Children’s Schedule

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I had several emails after posting my schedule, asking what our chidren’s days look like. Β Here’s their schedule. Β There are little things that are changed each day, but for the most part, this is how their days flow.

Daily Schedule
6:15 am – wake up, get dressed
6:30 am – Bible and prayers
6:45 am – breakfast
7:15 am – morning chores

a) wash face
b) brush teeth
c) make beds
d) put laundry away
e) household chores
1) sweeping – Pat
2) vacuuming – Jake
3) laundry – Liz

7:45 am – station play
a) Jake – piano practice 15 mins
9:00 am – schooltime
10:30 am – morning snack
10:50 am – morning chores check
11:00 am – outside playtime
11:50 am – clean up, prepare for lunch
12:00 pm – lunch
12:45 pm – storytime
1:00 pm – quiet time
2:00 pm – wake up
2:15 pm – afternoon chores

a) make beds
b) put laundry away
c) behavior practice

3:00 pm – afternoon snack
3:20 pm – chore check
3:30 pm – outside playtime
4:00 pm – outdoor chores

a) sweeping walkways
b) weeding flowerbeds
c) garden work
1) weeding
2) watering
3) harvesting
d) empty compost
e) animal care
1) feed/water
2) collect eggs
3) clean pens

4:45 pm – clean up, prepare for dinner
5:00 pm – dinner
5:40 pm – evening chores
a) put laundry away
b) put toys/books away
c) set out clothes for next day

6:00 pm – bathtime
6:20 pm – bedtime preparation
6:30 pm – evening worship
7:00 pm – bedtime

Granted, as with all things children, chaos can ensue quickly. πŸ˜‰ Β However, having a schedule in place can help get things back on track very quickly. Β If we don’t take the time to put clothes away in the evening (say, if we had a surprise visitor for dinner), we have the opportunity to put them away the next morning, without too much piling up too quickly. This has been a Godsend in keeping the house picked up – with 6 people living in 850 square feet, it can be crazy quickly! πŸ™‚ Β If a day gets away from you, keep in mind that you can always start anew the next day (or even in the next hour! Β Stay the course – you WILL see a benefit.

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Our Daily Schedule

Now that we are milking our own goats, (and the boys are finally old enough to be useful!) we’ve had to rearrange our choretimes to fit with Brian’s schedule.Β  Jake has been thoroughly enjoying helping feed the animals, and Patrick is just happy to have some “work”. πŸ™‚

DAILY SCHEDULE

5:30 a.m. β€” Momma up, dressed, and prepared for the day
6:00 a.m. β€” morning devotions, check daily work lists
6:30 a.m. β€” begin laundry
6:45 a.m. β€” start coffee and making Brian’s lunch; Brian up
7:00 a.m. β€” wake boys up,Β get them dressed
7:05 a.m. – help boys make beds, prepare for chores
(filling up milk bottles for goats, etc.)
7:10-7:40 a.m. – morning chores
(goats, chickens, and usually a little walk with Daddy;
Momma makes breakfast)

7:40 a.m. – inside to cleanup for breakfast
7:50 a.m.Β  – BREAKFAST
8:15-8:30 a.m. – MORNING WORSHIP
(we usually pick one of the Scripture readings from the sermon to elaborate on through the week), and sing 2 hymns;
the boys practice their memory verses for the week for Daddy)

8:30 a.m. – Daddy leaves for work
8:30-8:45 a.m. β€” breakfast cleanup
(boys are responsible for cleaning their dishes off table.
Jacob wipes the table, Patrick picks up the floor messes (usually his) and pushes the chairs in)

8:45 a.m. – discuss schedule for the day
(the boys usually sit and talk to me while I finish up the dishes, and get started on the meal preparations for the day)
9:00-10:20 a.m. – indoor learning
(this can include reading stories, play dough, coloring, magnet letters/shapes/numbers, painting, etc. – it’s a very hands-on time for Momma!)
10:20 a.m. – cleanup and prepare snack
(the boys usually help prepare this, and if it’s something that requires “cooking”, we’ll work on it during school time for science/math skills)

