterns, and we make some discoveries with numbers. After the lesson, they do some timed practice. They ask for two more timed sheets for more practice and better times. Eowyn gets her time down to 3 1/2 minutes. They feel accomplished, and I do too.

While all this is going on, Esmond gets ready for a nap and falls asleep nursing. That was easy! Noemi keeps playing on the floor for a while, has a massive poop, and then is ready to nurse and take a nap.

I nurse Noemi, and tell the kids to get out their history notebooks. Gideon can't find his but Eowyn starts writing their history sentence in her's. Gideon looks at our history books, and points out interesting things, we talk about the president, and watch a couple videos. Noemi has fallen asleep, so I go lay her down. That was easy, too!

Two minutes after I come and sit down to do some more work with the kids, Esmond starts crying. (It was too easy.) I go in to hush him, hoping he won't wake up Noemi. Then I'm stuck in my room for the next hour and a half trying to get each baby to go back to sleep. They keep waking each other up. Eowyn brings me the computer so I can turn on Librivox's Tom Sawyer for them to listen to while I'm laying down, and asks if afterward they can watch a show if I fall asleep. I say yes, and determine not to fall asleep.

I fell asleep. And that's when the phone rings. Defeat comes swiftly. Jeremy is on his way home, and Esmond is awake. Up we go!

That nap made me late, I shape the bread, and have the kids take off their sheets to wash. They also have to start folding their clothes from the dryer so that we can move the clothes from the washer so that we can wash their sheets. After we finish all that, we go outside to take care of the animals and play some soccer. (Noemi is, at least, getting a nice long nap.) We play for 20 minutes, after which I am panting and feeling like jello. It was fun, though.

When we come in, Eowyn decides she wants to cook dinner, so she and Gideon set to work making quesadillas. I nurse the baby, and they call me when it's ready. It's delicious! (Maybe even more so because they fixed it for me.) After dinner, we start taking showers, making beds, cleaning up the living room, bathing the littles, and we watch one show together. Jeremy doesn't come home until after 10, and I let the kids stay up later than usual because it's been such a pleasant day. Plus, maybe they'll sleep in again in the morning.

After they do go to bed, Jeremy and I watch some TV, and I blog. Now it's 2 am, and I'm waiting for the oven to preheat because I forgot to bake the bread earlier, and finishing up this post. I'm really tired now. But Esmond has woken up and will be joining us in bed again. He's so cute.

The bread finishes up. I fall into bed, and hope everyone sleeps in and someone does the dishes during the night. (Neither happens, but that's a story for another day!)


  1. Loved reading about your day, thank you for sharing. I love how much your kiddos get outside- we would rather be out than in. And, is there anything better than fresh baked bread? I could smell it while I read your post :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yikes, 2am!! You are one crazy gal! Praying that everyone sleeps in tomorrow! :)

    1. Yes, I am crazy. You know, I can't remember how I used to get my older kids to go to bed earlier, and now I don't get any quiet time until after 10 when the littles finally go to sleep! I don't stay up that late every night though.

  3. I'm tired just reading this! Thank you for sharing your day. Just an fyi, my husband wanted to name our firstborn Eowyn if he had been a girl.

  4. What a sweet family and a lovely day! So glad you shared. How fun to have animals and a woodsy area around you.

  5. My.. you are one busy girl but a happy one, I can tell.. You are in the best stage of your life.. Take it from one who stills wishes the nest was full.. So enjoyed reading about your long day.. Now I am your new follower.. Found you through JES...

  6. Such a busy, lovely homeschool day! My kids are 14, 15, & 16 now so my homeschool days have changed dramatically. I miss the days when they were more like yours.


  7. Hope the bread was nice and that you got a little sleep in. Thanks for sharing a snippet of your lives at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  8. I love days like these! :) Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week! :)

  9. What a productive day. I adore how your kids pitch in without being asked. You're doing something right! Enjoy your day.


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