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It’s 7:00 AM, and I’ve been up for an hour and a half. Baby E wakes early to eat, but I don’t mind, because I put him back down in his crib and come downstairs to prepare for my day: I read, write, and clean. This also gives me a chance to prepare for another day in our Charlotte Mason life. I look at the clock and simultaneously hear thundering footsteps above me: Miss H’s OK to Wake Clock has turned green and she’s ready for the day. Her enthusiasm of course wakes up her baby brother, so here we all are, raring to go for a day of fun and learning.
The kids play with Dad while I get breakfast ready. Eating has been sort of an issue with Miss H, who is learning to stay in her seat. I start reading a Bible story and H is intrigued. “Breakfast is over in five minutes!” I tell Miss H when the story is over. She scrambles to eat the rest of her waffle.
7:45 We get dressed. Miss H gets to choose between a dress and a top with pants, and a dress usually wins.
Our Charlotte Mason Preschool
8:00 It’s time to head to the basement for preschool! Baby E rides along on my hip, and I start down the stairs. Miss H says, “Mom, stop! You forgot to say ‘Good morning, Miss H!” We climb back to the top of the stairs, I greet my daughter, and walk back down to the basement. (I seriously call her Miss H—!) I try to interest him in the book we’re reading, which is Fall Leaves today, but books aren’t his thing…yet.
8:15 Miss H wants to read the book again. We compromise and read another fall book: Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures . I had a schedule all planned out, but most days I scrap it. This should feel like play.
8:30 Oops! I forgot to do the calendar today. I’m pretty sure we haven’t added any numbers for almost a week. This might get confusing for Miss H. I guess I need to get a little more consistent in this area! After all the dates are added, we take out Miss H’s notebook. She draws a picture of fall leaves.
8:40 Baby E’s happy chatter turns to fussing. Time for his nap. I turn on Daniel Tiger for Miss H while I go upstairs to feed him and put him to bed. If I have a few minutes, I can clean up or put a load of laundry on while her show finishes up.
9:10 Back to school! We are going to do some math with Inchimals. I let Miss H play with them for a bit, and then we start counting the dots on the giraffe. In just the last couple of weeks, her counting has improved so much! She grabs to gorilla (worth 9) and the snake (worth 8) and see that the snake is smaller. “I know!” she says. She finds the ladybug block (worth 1), adds is to the snake block, and sees that it is now the same length as the gorilla. I’m not going to push number sentences like this, but she’s figuring it out on her own!
9:25 I dig out A, B, C, and D from our giant bag of foam letters. We’ve been working on recognizing these letters and their sounds for our past few lessons. I ask her to identify the letters, then I mix them up with other letters and ask her to find them. We put the letters on her notebook, and she draws a picture to go with each letter.
9:40 This is our wildcard time. Today we’re doing a STEM activity- making a helicopter. She’s having so much fun with it. (I’ll post about that soon!)
10:00 Baby E is still sleeping, so I let Miss H play by herself while I go clean, write, or take care of little tasks.
Literacy and Play
10:30 Waaah! Time to get the baby and do something fun! Today we’re going to the library. After story time, they get some free playtime at the library. Today Baby E crawls over to a cabinet and points at the puppets balanced precariously on top. The librarian brings one down for him, and he his thrilled! I remember that Charlotte Mason said that organized play isn’t actually play, so I’m happy we have this time.
12:00 I’m so hungry by the time we get back from the library, so I throw a quick lunch together.
1:00 How did it take us this long to eat lunch? We have a little time to play before Baby E gets tired again.
1:30 Baby E naps, and Miss H and I play together for a bit. I love this one-on-one time.
2:00 This is Mommy’s hour. I guard my time closely. I use this to clean, write, or have my quiet time. Miss H plays on her own.
3:00 Baby E is up again. We head outside to play. I try to let them play together without interfering too much.
4:30 Chore time! Miss H is supposed to clean her room, clean up her toys, and then help with one more chore. It doesn’t always happen this way, and today, it didn’t. Everything from the floor ended up on her bed, because she “decorated” it.
5:00 After we’re all cleaned up, I start dinner and Baby E snacks in his high chair. Sometimes Miss H watches 20 minutes of TV, and sometimes she colors or plays on her own. Today is a TV day. Oh well. If I can keep screen time around 45 minutes, I call it good.
6:00 When Nate gets home from work, we eat dinner, and start getting the kids ready for bed. They go to bed at 7:00 and 7:30, so Nate and I have some time together before the whirlwind starts again tomorrow.