I know, for me, once I set a schedule, I can easily feel frustrated and defeated the first time my schedule isn't followed. And with 4 little ones, there is rarely a day where something crazy and unexpected doesn't happen, which throws everything off!
That's why the key for me is: ROUTINE. I no longer try to keep a schedule that is planned out by minutes and hours. I figured out pretty quickly that just doesn't work for us!
Instead, I just aim for routine...and there are days even that is thrown out the window and then I revert to my "Today We Will..."
My ideal routine (we end up following this 3 days out of 5):
--Get dressed, Brush teeth
--Devotions (everyone sits on couch and "reads" their Bible)
--Prayer and memory verse (together on the couch)
--School--move into dining room/school room *more below*
(Liberty lays down for nap)
(Trusten is learning the calendar, the globe, doing Rod and Staff and Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons)
(Brahm is working on counting objectives, number recognition and Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons)
(Samuel is learning to sit quietly and play during school time!)
--Lunch (and daddy's home to eat with us!)
--Group read aloud
--Pick up house
--Daddy home from work
*School usually takes us about an hour--including and considering interupptions!
----We all start out talking about the calendar (day, month, year)
----Then we move onto the globe and just discuss it (they always have questions about "where is this?" "who lives here?" etc)
----Brahm and Samuel then start playing school (this means they cut paper and glue) while I start Trusten's R&S
----Then Trusten takes a break, while I work with Brahm on his objectives and TYCTR
----Brahm and Samuel are dismissed from table and Trusten works on TYCTR
----Very soon Liberty wakes up (note: because Brahm and Samuel are playing crazy!)
So then what about the other 2 out of 5 days when mommy is feeling
Then we just focus on our "Today We Will..." list.
"Today We Will" is what we aim for on a crazy day. (These things WILL get done, but in no particular order! )
**Quiet time with Jesus
**Trusten: Rod and Staff workbook
**Brahm: Counting and/or Letters
**Pick up house
On days, like these, we play LOTS of Legos!
(Notice we don't necessarily attempt to get dressed, make beds and do every school lesson on "those kinds of days")