Wednesday, March 4th, 2009


So, two days ago on another forum we were asked to SHOW what a day was like for us.  Another forum had asked to see what our school rooms / school day looked like in homeschooling families.  So, yesterday,  the camera followed us around all day….

Morning comes around 5:30.  I get up with dh to make the coffee and see him off…  Still dark, and chilly.  No fire. 😦 

No ashes either.

No ashes either.

 But any morning that starts with coffee is a good morning. 🙂

And a favorite cup

And a favorite cup

A little computer time

A little computer time

But then

Sun's Up!

Sun's Up!

Chores will be a little chilly this morning.

Chores will be a little chilly this morning.

But first, a little breakfast of granola

But first, a little breakfast of granola

Or with strawberries :)

Or with strawberries 🙂

Preparing Breakfast for Dogs

Preparing Breakfast for Dogs

Big Brother Juices

Big Brother Juices

Sweetest Pea helps me sterilize for milking

Sweetest Pea helps me sterilize for milking

Girly Girl milks Cinderella

Girly Girl milks Cinderella

She milks Cinderella first, because Cinderella holds still, doesn’t kick, lets milk down easily, and pretty much pours it out into the bucket.   Gypsy… Um, well, not so much ANY of those things.  Old Bat.

I strain, measure, and chill

I strain, measure, and chill

 By this point, all little girls, big girls, and Big Brother have showered and are dressed.  Big Brother watches Shortie Pie while the rest of us go out and do chores.  His turn comes next.

Chicken Chores - Feeding Leftovers from Juicing

Chicken Chores - Feeding Leftovers from Juicing

Feed all the babies.

Feed all the babies.

 

Big Brother gets a bale of alfalfa for the does from the other barn.

Big Brother gets a bale of alfalfa for the does from the other barn.

 

While I milk.  Yes, in my pajamas.

While I milk. Yes, in my pajamas.

Showered and Dressed... Only four hours after waking up.

Showered and Dressed... Only four hours after waking up.

Finally.  We’re ready to start school.  Everyone is dressed, everyone is fed, including beasts.  I WISH we were all organized too.  As this is technically a cross-post because I’m lazy and was supposed to take pictures of my school areas last week. (Different board – school areas in a small house) This is going to double for  both posts. 🙂  Wait!  That’s not lazy.  It’s MULTI-TASKING!  It’s actually uber efficient.  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Books, functioning as school books, in general state of disorganization.

Books, functioning as school books, in general state of disorganization.

This was our $14 find at the last farm auction we went to.  It allows me to have the rest of my books on my bookshelves.  I am VERY grateful. 

More coming……

Okay, so in our old house, we had tried various arrangements.  School at the table, a designated area, and so on and so forth.  Here, our minds have been made up for us.  There is simply NO room.  There is no “other” unused space.   We have one large eat-in kitchen,  one modest sized living room, one itsy bitsy computer/herb/soaping/supplies/school books area that is approximately 8′ x 4.5′, one bathroom, and one “office” that is our bedroom and has enough room for our bed, dresser, and lamp table.  Oddly, with the exception of Shortie Pie’s portacrib, I’d tell you we have PLENTY of room in this house.  90% of our time is spent in the kitchen.  This works well for a number of reasons.  I have things that simply MUST be done.  I do not have the spare 2-3 hours to spend in a designated room watching the kids do school.  Functionally, it can’t happen.  I need to be available to teach, be available to answer questions, but still be getting household things done.  So at about 10:00 in the AM, our kitchen is transformed!

Welcome to our school room.

Busy at work

Busy at work

Getting everyone started.  You can see Sweetest Pea in the background reading on the sofa.    DH is building us a table this summer and I can tell you it will be my most prized possession – not teasing.  I’m so excited.  A big, long table, with benches.  Woo Woo!!

Then even Girly Girl got into the spirit of taking pictures.  She surprised me a little on this one….   Shortie Pie has a snack, while the little ones listen.   No longer a living room, but now our preschool.  Welcome!

Caught a little off guard

Caught a little off guard

Sitting nicely is fine for listening, but when it’s time for Pooh, there are really cute pictures.  No one could stay away.  I love A.A. Milne.  Lots.  I think we’ve read this book three times in the past year, lol.

Gettin' comfy

Gettin' comfy

 After the time with Mom, sitting still, and listening, they veg in front of Caillou normally.  Today, however, PBS has on some fundraising thing, so they watched Dora instead.  It’s 11:00 right now.  I take the time, while they are little vegetables, to work with Princess.

Big kids work independently, asking questions as needed.

Big kids work independently, asking questions as needed.

Princess reads to me and we work on phonics

Princess reads to me and we work on phonics

Shortie Pie pops in from living room to say hi!

Shortie Pie pops in from living room to say hi!

