What my ideal schedule would look like vs. my actual schedule

Oh goodness, I could go on and on about this one. I could also rewrite this regularly, as often as my mind changes about our structure (or lack there of).

Let me start off with…

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HI. I’m Sadie. Yeah, that tiny brown lady embracing the resistant hug of that toddler holding the stick. I LOVE the idea of waking up to the sun rising, drinking a cup of coffee while listening to the neighborhood birds sing their morning songs, while my dear child sleeps silently in her room inside. I dream about awaking while it is still dark, getting a good run in, and then coming home to make an early breakfast, and worship Jesus through song at the moment Aspen wakes. Sometimes I like to envision myself starting our day with reading aloud an old Beatrix Potter book, or scripture out of Psalms, and then subtly making our way into our peaceful schooling. Or sometimes, I dream about forgetting about all of that and going straight to the beach to worship God’s natural design, and then planning our education for after nap time. I have lots of dreams, as you can tell. But currently, none of those match our existing schedule (or again, lack there of).

For the millionth time, I like to excuse my poor timing due to our summer adventures. But honestly, even without the constant travels and visitors, I really must admit to sucking at this aspect of life.

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yes, this is 100% my personality. Let’s just climb a mountain, read a good book, and forget the rest!

My dear photographer friend regularly lectures me on “Conquering the morning”, yet I find this the most difficult thing in my life to do.

I love the idea of waking at dawn, but accomplishing it is a different story. Who knows, maybe one day I will surprise myself? But until then, Aspen and my schedule looks more like this:

*note: this is our average day, not every day. There are several days where we wake up at dawn for a sunrise session, early doctors appointments, and play dates*

9AM – Wake up and cuddle/talk about our dreams and drift in and out of sleep (yes, I leave my room and jump right into Aspens bed)

9:30AM– Get out of bed and eat breakfast, which typically consist of “healthy” cereal or a quick fluffy omelet

10:00AM– Finally make my way to the shower while Aspen eats her breakfast and watches an episode of Wild Krats

11:00AM– We make our way out of the house to take care of any errands and/or play and eat lunch

1PM– nap time!! AKA mom does some picking up and computer work

2:40PM– Aspen wakes up and we cuddle on the couch for a few minutes

3:00PM– I give Aspen a healthy and filling snack and one episode of a show of her choice

3:15-4:30 – school time! Yes, we only do forty five minutes. Why? Because research shows that toddlers only need 15-30 minutes worth of attentive school work a day. We push it to forty five minutes because we also love to do art work during this time.

4:30-5:30 – This is when we do independent play while mom preps dinner and gets shit done around the house. We also listen to either hipster, classical, or gospel music during this time.

5:30PM– dinner time! This is technology free, 100% just bonding time. Here we eat delicious food while discussing our day.

6PM– Clean up kitchen/ independent play time (occasionally, during the summer, this is beach time!

6:30– music, movie, or game time! We switch between dancing like lunatics while singing at the top of our lungs to some good ol’ Justin Timberlake, play a board game (apples to apples and Candy Land), or sitting down to watch a movie together. Twice a week we opt out of cleaning and free time to hit the beach, parks, or trails for the evening.

9PM– Aspens bed time. Our bed time routine consists of reading two books, saying our prayers, and then singing our three favorite songs: You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Sunshine On My Shoulders.

9:30PM– Mama sneaks out of Aspen’s room, pours herself a glass of cabernet, and either binge watches Netflix while crocheting, catch up on computer work, or prepare for the next days projects. Most days, it’s all three.

Midnight– Is when I force myself to fall asleep

 

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This week in homeschooling

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This week has been a bit sporadic. We spent last Wednesday flying from Spokane, Washington to New Orleans, Louisiana. Then Thursday we went to the aquarium in NOLA and in the afternoon made our journey home, back to Navarre, Florida. Friday I unpacked and did laundry. Saturday we went grocery shopping, caught up on sleep, and made our way to Crestview to see some friends. Sunday was our day to volunteer at church and clean the house, and then Monday was Aspen’s day at the sitter’s. Monday is always the day where I’m able to get the most work done. Not just in the house, but also with my Photography business, Ubsorne business, house work, and scheduling any and all appointments that need to be made. This Tuesday I had an exceptionally rough day, and decided to use it as an emotional rest day, and then by Wednesday I was ready to conquer the world. So, with all of that being said, this is the little amount of homeschool preschool that we managed to do this week:

WEDNESDAY: Numbers + beach day

 

THURSDAY: Shapes + library day

 

FRIDAY: Letter “A” + Beach stories 

 

 


I am passionate about giving my daughter a fun and playful approach to learning. I want so bad for her to have a natural love of education, and in order to do that it’s my job to make each experience a pleasant one, especially with her being so young and impressionable.

