Arizona summer means being stuck inside most days. Perfect time to go a little heavier on the school work.
8:30-8:45: Circle Time
8:45-9:00: Poetry Memorization
10:00-10:30: History & Geography
11:00-11:30: Arts & Crafts
1:30-2:30: Quiet time
4:00-5:00: Chores, Get Ready for Daddy
6:30-Bed: Scriptures, Stories, Quiet
Today was the first day following our new schedule and already there are a few things I need to tweak but the general plan is really good.
The day always starts with breakfast, of course.
I think my ears actually bled this morning thanks to Payson’s screaming.
And do you notice his mouth has food in it?!?! He insists on being in his chair before food is ready and to try to avoid the meltdowns I give him small snacks to hold him over (because it is SO HARD to wait ten minutes for food) but it doesn’t work, he still screams!
30 seconds after getting the full plate of breakfast he’s happy and making us laugh with his mad face.
Seriously, child, why do you torture me so?
After breakfast the girls head into the front room to play with pattern pieces while I clean up from breakfast.
Payson finishes off his yogurt. Mealtime isn’t complete until his hair and shirt have enjoyed breakfast with him.
I do the dishes.
And wipe the counters and put away the leftovers (leftovers, yay!)
Then clean the sticky boy up.
I get Payson dressed and send him to the formal dining room, where the kids’ toys are, to play.
I start a load of laundry.
I come in to find a 20 second mess by Payson that takes me 10 minutes to clean. (200 cards that I had to sort and I had just sorted them last night thanks to Payson! Darn his climbing on everything!)
While I’m organizing the cards Payson is lining up the pattern pieces and humming.
The girls and I start math. Place value with both girls.
Instead of calling out the numbers I’d call out place value (like “one ten and seven ones” instead of “17”.)
To help Sierra I also demonstrated the number with this chart that Allan’s mom passed down to me 🙂
Payson was finally not requiring attention at this point because he found one of his favorite toys. The stable from our Christmas nativity set. It plays music.
But I should’ve checked on him when he took it into the living room (out of sight) because I would have seen that he immediately abandoned it to get into more mischief. As it was I checked on him 3 or 4 minutes later to find him with a mouth full of gum, complete with wrappers.
At this point he got a bottle (rice milk) and diaper change and then nap. I LOVE nap!
Brooklyn and Sierra both did 8 lessons in All About Spelling. Brooklyn was getting upset that Sierra was joining in (she tends to be selfish) and near the end of our lesson when I told her to spell ship she wrote:
And on the way to her room for a timeout she tried to claim she didn’t know what it meant. Except when she came out of her room, without a word from me, she immediately erased the ‘t’ and wrote ‘p’. Hmm, didn’t know, huh?? (And by the way, I rarely curse! Maybe twice a year at most. I don’t know how she can possibly pick up on that!)
We finished spelling and moved on to science.
I didn’t take pictures but we started our mammal unit. Both girls, especially Brooklyn, refused to believe humans are animals and finally after reading all about it in one of their books Brooklyn said, “I know we are mammals, but I don’t want us to be!”
Then we had lunch.
And while the girls finished eating I went into my bedroom to get another load of laundry and this guy scared the crap out of me.
And now I really have to go because there is still so much more to be done!