Girly Girl with Legend

Girly Girl with Legend

A few behind the scenes things you don’t see today… Like exercising the puppy, letting him out for potty breaks, seven diaper changes, bathing, dressing, brushing the five little ones and 4-5 nursing sessions.  And eight loads of laundry.  Boy did I regret my enthusiasm to wash sheets today.  We don’t own a spare set of sheets for the beds.  In my opinion it does two things – it wastes space I don’t have and it allows me to NOT wash sheets right away.  This is inconvenient, but it does insure I get them washed. 😛  Didn’t do ours today, just the kids.  Two comforters too. 

Making Lunch - Oranges & Eggs

Making Lunch - Oranges & Eggs

Lunch - Eggs & Oranges

Lunch - Eggs & Oranges

 

Eating Lunch

Eating Lunch

Air Freshener - Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks, Leftover Orange Peels

Air Freshener - Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks, Leftover Orange Peels

 During lunch time is crunch time.  It’s the small period of time right before naptime.  It’s really important that I use this time to get as much lined up as possible so that I can cram as much into naptime as possible, because all the little ones are asleep.   Mixing up the bread for naptime baking…

Making bread

Making bread

Mixing up tea for packaging and for me!

Mixing up tea for packaging and for me!

Naughty Little Brother gets to sit by my feet.

Naughty Little Brother gets to sit by my feet.

 Sweetest Pea had been helping me.  See the stool?  I turned around and she was gone.  Yet, her clothes remained?  Was she zapped?

What happened to Sweetest Pea?

What happened to Sweetest Pea?

 Nope a potty break.  Apparently it required the removal of all clothing?

Time to read before naptime.  They're ready!

Time to read before naptime. They're ready!

One's Out!

One's Out!

Two Down!

Two Down!

Mission Accomplished.  Three all asleep.

Mission Accomplished. Three all asleep.

Little Girls and I finish up the bread.

Little Girls and I finish up the bread.

Oldest two read history for today.

Oldest two read history for today.

Then it’s time for Mama and oldest two to feed the baby goats lunch.  They get fed three times per day.  One more month ’til weaning.  I’ll be glad.  It’s fun, but a lot of work.  The little girls are listening to Mary Poppins on CD.  We have a very strict family rule for naptime.  You read or you sleep.  If you choose not to read, you choose to sleep.  Period.  There are no other choices.  Often, the older kids and I will do science or history in this time frame.  Today I’ve got work to do.  But for the benefit of the “school room” discussion, let me show you our science room! 

Designated science area

Designated science area

Not only are we blessed with a designated science area, but we also have our very own Home Ec room! 

Home Ec Room

Home Ec Room

Tongue in cheek, sure, but also goes to prove that ANY size home is suitable for schooling.  You do not need to feel like you can’t suitably school your children without a designated area.  Oh hogwash!  Can it be nice?  Sure it can.  If it fits your family’s lifestyle.  I can say that I like our situation right now better than I have at any place we’ve lived (military CA, two houses, moved back, then to town, and now) since we began homeschooling eight years ago and this is the smallest home we’ve been in in the last eight years.  Or possibly the last 13 years.  And it’s perfect for us, for our lifestyle. 

Off the soapbox, back to the day…..

Gotta get a little work done.

True Vine Stuff

True Vine Stuff

Sold a lot of lip balms and Drench bars last week and need to restock.  Must be chapped skin and lips… That time of the year I suppose.

Mixing up Drench

Mixing up Drench

Decided to try something a little new for someone’s little boy and ease of application instead of a tube…

Drench Drops... Hmmm....

Drench Drops... Hmmm....

Cutting Labels

Cutting Labels

Stamping Soap

Stamping Soap

shot47bigkidsA little snack while journaling.  The little ones will be up shortly.  Time for clean-up.  Packaged up a few orders and ran to the Post Office.  Called Daddy on the phone and he’ll be home after a bit.

Back home in time to do some clean-up before Daddy comes home. 🙂  Um, like fold some laundry?

Blech.

Blech.

Girly Girl helped me make supper (baked salmon, fried potatoes, green beans) and we picked up the kitchen.  Princess and Pumpkin Head cleaned the living room.  Big Brother vacuumed and corralled Shortie Pie. 

Daddy came home, mama milked, and Little Brother helped me feed the babies.  Girly girl finished up supper and it was almost ready when I came in from milking. 

Would have LOVED to put these up last night, put DH tells me they can wait for the weekend.

My new laying boxes!!!!

My new laying boxes!!!!

He’s right of course.  The chickens could care less.  I think they’re lovely and he did such a nice job on them.   I’d lay twice as many eggs if I were a chicken!

We watched American Idol and tucked the kids in bed with all their blessings.  I admit I sat up and watched the Duggars last night.  They never fail to fascinate and inspire me.  Can you even imagine 18 children?? 

Have a great day!!