Back to School

Mr. Detail started school on Monday.  He has three days of pre-planning before the students arrive.  We are officially starting on Thursday too so that we can stay on the same schedule.  Though with Mr. Detail in action on Monday, I thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to start on our new routine.  Something new we’re trying this year is waking the boys up in the morning.  Not because I’m thrilled for my quiet morning time with my coffee and Bible (on my schedule) to be disrupted, but this gives the boys time to eat breakfast and do their Bible reading with their Daddy.  The first day we ran a bit behind the in-pencil schedule, but the kids were thrown off without their daddy and feigned boredom.  Little Man begged to start the first Latin lesson.  So we did.  It was work.  Work that we all enjoyed.  So a good start despite being a bit off.  This morning I tweaked a few things and we did very well.  Girly and I went through nearly 2 days of her lessons from Little Hands To Heaven.  I think she’s accomplished the letter “A”, which generally appeared more like an “H” when she wrote it.  We also enjoyed a short walk over to the dog park.  Ady played, as did the kiddos.  The boys also enjoyed climbing on the poor dead oak tree.  (One of many that the park has had to take down because it had died.)  We’ll finish the Latin lesson this afternoon while Girly naps.


Our Schedule–

5:45 a.m. I get up, dress, feed and water the dog, and start a load of laundry.

6:00 a.m.  I walk the dog in the park as I meditate and pray for our day ahead.

6:20 a.m. Mr. Detail wakes the boys while I fix his lunch (He’s easy–PB & J, carrots, and apple.), prepare breakfast  and pour juice and water.  B usually gets dressed right away.

6:30 a.m. Coffee brews.  (This is very important!  A big thank you to my in-laws for the coffee pot with the brew-on-alarm feature.)  Boys and their daddy sit down to the table to pray, eat, and do the Bible reading together.  (Our church hands out a calendar with a reading for each day of the month.  The readings pertain to the Sunday school lessons and the sermon.)

7:00 a.m. Mr. Detail leaves.  I finish my breakfast and coffee.  We all wave to him from the window as he drives towards work.  The boys brush their teeth.  Little Man gets dressed.  After I finish eating and clearing we all start in on our chores.  We spend about 30 minutes doing chores.  Yesterday it was general pick up.  The boys did their rooms and made their beds. Girly did hers.  Today I worked on slicing apples to dry in the oven.  B cleaned the bathroom sink and counter and switched the laundry from the washer to the dryer.  Little Man cleaned the bathroom mirror.  You get the idea.  Whatever is needed we tackle full force and fill in on the cleaning and straightening when we have opportunity in the day.

7:45 a.m.  Ideally we would be done by 7:30, but 7:45 is more realistic.  This is when we start on a together quiet time.  Eventually the boys will do this on their own, but we are working together now, so it is more of a devotional time.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Starting Thursday we will begin our school work.  Once we figure out how that is really going to go, I’ll let you know.  I have a plan, but unless it works, I’m not setting it in stone.  And in this house we remain flexible.  So even when something tends to be going well, we all find that it continues well when we switch things out a bit after a time–so as not to get into a rut.

12:00 p.m. We prepare and eat lunch.  I keep it simple.  I plan one meal a day that I actually count as cooking a meal.  And since Mr. Detail isn’t home at lunch, I cook in the evening.  Lunch is a sandwich or a variation thereof for the kids.  I often have a déjà-vu food.  We add carrot sticks and apple slices or some other fruit.  Easy clean-up and no lingering.

12:45-1:00 p.m. I read to Girly and put her down for her nap and the boys have some quiet reading time.

Once we start school, I think we will be doing science or Latin after Girly goes to sleep.  We’re planning to have science three days a week and Latin two.  Then we will all be free to do as we wish–or what needs to be done in my case.

Before I go to bed, I am learning to prepare for the morning.  Lay out my clothes, set the table, get the coffee maker ready to go, get the laundry ready to start and all that good stuff.  Then it is off to bed.