what our bahaySKUL day looks like

everyday is different. some days seem like the others. other days are filled with adventure.

We have been homeschooling for over 6 months now. The early months were a struggle, but now we are settling down into some kind of routine, building a familiar structure to our bahaySKUL day.

7:00 am We start our day by snuggling together in bed. Post-Christmas months are always cold, and nobody wants to be the first to get up.

8:00 am I start making breakfast. These days we eat bread with ham, egg or cheese, a handful of greens, such as lettuce or spinach or kale, and a glass of milk, choco or a tub of yogurt. We also used to eat rice in the morning but it just takes longer to prepare and more dishes to be washed. If all else fails (i.e. we wake up really late), we can always turn to a good ol’ bowl of cereals and milk.

9:00 am This is free time for the kids, except Fridays when Ari has P.E. class in the morning. Sometimes they watch cartoons on TV. Or pick up a book to read. Or draw comic strips. Ride the scooter around the house. Or practice their RC driving. Or play with toys. Or they do all of the above alternately while I get some serious work done for a couple hours or more. If I don’t have a pressing deadline for that day or if my to-do list is still pretty manageable, I load up a batch of laundry while I work. At this time, Turo is busy working at the farm. He heads home when it starts to get hot.

11:00 am It’s bath time for the kids. If lunch is on me, I start cooking. If lunch is on Turo, or if we’re just heating leftovers for lunch, I continue to work until it’s chowtime.

12:00 nn Major mealtimes are strictly enforced in our household. Lunchtime is lunchtime (except Sundays, which is a slow day, and the only schedule we try to keep is going to Church). Everybody eats. Then dresses up.

1:00 pm Uri goes to preschool. If Turo is free, he takes Ari with him, and do some errands (buy vegetables or a faucet replacement) on the way back to the house. I get to take my midday nap, which is completely necessary for my normal functioning the rest of the day.

2:00 pm Formal lessons with Ari. This could either be Math, Science or Language, or 2 subjects if time permits. We are using LifePacs as our curriculum, which is fairly intuitive that Ari can mostly answer on his own. We supplement by having discussions, copywork and oral reviews. Ari also takes short tests per subject at least once per week. After all planned tests, discussions and exercises are done, and if there is time left, Ari reads aloud 1 story from his “five-minute stories” book. When he is up to it, he also does a couple pages of handwriting practice.

3:45 pm We fetch Uri from school. We make it a point to get there right before Uri’s classes end so that Ari can play with the children from Uri’s school in the school playground before everyone else starts to head home.

4:15 pm Snack time. From Uri’s school, we usually head straight to a local canteen, coffee shop or eatery for some “heavy” snacks – rice meals, pasta, anything good as a dinner substitute. Turo and I are changing our eating patterns, eating heavy in the afternoon and having light vegetarian dishes at dinnertime. This is one of the ways we try to address his heartburn condition, and also for me to increase my iron intake (I’m anemic) from plant-based sources.

5:00 pm We troop back to the house and I get to work for a couple more hours before dinnertime. Some days the kids play outside with the neighbors. Other days, Turo and Ari go jogging, they’re training together so Ari could soon join a 5k run. Uri and I will often decide to stay put. But sometimes, like when I have a migraine attack or when I need to clear my mind to finish a writing task, Uri and I join them but we just do some brisk walking. On Fridays, Ari has taekwondo lessons, and we eat out for dinner.

7:00 pm Dinnertime. Very little dinner preparation is needed because we usually eat what was leftover from lunch. Turo and I just mix a bowl of salad greens or heat up a vegetable soup, and eat fruits in season or drink fruit juice.

8:00 pm Family TV time. This is our time to be together all 4 of us. Because most of the day it’s alternately me and the kids, or Turo and the kids, so we could both have time to do our own stuff. But evenings are when all of us snuggle together to watch basketball games or movies or game shows on TV. This is really a fun time and we make it a point that the kids also look forward to this time of the day of being together.

10:00 pm Before we call it a day, we read a chapter from a classic, right now we’re reading The Jungle Book, followed by a bible story from Uri’s Bible for Toddlers. After the stories, we battle for the pillows and for some solid space in our queen-sized bed, say our goodnites and we’re off to dreamland.

As I’ve said, we try to keep our days organized this way. But when something interesting comes up, we can easily drop our day’s to-do’s to do something exciting like, “Let’s have our car’s oil changed!” or “Let’s go to the farm and harvest some lettuce!” or “Let’s watch The Wizard of Oz the Musical!” As most homeschoolers would say, there is learning everywhere and we’re happy to drop our books for some real-life lessons.

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