Monday, August 27, 2012

Our Daily Rhythm

I'm terrible with remembering things.  I mean, really bad.   I'm even worse with strict schedules, and we've discussed how I have completely random patterns, I struggle with routines, and I have even been known to forget to wash shampoo out of my hair, because I never do the same things in the same order.

Slowly, ever so slowly, I'm getting better with habit-building.  If you make something a habit, you don't have to remember it, and, more importantly, you won't forget it.  I still have quite a bit of work left to do in some areas, but our days are now falling into large predictable chunks of time.  The kids are happier. I'm happier.  Yay for us!  To show off our progress, I decided to share with you a picture of what a typical day might look like around here.

A Typical Day

Way too early o'clock:   
Everyone wakes up and demands attention all at the same time.  I retreat to the office and try to tune them out while Ken takes care of breakfast.  The kids then complete their Morning Five, and I drink my coffee while making a quick pass through email.  If I'm on top of my game, I do a Sun Salutation or a bunch of push-ups and write my morning pages.  If.
Early Morning:
Head.  I do an activity with the little one (pre-k) while my older daughter does independent work, usually math, spelling, and maybe some writing while she's fresh and fully charged.  Then I switch and check on the older one and help her in between cleaning up the kitchen, sweeping, and running a load of laundry.
Mid-Late Morning:
Depending on the day of the week - errands, walk the dog, park playdate, class/co-op, or project work with my oldest.

Early Afternoon:
Heart.  Music, French, Art, Nature Study.  (Not all of these every day.)  And reading.  Lots of reading.  That's the goal; however, this is the weakest part or our daily rhythm and the time  of day I have the most trouble filling with regular habits and routines.

Mid-Late Afternoon:
Hands.  Independent project work or play time, while I try to ignore the bickering and write.  Eventually I send them outside to play in the dirt/mud and realize (too late) that they need a snack.  Followed by baking, knitting, sewing, or gardening along with chores and dinner prep.  I usually let them play on the computer (educational games, 'cause I'm mean like that) for about thirty minutes before dinner.  We all need time apart by that point.

Walk the dog (about a mile).  Taekwondo class for the little one (and Dad).   Get the girls ready for bed.  More reading.  Plop down on the couch with a glass of wine and some mindless television, then realize that, once again, I forgot to take a bath.


  1. I love getting a glimpse into your super-busy day! It sounds like you do a good job of balancing bookwork with the fun stuff. I'm often guilty of stressing the academic and putting nature, music and art on the back burner...then it never happens. Working on that this year!

    You're not the only one who has forgotten to rinse out the shampoo...or take a shower in the first place! :-)

  2. Your day sounds so great. I love the Head/Heart/Hands thing. It sounds really peaceful. Flexible, but within guidelines. I hope you girls have a great year!

  3. Hmm. Give me a few weeks and I'll post a daily rhythm post, too. We haven't truly started yet. :) I like the head/heart/hands framework too.

  4. Thanks for sharing your day. We're unschoolers in Australia and love hearing about other homeschoolers' lives and meeting them as we travel!

  5. Your day sounds very enjoyable! I love all the reading time you've built in. I should really do that. For the kids, that is; I almost always have a book somewhere about my person.

  6. LOL....I love the last part about forgetting to get a bath. :)

  7. My favorite part is plopping on the couch with a glass of wine. That would be something I like to do!!!

    Great post :-)

  8. Raising Cajuns title caught my attention, just moved from Louisiana to Alabama, missing the food already! Your schedule seems very relaxed, yet a guideline for your day. We start out with core curriculum (Mostly Time4Learning)in the beginning of our day,and move on to the fun stuff later in the day. Note, I did not say morning and afternoon. Our biggest obstacle is getting up every day at the same time. My goal this year is to say we start school in the morning (not the afternoon!)...every day. Happy homeschooling and I hope the hurricane didn't cause you too much grief!

  9. michelle!

    i just linked to you from kids in the studio... yay, serendipity! :)

    sooo, you changed your name but stayed the same! i'm happy and inspired to find y'all are still thriving on your eclectic homeschooling and vibrant health journey... and that you're still writing too!

    so glad we've crossed paths again, my friend.

    sending love and warm thoughts from portland, as ever,

  10. I'm busy trying to find a sort of schedule that will work for us and then I came across your post. I love your head, heart, hands rhythm and I'm wondering if we can implement something similar. Sounds like some lovely days you and your girls have.


Thanks for visiting my site! I love hearing from readers, and I do my best to answer all questions here in the comments section. Thanks for reading and commenting!