The following is a guest post written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.
We are eight years into homeschooling and having “tweens” is a bit different than when I was schooling seven-year-olds.
Also, running a business from home definitely has its challenges and rewards.
We are not perfect, but we get to what needs to be done, most of time. I have an established rhythm/schedule to our days so things ebb and flow nicely now.
Here’s my life today.
8 a.m. — It’s rainy and dark so we all slept in. Hubby works from home some days, but today is off visiting customers.
9 a.m. — Handwork. We all started crocheting beanie hats last week. This has been so much fun! We each did a round before I started breakfast. When it is not raining we take a morning walk before school. Instead, I made cheddar muffins and one of the girls unloaded the dishwasher.
10:30 a.m. — Circle & Lessons. Our circle has become less sing-songy and more mental math, word problems, music practice and yoga. We still say our opening verse and light our candle most days. Today the girls wrote story summaries in their main lesson books and worked on fractions.
Lunch: They ran off to play while I prepared lunch. I also checked email, put laundry in the dryer and gave my elderly dog eye drops. Not glamorous, but needed.
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. — Work time for Mom. This is my dedicated (mostly) time to work on my business.
Today, I will drop the girls at our local library for “Homeschool Bookworm Club.” Another benefit of older children is being able to drop them off at activities in the afternoon. They love the librarian and get to check out some cool new books.
4 p.m. — Back Together: This is our afternoon in-breath activity.
Sometimes we paint, or maybe run errands. Reading has become a favorite pastime for Brooke. This is her reading chair and don’t even try to sit in it. She usually has two or three books going at once.
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Dinner & Bedtime. I like to eat by 6:30 so we have time for Family Time. We play cards, music, games or take a walk. It is such a great time connecting all together after a busy day.
The bedtime ritual has evolved to them snuggling into bed around 8:00 and then reading quietly until lights out at 8:30 p.m. Then, it is free time for me to read a book, do more work or watch a movie with my husband.
By having an in and out rhythm, it breaks up large chunks of sitting still for hours or running and playing so long that they won’t come back down to relax. It helps me as mom connect with them for a little while, then I get some time to do what I need to do.
Two days a week we have music lessons/library and homeschool co-op in the afternoons, but the remaining days I try to be home to keep a balance.
We may have dirty dishes in the sink, but we connect and share our lives and schooling each day.
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