Earlier in the week I shared our weekly kindergarten homeschool rhythm.
This post is a typical home day.
Kindergarten homeschool…a typical day? Hmm I was a little hesitant sharing a typical homeschooling day for us, mostly because I so strongly believe in each family following their own rhythm, listening to their own children’s interests and creating a natural and rich learning environment which supports and nourishes the individual people within it.
This is exactly the reason we decided to homeschool; following our own rhythm at a pace which best suits our family.
Jack (4.75yrs), Sarah (2.75yrs) and I spend a lot of time out and about. This is what a typical home day looks like for us. This was today.
A typical home day:
I’d like to say that I am an early riser; that I wake before Jack and Sarah and take an early morning run or fold the washing or something productive but well those who know me know that that is most unlikely. By about 6am Sarah staggers into our room, plops herself between us and drifts back off to sleep. We usually get up around 7:00am.
Jack is up by the time we get up and has set the table for breakfast. He gets out the breakfast cereal, bowls and spoons, making sure he has the prized blue spoon…not sure why this spoon is so coveted but heaven help anyone who tries to use it and offer Jack the red one instead! Jack and Sarah have breakfast together while I unpack the dishwasher and Daddy gets ready for work.
Jack and Sarah are responsible for their own self care. They get themselves dressed, brush their hair and teeth, make their beds and put away their pyjamas. Ok so their bed-making and clothes-folding skills aren’t perfect but this is how they learn, right? I take a shower, have breakfast and take 10 minutes to catch up on what you all have been doing while I was asleep and pin a few things for inspiration.
Jack and Sarah also have one special responsibility each. Sarah’s is to feed our dog and Jack puts on a load of washing.
After they have finished their jobs they can play. And I clean. I have a list of daily chores as well as one major area to clean each day. I have learnt though to let go of the expectations that come with that list. If something doesn’t get done, I no longer beat myself up over it, it just goes to the top of tomorrow’s list.
…Jack and Sarah are still playing beautifully together so I wait until there is a break in their play and go and fold some washing instead …They start playing a doctors game; writing out diagnoses and prescriptions…a little language learning in context.
Jack and I sit down to work on some language. I have some other materials out for Sarah but mostly she chooses to play by herself.
Jack and I start off with a reader, A Fat Cat from Fitzroy Readers (we are focusing on ‘at’ family at the moment) and then continue on with last week’s work. At the moment he is working on reading consonant-vowel-consonant words with greater fluency. Jack uses the Handwriting Without Tears wooden shapes to form the letters. He really enjoys this activity and asks to create his own words and sums.
We stop for morning tea. Sarah decides to help me, Jack prefers to keep working.
…or there about…we usually work on Jack’s project together. At the moment he is still deeply interested in electricity; what it is, how it works, how we can manipulate it; contain it, use it. Lately we’ve been looking at batteries. We’ve watched these two great videos called Circuit Playground (they’ve only made two episodes so far. Hopefully they’ll be more soon), tried out a bunch of experiments from books we borrowed from the library and investigated batteries of all shapes and sizes.
Today however he’s not interested in working on his project at this time (maybe later he tells me) so we head outside to check on the kitchen garden. We pull weeds, notice that the cucumbers have several new flowers and some of the beans have started to flower too. We then plant some dahlias. Jack plants about four plants before heading off to play, Sarah stays to plant the rest with me.
We come inside. Jack and Sarah tidy their rooms and the playroom while I make lunch.
We all nestle in for some stories. Today we read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and another chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We listen to the audio version of the same chapter and as Jack and Sarah drift off to sleep I put on a little classical music.
Everything is still and quiet. I roast some tomatoes for tonight’s dinner, make a batch of simple vanilla choc-chip ice-cream, some playdough for the afternoon, read and relax.
Jack and Sarah are awake. We have some afternoon tea outside and tell stories. We are so fortunate to have some really wonderful neighbours and so the kids (3, 4 and 6 yrs old) come over to play. I put out some playdough and beautiful natural treasures. Jack made a sweet bean teepee inspired by our kitchen garden. Jack and Sarah spend the rest of the afternoon playing before I call them inside for dinner.