My wake time. My goal is to wake up as soon as the alarm clock goes off. I tend to hit the snooze button about 3 or 4 times. I have found that if I don't rise right away, I fall back to sleep into a heavier sleep and go into what I call hibernation, my second sleep. There are times I wake up at 4:30 without an alarm clock and trick myself to sleeping another 30 minutes until my alarm goes off. If I do this, I feel sleepier when the alarm goes off at 5:00 or there are times I don't even hear the alarm....jeeez. I have told myself that if I wake up anytime in the 4 o'clock hour I need to rise. This is the Lord waking me up. I need to obey!!
Once I am up, I will not dress right away. I just walk in my jammies to the kitchen and make coffee and breakfast. I then turn my computer on and listen to a sermon which usually last about 1 hr. This is my bible study time. I so enjoy this time and the Lord always ministers to me. After the sermon is finished, if I have extra time (depends on when I arose) I will pray. If I don't get my prayer time after my sermon, I pray while going to the bathroom, showering, or when I do laundry. I chat with the Father all day. He is my best friend. He hears us moms, knowing our time is filled with ministering to little people.
By this time, I have dressed myself in my spiritual clothing and ready to minister to my little people. But first, I must dress myself. This time is when I groom and clean up my room--Groom and Room is how I put it.
Now I am back in the kitchen making breakfast -- some sort of hearty breakfast. I am in need of some ideas. What tends to happen on many occasions (almost every morning--LOL) the children eat whatever they want. Sometimes this means I am making three different breakfast!! I know, I know....why do I allow this?? Lack of management. Ouch!! My goal is to make a menu to be posted on the fridge so we all know what's for breakfast each morning. So could you help me out a bit and send me some recipes and ideas for breakfast. Thank you!!!
Time to wake the children!!! During this time I will wake the children and get them going. The older children know what to do during this time. I require them to be dressed, groomed, and bedroom picked up. While they are hustling along, I am dressing the little boys and grooming them. Also helping them make their beds. Hoping this doesn't take longer than 30 minutes. :)
At this time the children will sit down for breakfast. While they are eating I will tend to the baby. Dress her, feed her and play a bit. It takes the children about 10-15 minutes to eat. I tell them as soon as they are through with breakfast they need to commence their kitchen chores. When kitchen clean up is over they begin their morning chores.
This is when our family will begin morning chores. I have Chore Packs set up so they all know what to do. I've been having some issues with the children not doing their chores in a timely manner. They tend to dawdle way to much. I am thinking of consequences to administer for lack of timeliness or diligence. I was thinking of taking privileges away. For example: No free time, or computer time. Any suggestions???
Our outside time!! I plan on taking the little guys outside to play at this time. I am guessing some of the older children will still be working on chores. So for those who are choosing to be diligent they will get to play outside before school starts.
School start time!! This will be my preschool time with Kole and Ephee. I plan on 30 minutes of teaching time.
- Read a book
- sing some songs
- learn colors, numbers, and letters
- activity time (I am planning on using my oldest daughter to take over since she loves crafts)
Galen's one-on-one time: This year we will be using A Beka Phonics and Math. I am planning on sitting with him as he works.
- Review Phonics
- Teach new material
- He does a worksheet (I will sit with him)
- Review some math
- He does a worksheet (sitting with him)
Quick snack and break for about 10 minutes
Shiloh's one-on-one time: We are using A Beka Phonics, language, handwriting; Pathway Reading and Math u See. I am not sure yet how much time Shiloh will need. I let Shiloh choose how he wants to structure his time with me. There are times he wants to do math and then there are times he wants to read first.
Tsavah's one-on-one time: This year we are using mostly A Beka with most of the children. I am not sure how much time Tsavah will need. I am guessing about 30 minutes of teaching. This will be Tsavah's first time doing History and Science. She will be in 4th grade this year. I will be evaluating how much time she will need during the first few weeks of school.
During the morning time I will be rotating the little boys around with the older siblings. I will sneak in a few minutes here and there during "school time" to lay Ephraim down for his nap, feed the baby, and changing diapers. Justin is pretty much on his own and his daddy checks his work in the evening times. I am planning Moriah's one on one time with me after lunch clean up time. I am sure there are going to be kinks that I will have to work out. We'll see!!!
I am praying for a fruitful and productive year.
My next post will be of my afternoon. This is the time where I need more structure.