School officially begins for our family next week.
Not that we ever really quit doing school, but that we will be transitioning from Summer School to, well, School. This just means that instead of Tea Parties, Badminton Binging, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, it’ll be Art & Tea Time, Badminton Sessions, and more Grimm’s Fairy Tales. (And other great books!)
And Math and Latin and Writing, Grammar, Poetry…
Each year tends to be a bit different, though, as the children continue to grow and require more academic attention from me. Naturally, we reassess each year to see what needs to be done for their education without sacrificing the Culture of our Home, which is a beautiful thing.
We never want to be so busy as to not put First Things First.
This means that Jesus needs to remain King of our Home, and we need to spend time with Him. Lauds in the wee hours of the morning amidst flickering candlelight must never go away. Dinners in the evenings should find us together listening to the stories of the saints. The prayers of the rosary should rise like incense before our icons. Finally, the children should fall asleep with Dad’s blessing on their foreheads every night. These are the things that matter the most.
All else–school work, extracurricular activities, household matters–comes Next.
This year our family will be making a great change as the three older children will no longer be homeschooled, but will attend a small, private school. The remaining four children will still be homeschooled–well, the youngest can hardly be expected to do anything “educationally” constructive, except by ways of playing dolls and dress-up, which I suppose is an education in itself and not to be laughed at.
But this will be a great change for us, and one in which we’ll want to be careful not to suddenly become too busy. Brick and Mortar Schools have a tendency to do this, as there are a plethora of activities, clubs, and sports that one can be involved in, even in this Modern Feardemic. (At least here anyway.)
This is why our family has decided, for this year anyway, that one activity per kid is enough. For example, the Eldest is taking piano and organ lessons. She doesn’t get to do Running Club or be in the Singing Schola, even though those are good things. It’s just too much running around for us.
The boys* all belong to Troops of St. George, wherein they go camping and learn about the great outdoors, and this is enough for them.
Sometimes less is more. For it is easier to remain in the arms of Jesus with less baggage–less stuff–tearing one away.
A New Schedule
For those of you who are interested, I’ll post our new schedule below. Sometimes it’s helpful to see how other large families are organizing their day, if only to give one an idea or two.
Remember that all families are unique and different, though. This is just what works for us. You’ll see that I’ve given specific times, but that doesn’t mean I walk around with a whistle and a clapper. No, these are just general times. If you have any questions, be sure to ask.
May God bless your 2020 Academic Year!
2020 Academic Year
6:00–6:25am: Mom Computer Work
6:25-6:50am: Lauds with all 4 Big Kids
6:50-7:20am: Mom Shower, Laundry In, T Piano Practice, J Math with Dad, Older 3 eat Breakfast and Pack Lunches
7:20-7:30am: Dad & Older 3 Depart for Providence Academy, Little Girls Dressed & Set Table
7:30-8:30am: Mom Makes Breakfast, Bible Reading & Poetry
8:30-9:00am: Mom Cleanup, J Piano, T Math
9:00-9:30am: Midmorning Prayer & Latin
9:30-11:00am: J Grammar, T & G Set Table, Switch-out Laundry
11:00-11:30am: Lunch with Audible, Cleanup: J Wash, T Dry, Mom Sweep
11:30-12:00pm: Mom Read Aloud (History)
12:00-1:00pm: Quiet Time: Mom Prayer, Nap, & Tea
1:00-3:00pm: T Phonics & Spelling, J Writing & Rhetoric, Art & Tea Time with Drawing & Cursive
3:00-3:45pm: Pickup Older Children
3:45-5:00pm: Dinner Prep, Mom Goes For a Run
5:00-5:15pm: Greet Husband
5:15-6:45pm: Dinner & Cleanup: M Wash, M Dry, P Sweep, J Garage Detail, Mom Laundry
6:45-7:30pm: Free Time
7:50-8:00pm: Children PJS, Teeth, Prayers, & Blessings from Dad
8:00-8:30pm: Compline, M Piano Practice
8:30-10:00pm: Mom & Dad Be Together