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As I’ve said before, no one can tell you how homeschooling or unschooling is going to look for your particular family. It looks so different in every home! I do love to see what others are up to though so I thought maybe you’d like a peek into one of our days too. I decided since we were having a home day with no plans, today would be a good day to do that.
We start the day at 6.30am when my littlest wakes me up, the big girls are not far behind.
I like to put some things out in the play room for the girls to find in the morning as usually they’re up before me, but last night I fell asleep before I got to do it. They’d also asked me specifically to leave out some blank books of paper for them, oops! So while they’re having breakfast I quickly do that.
I also put a few baskets with blocks and loose parts in the building area.
And a new book that recently arrived in the mail next to the keyboard.
After breakfast they get dressed and find the books in the play room. Their little sister likes to be involved in everything so I also left a book out for her to draw in knowing otherwise she would attempt to steal theirs.
Miss 6 decides to make a book about autumn. She fills the pages with pictures of autumn trees, flowers dropping their seeds, fruit that we eat in autumn, and sticks in some leaves from the nature tray. When she’s done she leaves it on the nature table to add to later.
Miss 4 is making a book about lady bugs.
My 1 year old is sick of the drawing quickly but occupies herself with a book.
Miss 6 has moved to the block area to make an autumn scene there with the Machi blocks.
She then goes on to building a boat with a different type of block, making the sea and fish out of paper for it to sail on, and telling me an elaborate story about the people on the boat as she builds.
When she’s finished with her book, Miss 4 moves to the light table to build with the Magna-Tiles. She is really into building pyramids lately. You can see the little hand there on the left trying to resist touching (and not always succeeding).
Instead of getting frustrated with her little sister, Miss 4 takes some time out from building to show her one of her pyramids and teach her how to touch it gently so it doesn’t break. Such a sweet little moment between them.
Outside time! We always spend time outside in the mornings.
Miss 6 stays inside for a bit longer making a ‘repair shop’ for her boat that needs fixing.
At the moment my 1 year old’s favourite thing is the water table, so we fill it up and also add some food colouring.
After we’ve been outside for a while Miss 6 heads back inside to draw a picture of insects.
It’s morning tea time and we usually have fruit but we don’t have much left. Our fruit and veggie delivery doesn’t come until this afternoon so we have to make something. We decide on scones.
The girls make them all themselves.
Checking the time on our clock to see when we will need to get the scones out of the oven.
While waiting for the scones to cook we set up this little crystal garden that Miss 6 got for her birthday from a friend.
After morning tea it’s nap time for Miss 1. The girls asked to do painting earlier and I suggested it would be easier to do it at nap time. I tell them that while I feed their sister they can clean up the table if they like so that I can get the paints for them when she’s in bed. After I’m done I find they’ve set up the paints themselves already and are waiting for me to get the watercolour paper.
I remind them of a recent question they had about how waves are made and ask if they would like to paint what they think the answer might be. They do, and they both paint pictures of the wind pushing the water to make waves.
Next they decide to do some autumn artwork to add to our seasons wall.
When they’re done with painting they play inside and outside. I’m not sure with what, I leave them to it and get lunch ready.
It seems like some kind of dinosaur play happened.
After lunch Miss 6 is interested in reading the music book. Here she is learning about different kinds of notes and clapping the rhythm.
She tells me ‘hang on a second Mum’ while she runs to get some paper and a texta to make some notes about what she’s learned so far.
She has learnt to read and play a couple of little tunes today. She squeals every time she gets to the end of one without making a mistake. I love watching how excited she is to learn new things. Here is a little instagram video of her playing.
Little Miss has woken up grumpy after her nap. She is getting her molars at the moment. She pulls out all of her books while searching for ‘Where is the Green Sheep‘ and I read it to her multiple times while the big girls play outside.
The girls come in and with much excitement tell me I MUST come and look at the crystal garden!
They go back to their game outside and I see that they have made a ‘jungle cubby’.
They’ve stuck pictures of jungle animals all around the yard.
A sign by Miss 4 that apparently says ‘Only Soldiers Allowed into the Party’. She is doing lots of ‘writing’ lately.
The fruit and veggies arrive so it’s time for an apple break.
It’s time for another nap for Miss 1. When she’s in bed I come out to find this…oh my. I remind them that we only draw on paper but they tell me ‘but Muuuum, it’s for a party!!’
The girls continue playing outside having a party, swinging on the swings, drawing with chalk on the concrete, pretending to be super spies, jumping on the trampoline, and digging in the garden.
They bring me two little bean plants they’ve found in the grass and decide to plant them in their pots. Why is there beans growing in the grass you ask? Well, when we did our bean art last month we may have shaken off the excess beans onto the grass.
The last couple of hours of the afternoon is spent playing outside until dark. By now I’m pretty over taking photos so I don’t. You don’t realise how much they do in a day until you try and capture it all!
When it gets too dark we come inside and do a quick tidy up and the girls both do some of their Reading Eggs, one on the iPad and one on the computer, while waiting for their Dad to get home.
After that it’s dinner and showers. The girls then play for a while (dolls, dress ups, reading books) until they’re tired. We read some stories in bed together and then they go to sleep.
And that’s our day! Does it look similar or totally different at your house? Do you have any questions for me? I had fun documenting our life but man was it tiring trying to capture it all. I didn’t even get everything on camera. Sometimes it feels like we don’t do a whole lot but today I learned that when you really take notice there is a LOT going on. Now I’m ready for bed. I hope you enjoyed reading!