A Day in Our Life: October 2012

In our first A Day in Our Life post, the kids were ages 10, 9, almost 5, and almost 3.  This time, they are 15, 14, almost 10, almost 8, and a fifth addition who is currently 4.

Today, I’m up a little before 6 a.m. and go about my as-soon-as-I’m-awake routine.  The rain made it impossible to do laundry. I couldn’t run with Dad (who was still asleep) either.  The internet was down most of yesterday because of the storm so couldn’t help but check if it was up this morning.  All the kids are up before 7 a.m. so I start breakfast.  Kids begin Bible lessons while we gather around the kitchen island. We do a review in Bible Study Guide for All Ages, the Bible program we have been using for the past 4 years. The 3rd grader and the 5th grader go through their shared intermediate activity sheet and  then the eldest child gets ready to read the review questions from the Unit 3 guide. Second child is on the piano but joins us as soon as she realizes we are about to begin. The 4-year old is waiting quietly on his kiddie table. The quick review was over and we start to partake of our “champorado” (chocolate rice porridge) with dried salty fish. Dad, who says he woke up at 3 a.m. and couldn’t sleep right away, gets up and joins us. Older girls clean up the dishes. I gather the garbage and have oldest son bring it outside. Younger ones get ready for the day. Dad prepares to leave at 8:15 a.m. for a meeting.  I briefly talk to him about tomorrow, Saturday (one of the children celebrate her birthday and a family friend might come over).

Around past 8 a.m., all kids except the youngest are working on their math programs in the study room.  I brush 4-year old’s teeth and quickly send an email to the family friend that a get together tomorrow is possible.  Youngest catches me with the laptop in oldest sister’s room and says he wants to look at old pictures (one of his favourite things to do). I stumble upon some old videos of his sisters’ piano recital a few years ago. I watch my daughter (celebrating 14th birthday tomorrow) play the piano when she was only 11 and didn’t realize how good she was at it. The 4 year old usually has his “work” (review memory verses, numbers, and letters or read his nature book) to do at this time but it was a Friday and we did three experiments from More Mudpies to Magnets yesterday.

An hour after, 3rd grader is done with math and science.  We do grammar and writing lessons together where I was (room across the study).  At 9:30 a.m., 5th grader also comes for help with a science experiment but said he was hungry so he was going downstairs to make himself a sandwich. Youngest is waiting for another video to load. The 5th grader is halfway through his sandwich and is bugging me about his TOPS: Magnetism activity for the day.  I instruct the 3rd grader about the Classical Writing: Aesop narrative she was going to retell and then give her older brother my attention.  The 3rd grader keeps the youngest company when she completes her narration.  They go downstairs to look for something to snack on. I tell them to ask their sister for help since she is downstairs playing the piano again (we just got the piano a couple of weeks ago). This older sister is done with math, Biology, vocabulary, and grammar (and has no French lessons on Fridays).  The eldest child is still in the same place since she began school, most likely finishing up her Chemistry.

As soon as the magnetism sheet is completed and we’ve discussed what 5th grader learned, I leave him to do his grammar lessons. I head downstairs to check on the two younger ones.  They are almost done with their snack.  I make myself coffee since I didn’t have my usual cup this morning.  I get the 3rd grader to fetch her Latin book and she ends her week writing her lesson’s chant (1st and 2nd declension adjectives) from memory.  I check that she has mastered the vocabulary words. The 5th grader joins us in the kitchen with his Latin book and does his work independently.  Second child stops playing piano, makes herself a glass of milk tea, and heads back to the study to read The Rulebook for Arguments (rhetoric book).  The 3rd grader is off the hook and practices the new piano pieces the second daughter taught her yesterday.  I decide to start chopping vegetables for lunch while doing spelling with 5th grader.  We complete a couple of reference pages.  He tells me he likes this spelling better than Spelling Workout (which he has been working on the past few weeks) because it focuses more on the spelling rules.  I decide not to do a spelling lesson with 3rd grader since she is ahead in this subject and has been doing dictation work regularly as part of First Language Lessons 3.  It’s almost lunchtime and eldest checks to see what’s cooking.  She decides to have a few pretzels.

After lunch and clean up, the older girls finish their literature assignments. Since it is Friday, at around 2:00 p.m., we discuss the Literature reading for the week (Animal Farm by George Orwell).  The other four days of the week, the girls and I have writing classes after lunch. Today, while we are upstairs in the study, the smaller ones do art using Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered downstairs in the dining area. The youngest spills some paint and his older brother cleans it up. We are done discussing at 3:30 p.m.  I read our Sonlight literature reader to the 3rd and 5th grader downstairs on the couch.  It was a fun chapter about navigation in Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.  I mentally take note that we didn’t get to read our history assignment this morning right after breakfast so I hope to do that before bedtime (didn’t get to do this though but we’ll catch up next week).  Dad arrives from his meeting and gets busy trying to book a flight. Meantime, older girls are still studying. Oldest watches her French lesson recording (her online teacher was at a conference and could not make their class yesterday…a blessing since our internet was down). The older girls also work on their church history assignment (C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters) in preparation for discussion with Dad tomorrow. The other days of the week they work on history readings until they have to discuss with Dad on Wednesdays.

I quickly pre-cook some defrosted minced beef since I’m making lasagna for lunch tomorrow (birthday girl’s request).  The three small ones are outside playing. They were planning to do some planting but the soil was too wet.  Dad decided to get a haircut and takes the smaller ones along.  In the couple of hours before dinner, I print out Tapestry of Grace teacher notes for next week as well as 3rd grader’s grammar pages (we’re using the pdf version) and do a little filing. I check 5th grader’s writing assignment and leave him some comments. Then, I begin writing this post. Older girls are reviewing for their history unit exam next week. At 6 p.m., the girls start making sandwiches for dinner and I join them 15 minutes later (post still unfinished). Dad and the small ones decide to grab a bite out and get a few stuff at the grocery as well. As I’m finishing cleaning up after dinner, oldest comments she wasn’t able to practice violin today. Her younger sister begins to play “On My Own” while she sits beside her and starts to sing.

We get ready for bed. I quickly load and soak the laundry for tomorrow (hoping it will be sunny). Dad and the small ones arrive at around 8:30 p.m. Four year old who has fallen asleep in the van awakes and is grouchy. Oldest daughter quickly gives him a bath as well as brushes his teeth. He falls back to sleep instantly. Second daughter helps me unload groceries. The 3rd grader and 5th grader, with their new hair cut, shower. I still hear these two small ones chatting while older girls are already in bed.  It’s past 9 p.m. so I think to myself they won’t be awake too long.



  1. Winnie,

    Just wanted to tell you that a lot of my questions were answered by your recent posts. Have a blessed Christmas!

    PS. When are you going to post again? I so look forward to reading your posts!

    • Winnie

      Thanks, thanks, Athena. Have some unfinished posts in my saved drafts but haven’t gotten to them. Been trying to catch up with grading work. And had family over for awhile. One more week and we go on break though 🙂 You have a blessed Christmas as well!

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