10:30 am – MORNING SNACK
10:40-11:30 p.m. – supervised outdoor/large motor play
(lots of walking/running… get rid of that energy!)
11:30 a.m. – wash up, bath if needed
(which is usually is, be it mud, or.. mud)
11:30-12:00 p.m. – indoor play
(some days this is a movie time, other times the boys get to work on puzzles or blocks –
things that don’t necessarily need constant “momma eyes”)

12:10 p.m. – cleanup and prepare for lunch
(the boys set the table, and make sure all their toys are picked up)
12:20 p.m. β€” LUNCH
12:40-1:00 p.m. β€” lunch cleanup and quiet time preparation
(same chores as at breakfast, and then they pick out stories)
1:00-1:30 p.m. – story time
(yes, we read for a full 30 minutes! The boys have to be on their beds, listening.
We go to the library every two weeks to trade in our selections,
but we check out about 20 books each time, so we have enough to go through each day)

1:30-3:00 p.m. β€” QUIET TIME
(boys must be lying down in their beds – not sleeping, unless they happen to be tired enough to do that…
Jacob usually gets headphones with a book on tape to listen to if Patrick falls asleep,
otherwise it’s a book on tape on the stereo for them to listen to.
Momma uses this time to catch up on laundry;
take a nap – usually if they are having a hard time staying in their beds, I’ll go lay down with them;
or to start dinner preparations)

3:00-3:15 p.m. – boys up, fold blankets
3:15 p.m. β€” prepare snack
(again, they help, and then are responsible for picking up after themselves)

3:30 p.m. β€” AFTERNOON SNACK
3:45-5:00 p.m. – supervised outdoor/large motor play
(more running πŸ™‚ , and I’ll occasionally leave them playing outside to get dinner started)
5:00 pm – cleanup and prepare for dinner
(boys set table, and we usually sing a few songs or do flashcards while we’re waiting for Daddy to get home)
5:20 pm – Daddy home from work
5:30 p.m. β€” DINNER
6:00-6:10 p.m. β€” dinner cleanup
6:10-6:30 p.m. – BATHTIME
6:30-6:40 pm – prepare for bed
(jammies on, teeth brushed)

6:40-7:00 p.m. – EVENING WORSHIP
(we practice memory verses again, read a Bible story, two “character-building” stories,
and one from our Children’s Devotional, sing 4-5 songs, then family prayers)

7:00 p.m. β€” BEDTIME
(they usually fall asleep listening to a children’s hour on the radio)

7:00-9:00 p.m. β€” Momma’s chore time!
(I start all my ferments, soaking, and most of my cooking preparations during this time;
I also do most of my blogging during this time, unless Brian needs the computer for homework)

9:00-9:30 p.m. β€” Daddy and Momma catch-up on the day
9:30 p.m. β€” bedtime for grown-ups!

Our Summer Schedule

We’ve had to adjust our schedule a bit now that Brian isn’t working crazy hours (you know, the kind where he was gone 18+ hours a day…), and this is what has seemed to be working for us.


SUMMER SCHEDULE

6:30 am — wake up,Β get dressed
6:45 a.m. – make bed, prepare for breakfast
7:00 am – BREAKFAST
7:20-7:30 am – Family worship
7:30 am – Daddy to work
7:30-7:45 am — breakfast cleanup
7:45-8:45 am – morning chores
8:45-9:00 am – cleanup, wash hands
9:00-10:20 am – indoor learning
10:20 a.m. – cleanup and prepare snack
10:30 am – MORNING SNACK
10:40-11:30 p.m. – supervised outdoor/large motor play
11:30 am – wash up, bath if needed
11:30-12:00 pm – indoor play
12:10 pm – cleanup and prepare for lunch
12:20 pm — LUNCH
12:40-1:00 p.m. — lunch cleanup and nap preparation
1:00-1:30 p.m. – story time
1:30-3:00 p.m. — NAP
3:00-3:15 pm – wake up, fold blankets
3:15 p.m. — prepare snack
3:30 p.m. — AFTERNOON SNACK
3:45-4:30 p.m. – supervised outdoor/large motor play
4:30-5:30 p.m. – afternoon chores
5:30 pm – Daddy home from work
5:30 p.m. — cleanup and prepare for dinner
5:45 p.m. — DINNER
6:15-6:30 p.m. — dinner cleanup
6:30-6:50 p.m. – BATHTIME
6:50-7:00 pm – prepare for bed
7:00-7:30 p.m. – Family worship
7:30 p.m. — BEDTIME

Our Daily Schedule

Since we just moved to our new home, I have felt a little at a loss for keeping the boys out of trouble, and not constantly needing my attention. (Not to mention that it’s pretty difficult to unpack boxes while trying to keep said children OUT of boxes!)

