We started school this week after a wonderful, fun filled summer break. The kids are ready to get back into a regular routine so most everyone was happy to get started (the teens - not so much :0)!!}
After a lot of prayer and thought I think I've come up with a really workable schedule for our home this year.
The most important part of the plan for me is to get up before the kids and have some quiet time with the Lord. This has always been a challenge as all my kiddos have been early risers. This year though I have decided to tell them that they cannot come out of their rooms until 7:00 am and Essie can play with them!! So far it has worked pretty well (all two days :0)}.
So breakfast at 7:30. Chores and play time until 9:30. I've decided to plan my computer time in there - this gives me time to also get some laundry going as well. And I can also start some dinner prep if I need to.
At 9:30 we start our day with Bible and then the older kids do their math, handwriting and grammar while I do reading and math with Abbie and preschool stuff with Jacob. If the other kids finish early they help me with Jacob or play with Essie.
Then lunch break from noon until 1:30 which gives me time to do more laundry and a bit of a break to read while I eat.
After lunch is history and science. We get done around 2:30 - 3:00. Then it's play time for the kids while I do more chores. At 5:00 the kids tidy the house and we get ready to welcome Daddy home and for our evening.
So far it's going well - in a couple of weeks we start our homeschool co-op so a couple of days will look different but if I am consistent I hope that this plan will help me keep up with things like laundry. I am finding that the quiet time in the morning really helps me focus my mind on the things that are important - gets my mind off me and on to God!! I don't know why I never thought to tell the kids to stay in their rooms before :0)!!!
This is the verse that jumped out at me during my quiet time this week "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matt 16: 24.