A reader asked what J-jo does while I teach Bear, specifically while I teach her the subjects that require one-on-one instruction, which for us, is almost all the subjects. I decided the best way to do that was by showing you in photos a day in our life. This was Friday, June 15th and we happened to have a great school day (for Bear) because J-jo was especially happy playing alone this day. Things don’t always go this smoothly.
My husband took J-jo swimming in our subdivision’s pool, while I took Bear to swim team practice. Bear and I got home first and Bear bathed. By the time J-jo got back, she had finished her bath and was working on math.
Yesterday, J-jo cut his words out.
Today, I want him to glue at least two down.
This is what J-jo wanted to do instead, and I went with the flow:
Until I convinced him to get in the bath to rinse off the chlorine.
Meanwhile, Bear is still on math, working on subtraction with renaming (or borrowing for us old-school students). You can notice how “behind” my schedule we are, as her notebook says Wednesday and it’s Friday.
Bear’s doing fine, so I go back to the bathroom (across the hall) to count with J-jo. There are 5 balls per bucket. 5+5=10. Math done. Check.
Bear’s done with math. Finally. Slow as a snail when it comes to math. On to geography – map from SOTW activity guide.
The map is independent work, so I go back to the bathroom to play with J-jo. He’s banging the bathtub to make thunder and I make the waves and turn over his boats. Maybe this counts as Science? Probably not.
We were behind some maps, so Bear had three to finish (there’s like three things to do on each map).
J-jo’s done with bath (after an hour!) and, now dressed, has moved on to building with the magnatiles.
It’s lunch and we’re all famished. Kids play while I make lunch.
After lunch, we pull out the playdough to make cuneiforms (to tie in with Story of the World). I wonder where my airdry clay has gone to? I know I had a package of it. I can’t find it. Playdough will do. This activity is in the Activity Guide.
J-jo just plays.
Bear writes God loves and squished it before I can take a picture.
Next, we make the Nile river from a sheet and see the reeds grow alongside the river. We collect the reeds to make papyrus.
Except that Bear has a meltdown because J-jo got more paper strips than she did, and ends up in her room (her choice) while J-jo does the activity (with lots of help).
Our papyrus drying. I got the idea for the project at Delightful Learning.
At 1:30, we go upstairs and I read a lot of books. J-jo falls asleep.
Bear goes back to school work. Logic. She loves analogies and will do these all day.
Grammar. Circling helping verbs in poems.
Writing with Ease copywork and narrations. We do one week’s worth in one day, once a week.
We moved to her room for spelling.
Those subjects usually get done in the morning, but swimming and baths took up too much time.
J-jo is still sleeping. This is an unusually long nap. Bear has free time. She chooses to cut her own strips of paper and make her own papyrus. Then she ends up reading to herself.
Once J-jo woke up, they played outside and inside and I stopped keeping track of the day.
It seemed like a long school day, but I timed the academic sit-down-and-write subjects and it came out to 2 hours and 30 minutes.
We’re schooling through the summer, but taking days off throughout the week, so on average we are doing school twice to three times a week instead of five. We’re reading through Story of the World at bedtime so that’s why I mentioned the other day we will likely be done with the first book in September. We do activities behind where we are in the book as the mood strikes and complete about three maps per week to try to keep up with our chapters.