I plan to start the Peaceful Press at the beginning of 2019, but until then I am using what I have to teach Aspen the basics so she will be ready to learn a bit more in depth at the start of the new year.

A lot of our schooling revolves around painting, reading, crafting, and exploring. I bring basic preschool curriculum to the beach, nature trails, at while out exploring our neighborhood. No matter where we venture to, there is always a book in our hands to teach us and guide us as we explore God’s and man’s work. The rest of the time, we are painting, crafting, discussing, and watching while learning about the alphabet, numbers, counting, hand-eye coordination, weather, colors, and shapes. We have so much to learn, and it’s only the beginning!

 

Side note: you have no idea how excited I am for her to be ready to read Little House on the Prairie and learn about history and environmental sciences. 

Our weekly library finds – part 1

*subjected to be edited at the end of the week (Sunday) to give a review of the books*

My favorite day of the week is the day we get to go to the library. Normally, that day is Tuesday. But since we just got back from practically a two month long vacation, this week has been more about catching up on house hold chores, which includes but is not limited to: cleaning, dishes, yard work, laundry, scheduling doctors appointments, emailing, marketing, and trying not to lose my sanity. Unfortunately, this rather crazy schedule has postponed our weekly trip to our beloved local library until Thursday. The blessing is that Aspen and I both love to read beautifully written and illustrated stories, which means that we will be done with our books by Monday, and we can presume our weekly routine next week.

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At the library, Aspen firsts goes to the puzzles in the kid section. There, she begs me to sit down and work on animal matching and numbers with her. Once she becomes bored of the puzzles, she makes her way to the computer to “play” (haha-she’s two. Moms and teachers know why I’m laughing) an educational computer game. This is when I make my break and am finally able to look through the books and select five that I believe are either exceptionally well written, or has something to do with the curriculum we are studying that week- meaning books about Apples as we learn about the characteristics of the letter “A”., etc. When she becomes bored of her computer game, she joins me, and I let her pick out a few books that she specifically would enjoy reading throughout the week. Typically these books are at random, and have pretty illustrations on the cover.

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One of my greatest joys in life is being able to get lost in a book with my daughter. As we read these tales, she holds my hand and listens attentively. She asks questions, as any toddler would do, and stares at the pictures as I read the words below them. She has such a passion for learning and reading, which ignites my own passion for learning and reading. My daughter is a true inspiration to me. Her constant ability to feel and wonder makes me aspire to be like a younger, care free version of myself. One who, too, wants to explore the world through all the senses, and come back to the mother whom allowed them to do so.


This weeks library finds list:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen *edit: this is such a freaking cute book! Perfect for the little in your life that has a hard time settling down to sleep*

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus PFister *edit: This book is a classic. I don’t know why I don’t own it?? Anyway, every child should be read this beautifully illustrated book at least once in their childhood, if not more*

When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant *edit: I would classify this as a living book. It is such a wonderful little story about spending the summers in the Appalachian Mountains with their grandparents. It was so lovely and reminded me of our summers in the Colorado Rockys with my own family- I honestly may put this on my amazon order list*

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin *edit: such a sweet little book for younger babes, but honestly Aspen might have outgrown it! She had a hard time staying captivated, although I had not*

Curious George visits the Library by Margret ReyH. A. Rey *edit: The Curious George Series is another series that I fell most children love at Aspen’s age. I mean, George does live a pretty exciting life!*

Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist by Jane O’Connor *edit: There are two things Aspen loves right now: Fancy Nancy and painting. This sweet little book made her so happy, and she regularly asked for it throughout the week*


I also want to mention that, although I write beautiful and kind words about how much Aspen appreciates books and going to the library, that does not mean she is always perfectly behaved. She is still a toddler, and acts as such. If you ever visit the Mary Esther Library on a Tuesday around 11am, you will most definitely hear a few screeches and belly laughs, as well as the occasional sassy fake cry. It’s all just part of the game and the learning experiences.

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