7:15 am | Eleanora (age 4) and Genevieve (15 mo) are up (if its a good day) and we spend a few minutes cuddling together. Genevieve gets a bottle and some cuddles too, but she’s usually very ready to start playing. We get dressed, make our beds and tidy up the house a bit. We all eat breakfast with Daddy, then start our day.
8:30 am | We start “Circle Time” in our living room, which involves reciting our Bible memory verse for the week, reviewing all the previous verses, singing some hymns or other worship songs and reading a passage that coordinates with our “Name of God” flash card for the week. We pray for our day, usually with many distractions, and then do a few exercises of skip counting, sequences, a few foreign language words and possibly read a poem. We also check out books at the library every week to go along with our preschool curriculum, and we usually pull out a few to read together at this time. It sounds like a lot, but really it only takes 15-20 minutes or so.
9:30 am | By now Genevieve is ready for her nap, so I take her to her room with her bottle and assemby of stuffed friends and put her down in her crib. She usually sleeps 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours. After she’s in bed we trot off to our “School Room” for our work for the day. Our room is actually a combination our back entry, back bath/ laundry and extension of the kitchen. Oh, and our black lab Luna sleeps there too. I have a thing about working in a messy space, aka I can’t do it…so we always sweep, clean up the kitchen and tidy up again before we get to work since it’s such a muti-purpose space. We’ve been using the Peaceful Press, alphabet-based curriculum, and we do a few of the activities planned out for the week that go along with our letter for the week. The actvities vary from painting to simple math equations, coloring a worksheet to researching the life of plants. This week is “G” week, so we learn more about gardens. We choose seeds for our own Fall garden, till up the soil and plant the new seeds. We do math with the seeds. We learn about goats and how Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
11:30 am | We’ve finished most of our “school” for the day at this point and Genevieve is up from her nap. I usually put on some classical or worship music and pull out a basket of kids musical instruments for them to play with while I make lunch. Music always seems to get rid of any lingering cranky moods and keeps them from whining for food while I’m making it quite as much. Today is Wednesday, so we don’t have a ton of time before we have to head out the door. We quickly eat some turkey wraps with a few fruit and veggie sides.
2:00 pm | We make it back to the house and I pull together some lunch for my husband. Wednesday is a very long day for him, so he takes a late lunch and tries to make sure he sees the girls for a little while. We all rest, play for a while and talk. Genevieve piles approximately 100 books in his lap to read. The musical instruments are pulled out again and my husband picks up the guitar. Our dining room is also home to our piano, guitar, mandolin and the kid’s music basket. If you hadn’t guessed it already, we’re musicians! We kind of love music. Genevieve dances and shakes her little tambourine with her whole body…then tries to eat it. Eleanora makes up a “song” and performs it for us.
6:00 pm | We arrive at church and stop by the college building to say hi to Daddy before he starts sound check with the college group band. I take Eleanora to her choir class and Genevieve to the nursery. I always use this hour to meet with different girls one on one. As much as I’d love to be in a Bible study class, this is one of the few times I have during the week to do any kind of mentoring one on one. Some people need a group setting and others need to talk out more personal things with one trusted person, and so I’m there to be that person for now.
11:30 pm | The light goes out and I attempt to fall asleep before my husband gets home. I never sleep well when he’s not in the bed with me, but I try anyway. Thankfully, he’s off on Thursdays so it’s a little bit more restful and less used than Monday-Wednesday.