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Homeschool Day In The Life: Vol. 1
Friday, September 5, 2014
I woke up this morning feeling jubilant.
Not because it was Friday (which I’ll admit did help somewhat) but because laying in bed next to me was MY HUSBAND! My dear, wonderful man had been traveling for most of August and part of September… and finally (after a long week for both of us) got home last night. And he was working from home today! The fact that my lifelong partner (and fellow parent of our children) would be actually in the house today as we went through our day… oh, ladies…well, if you have a hubby that travels you know exactly what I mean.
So I woke up with my spirits lifted. And holding hands with my best friend.
The morning started off kind of slow. Despite my prompting to the kids that we needed to get those chores DONE quickly because it was Science Friday, we’d been out late the night before and a few of the kiddos were a tad sluggish.
From Renaissance Man: “I’m only going to do half of the chores because [the Innovator] is still asleep and he hasn’t had the opportunity to do any.”
Gotta love that. The “opportunity.”
From The Innovator: “Mom, I thought it was Saturday so I slept in.”
Hmmm… Nice try.
From Princessa (standing at the entrance to her room, presenting the scene with a flourish of her hands): “Yep, Mom, my room is clean!”
And those clothes scattered in the corners? And hanging out of the drawers?
They finished the chores a few minutes late but we gave them grace because we were all tired from staying up late.
Since it was now 8:47, we ate quickly, and headed up to the schoolroom to start our day.
9:10 a.m. Bible Time and A Curious Assignment
We filed into the schoolroom and began grabbing our various folders, binders and Bibles for our morning Bible teaching. After we quickly picked up from yesterday’s school day, of course…
Yep. Just in case you had any doubt that I was not going to be real in this post.
Anyway… We’ve been talking about the 7 Days of Creation this week. And as we were reading through the verses I remembered a really awesome post I read yesterday about a mom and her son who built the 7 Days of Creation…. wait for it… out of LEGOs!!!
Could we? I thought, looking at the clock, knowing that we needed to leave for Science Friday in about 20 minutes.
Overall, the kids had kind of been goofing off this morning and I’d had a hard time getting their attention.
But that all changed when I mentioned the word LEGO.
“Oh, wow! That would be awesome!!!” the kids said, oohing and aaahing over the photos. “Yes, let’s do it!!”
Their enthusiasm was a good thing. Especially since it was going to have to be a very speedy creation of the, er… creation.
I busted out a quick assignment/idea chart on the whiteboard. After a little squabbling over who would get which day, we came up with our plans and promised each other that we’d work on it when we got home from Science Friday.
10:55 a.m., My Friend’s House (AKA Science Friday)
We arrived later than I’d hoped, but the point was that we’d made it! Science Friday!
Science Friday is easily one of the highlights of our month. Around twice a month (every other Friday) we get together with another homeschool family that is also doing the same curriculum and we do an experiment, craft or other hands-on project on a topic from the last few weeks. We also play relevant games, quiz each other—anything to review or talk through the material with the kids.
And being that we are two very hungry families, we always eat lunch too.
It’s a blast. Not only are the projects fun, but we (my friend and I) have such a great time chatting and eating salad (and chatting some more and eating more salad) that the hours fly by.
Today the big topic of discussion was all things related to the new year. We both follow Classical Conversations but meet in different communities.
“What resources are you using for the first few weeks? “Oooh! You found a free Science supplement!” “What do you think of the new charts?” We are both first-time tutors this year (me in Foundations and her in Essentials, for those of you who live in the CC world too) and so that also gave us loads to discuss.
In the midst of this, my friend’s husband (who happened to have the day off work) breezed into the schoolroom and announced to the kids: “I’m going to change the oil in the car… anyone want to watch?”
Zoom. The three older boys were out of there in a flash… and before I knew it, under the hood of his Mustang.
This was OK with us because with three kids outside fascinated by the innards of a Mustang, we were left with more uninterrupted talk time.
And of course they were learning. Ahem.
A few minutes later, we stepped outside to see how the oil-changing-lesson was going.
“Who can tell me how many cylinders are on this car?” her husband was asking as I stepped into the garage to watch this impromptu learning. The boys all began giving guesses.
“Exactly. Eight.” he said, watching me take a picture (to which he added, “Don’t forget to get the Pony symbol in there.”)
Which was my cue to go back inside and start on the snack.
Normally we’re big proponents of having the kids make and assemble all the parts. But the younger girls were finishing up some previous assignments (and of course the boys were lost in car-land) so we decided to give them a break this time.
After a few trial-and-error moments (“Do you like crackers with almond butter for the sails; or should we just use almond butter?”) we settled on a layout and began making multiple versions.
Chatting the whole time of course.
I’m not quite sure how, but even though this is our fourth year of doing Science Fridays, she and I never, ever, ever run out of things to talk about. That’s just one of the reasons why I’m so grateful for her.
I also love that we accept each other—messy countertops and makeup-free faces and all.
(I would show you here a photo of her messy table or her sans-makeup profile but, like I said, I do value her friendship and I think she’d take my head off with a melon baller if I posted something like that here. So you’ll just have to trust me on this one.)
Anyway, it makes Science Fridays much less stressful, and way more fun.
After saying goodbye to our friends and driving back home, we encountered a huge discovery!
Unbelievably, someone had come in and messed up our living room while we were gone! Can you believe it?
I think their names were “Ida Know” and “Notta Mee.”
So we had to spend some time cleaning up from these dastardly (and very stealthy) cultivators of uncleanliness.
Then we finally got to make the promised LEGO Creation!
Here’s how they turned out. Pretty cute, I think.
We had our daily rest time (reading, drawing, etc) and then it was time for dinner.
I was stoked that tonight was a new recipe—spaghetti and meatballs. I know you’re saying: “Uh, that doesn’t sound very innovative.” But this italian favorite was Paleo-friendly—“pasta” made from spiralizedsweet potatoes and zucchini; and meatballs made without breadcrumbs.
So I was excited.
I asked my husband to read the kids a book—a story that coincided with this week’s history lesson—while I cooked.
It turned out pretty tasty. Definitely a keeper.
…And that was our day! Stay tuned for more volumes of “Homeschool Day In The Life”!
Because, as you know, in homeschooling we never have the same day twice!