The fact that Mark and I both get to work from home full time is awesome in so many ways. Too many to count.
But working from home with four busy, crazy, loud kids is…well…a challenge. That much was obvious after one week of spring break. They had a hard time understanding why we couldn’t just drop everything and go run around on the town all day.
Part of that might be because of our loose usage of the word “work”. For example I might be on my computer paying bills and when the kids asked me to do something say “Just a second I’m working on something.” Beza seems to assume that anytime we’re in front of our computers, we’re working. Ah if she only knew…
So in a desperate attempt to bring some sort of order to our day I made a summer schedule. I am not, by nature a schedule person when it comes to running the house so we’ll see how well we stick with it. It underwent some tweaking the first week but here is, I think, what we settled on.
|7:30-8:30||Breakfast (including clean up), Bible reading/journaling, get dressed|
|8:30 – 10:00||Free Play (outdoors while cool); possible outside chores|
|10:00 – 10:30||Bible Memorization|
|10:30 – 11:30||Electronics time available|
|11:30 – 12:30||Lunch/Clean Up/Free Play|
|12:30 – 1:00||Read|
|1:00 – 1:30||Write|
|1:30 – 2:30||Remainder of electronic time; free play if its gone|
|2:30 – 3:00||Educational Work (workbooks, reading designated books)|
|3:00 – 4:30||Free Play|
|4:30 – 5:00||Clean-up, chores, help with dinner|
Of course it’s flexible enough to allow for outings and 3 pm trips to McDonald’s for flurries with dad.
So you can learn about educational things, like brain freeze. (And yes that is Noah being allowed to cheat on his diet.)
I think I need to buy all the kids wristwatches, all synchronized, so they can stop asking me how long til the next thing on the schedule. Other than that, we’re off to a good start.
Come back tomorrow for more on our summer Bible memorization plan!