|Sometimes coffee helps us make it through the day. 🙂|
One challenge that we face is the fact that in addition to homeschooling, I also work from home. Some days are more like part time days, where I only have to work two or three hours a day. Other days, like today, I have almost a full eight-hour day of work. This makes adding school to the mix a challenge. So far, we’ve managed it pretty well. Monkey is continuing to learn, and that’s the most important thing for her right now!
This is how a typical day goes at our house:
9ish: Monkey wakes up. Sometimes I wake up a good bit before her, sometimes not. From 9 to 10 I set up my work day and figure out what I have to do. I find resources for my writing and outline what I need to do for the day. Today, I have about 15 projects. Most days I only have around 4-6. I’m making up for my day off tomorrow though, so it’s mostly a self-inflicted pain today.
10ish: We eat something. This is typically whatever we have in the house. Some days I make something super delicious, and some days we have cereal or oatmeal. Today is an oatmeal day.
11ish: I start on my first batch of work. I typically break down my work into 1-2 hour increments. During this time, Monkey is allowed to play or do art. Sometimes she watches educational TV or plays a video game. I don’t really feel like most of the video games she plays are bad for her mental health. They either help build reflexes or creativity. 🙂
12-1ish: Monkey has her first batch of school. Usually, we do two subjects per batch. She likes to start with math, so that’s usually what we do first. Then I add a supplemental subject afterward, like science, grammar, or spelling.
1-2ish: I have my second batch of work. Some days we eat lunch at this time.
2-3ish: Monkey has a second batch of school. Usually, reading goes in this batch. Sometimes we eat lunch around now.
3-4ish: I have another batch of work. Most days I don’t have more than three batches of work, but some days, like today, I will have more. On those days, I sometimes don’t finish my work day until around 6PM.
5-7ish: I prepare some food to eat. Monkey helps clean up the house.
And there you have it. We handle work and school by breaking it up throughout the day. Of course, when Monkey 2 arrives, this schedule will suddenly revolve around a three hour schedule! 🙂 But flexibility is the key to working and homeschooling, I think. Sadly, I have yet to fully grasp how to work all of the housework things into this schedule. But that’s what weekend are for, right?