So I adapted a schedule that I used when Jake was about 9 months old (potty breaks were diaper changes, meals/snacks wereΒ  “nursing”, etc), and we’ve been using it faithfully the last few weeks.Β  It’s working out better than I could have hoped for, and I’m so excited about that! πŸ™‚

SCHEDULE

7:30 am — wake up, get dressed
*potty break*
7:45-8:15 am – morning chores
8:15 a.m. – cleanup and prepare for breakfast
8:30 am — BREAKFAST
8:50-9:10 am — breakfast cleanup
*potty break*
9:15-9:45 am – Bible storytime
9:45-10:20 am – planned activites
10:20 a.m. – cleanup and prepare snack
10:30 am – MORNING SNACK
10:40-12:10 p.m. – outdoor/large motor play (prepare lunch)
12:10 p.m. — cleanup and prepare for lunch
*potty break*
12:20 p.m. — LUNCH
12:40-1:00 p.m. — lunch cleanup and nap preparation
*potty break*
1:00-1:30 p.m. — storytime
1:30-3:00 p.m. — NAP
3:00-3:15 p.m. — nap wake up
*potty break*
3:15 p.m. — prepare snack
3:30 p.m. — AFTERNOON SNACK
3:45-4:30 p.m. – outdoor/large motor play
*potty break*
4:30-5:00 p.m. – afternoon chores
5:00-5:40 p.m. – freeplay (indoor/outdoor/movie option)
5:40 p.m. — cleanup and prepare for dinner
*potty break*
6:00 p.m. — DINNER
6:20-6:30 p.m. — dinner cleanup
6:30-7:30 p.m. – indoor freeplay
*potty break*
7:30-7:50 p.m. — BATHTIME
7:50-8:00 p.m. — prepare for bed
8:00-8:30 p.m. — bedtime stories
8:30 p.m. — BEDTIME

*Notes*
“Bible story time” includes a devotional story, a Bible story, memory verse recitation, songs, and a follow-up Q&A session.
Our “planned activites” follow our monthly topic schedule, and is usually very “Moma-directed”.
We also try to fit our errands and appointments into one of the two “outdoor play” times, because they are balanced between meals! πŸ™‚

Like I said, so far this has worked out really well…
I’m praying it still will now that I’ve said that!
πŸ™‚

Our Education Plan for January

Here’s our tentative schedule for the month of January – we will be in the process of moving in the next few weeks, as well as assisting our friend Erin with her move back to the Coast, so if we don’t get it “all” done, I’m not going to really worry.

January

Shape: Circle
Color: Black and White
Numbers: 1-10
Art: Snowman, Snowflake
Reading:


Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert


Footprints in the Snow, by Cynthia Benjamin

Counting Penguins, by Scholastic


Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen


When Winter Comes, by Nancy Van Laan


The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Bible:
Our Topic this month is: SERVICE
Jesus sets an example of service for us.

1. A Child Like MeΒ  – We are like Jesus when we obey.
Reference: Luke 2: 39, 40, 51, 52

β€œThen he went down to Nazareth . . . and was obedient.” L U K EΒ  2 : 5 1

2. Daddy’s Helper – We serve God when we do our best work.
Reference: Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3
β€œEven a child is known by his actions.” P R O V E R B SΒ  2 0 : 1 1

3. Lost and FoundΒ  – We learn so we can help others.
Reference: Luke 2 :41-50
β€œAnd Jesus grew in wisdom and stature.” L U K EΒ  2 : 5 2

4. Friend to All – We serve God when we are kind.
Reference: Luke 2: 40, 51, 52
β€œBe kind . . . to one another.” E P H E S I A N SΒ  4 : 3 2

5. Let Them Come – Jesus loves me! He wants me in His family!
Reference: Luke 18: 15-17
“Let the little children come to me.” L U K EΒ  18:16