So, I’m a few blog posts in now and you may have already read my other posts about who we are, why we decided to home educate our children and what some of our learning spaces look like. Today I thought I’d write about what one of our days actually looks like. It’s quite hard to sum up what a typical day looks like as I’m not entirely sure there is a typical day. They are all so varied and different. So here goes…
Our mornings start in quite a relaxed way with no one particularly rushing to get anywhere on time, which is just so lovely and unstressful compared to our ‘old life’ when we had to get the girls ready for school and ourselves ready for work. We’d rush around with no time to chat, snuggle, or have breakfast together. I felt so stressed and was snappy with the girls and Stu. We’d have to be out the door by 7.45 to get to the child minder, so I could get to work by 8.15. (Stu is still up and out early, often before we’ve even woken up, but at least he only needs to get himself ready.)
Now, it’s a very different story! The girls normally wake somewhere between 7.30 and 8am and get into bed with me. We just have snuggles and wake up slowly. This morning I read them a chapter of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and by then we were ready to get up.
We always get dressed before going downstairs for breakfast, otherwise it becomes too much of a chore to do it once the girls are engrossed in their play.
We go downstairs and eat breakfast together. The girls get their own bowls and spoons, pour their cereal and milk (I do put the milk in a jug, otherwise we’d have 4 pints of milk in a bowl of Shreddies!)
While we were eating breakfast today Lottie was looking at a new watch that she recently got for her birthday and was asking me why there were only 12 numbers, so we discussed why that was. She thought that it was a shame that there wasn’t a ‘rainbow o’clock’ and and asked if we could draw one. So as soon as we’d finished eating I got some big paper, crayons and a play clock (would like a real ‘learn to tell the time’ one) and both girls drew their own clocks.
Amelia carefully writing the numbers.
Lottie choose a gold crayon to draw a golden rainbow. (The books you can see where being used as paper weights, as the paper’s on a roll.)
I tidied away breakfast things and cleaned the kitchen a bit whilst the girls did this. Then we all went upstairs for a wash and the girls put their pjs under their pillows and ‘attempted’ to make their beds.
They then both played in Lottie’s bedroom with Lucy (a human torso with removable internal organs!) Their new topic being the human body, after Lottie was inspired by a book in the library. They were being doctors and performing operations. I sat in the room, quietly watching, listening and observing their play. Are there any other resources they may need, is there anything I can do to enhance their play and learning, what might they be interested in learning in more detail?
Amelia set to work on cleaning the brain whilst Lottie removed a disease (a large green marble!)
Then got some medicine from inside a terydactyl’s mouth to make her all better, deciding that she also needed safety goggles!
Amelia decided she’d had enough, so we went downstairs leaving Lottie to play. We’d recently bought some new chalk and that was left out on the kitchen table, so she got the chalk board and drew on it for a bit. She said she was just making pretty patterns.
She then said she wanted the Aqua Doodle, (which we’ve had since they were tiny, but still enjoy.)
Lottie remained playing upstairs until lunch time. This was her room after her play.
After lunch we popped out to pick up my lovely, shiny new phone, because normal life happens too and they come with me wherever I need to go! They quite enjoyed looking at the phones and Lottie had LOTS of questions to ask the person in the shop!
We’re very lucky to live about a 15 minute drive from a beautiful,old stately home,which has a fab farm yard and adventure playground. We have an annual pass, as we go there quite a lot, so that’s where we went next.
Spiders in their web.
An ice cream break.
We also looked at some newborn spring lambs and other farm animals (I didn’t manage any pics though.) Lottie got chatting to one of the stable hands who was grooming a shire horse. They had quite a chat and Lottie told him all about her horse riding lessons and what she’d learnt about horses.
When we got home the girls went straight in the garden to play with mud and plant some beans, that we’d been meaning to do for ages. Then it was dinner, bath and bedtime.
So that was a day in the life of our home ed adventures. Sometimes we stay in, sometimes we meet up with friends, some days there are planned home ed groups. Some days we do writing, maths, art, baking. It is different every day.
I am learning to trust my children, to trust that they will learn what they need to, when they need to, in whatever way they choose. I see my role as an observer, who watches and listens to see how I can best help them to learn. Do they need resources? Can I help them do research? Can we go somewhere or speak to someone that could help? Can I set up an activity or ask them questions to further their learning, extend their thinking and inspire them a bit more!
It’s not always easy (I am secretly a control freak!), but I’m enjoying the challenge and spending precious time with my lovely girlies’!
Thanks for reading.