We have had a really good week this week with my emphasis being on getting back into a semblance of routine.

We have tweaked our routine a little though we know there are a few more tweaks to happen.  Isn’t this the way of a routine – you get it sorted and kids grow a bit, life brings opportunities, and things have to be tweaked!  But without a vision, people dwell carelessly so we have a routine to base our days on.

We are making morning tea quicker and sharper – grab some food and go!
We are also sharpening up lunch time – trying to keep it to ½ hour.
Afternoon tea though is in their free time and they can dawdle over it for as long as they like – this generally means over a book or audio.

Our days vary a bit – to fit in with family responsibilities.

Monday is Bedroom Blitzing day (A deep clean, sheets etc).  We then have Discipleship studies and Table time (General Knowledge, Reading, Notebooking etc)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are our focus academic mornings.  These are the days that I try and protect the mornings from interruptions.  We work through our Discipleship studies, Discipline studies and Discussion (General Knowledge) studies.

Discipleship studies are first up – this covers our relationship with God and each other.  We all have our individual devotions (before breakfast) and then Family Devotions (after chores) and then at 9.00am a time of Bible study or Character development.  We often use our Bible/Character time to work on our writing skills so that doesn’t have to be covered in our Discipline studies time.

The older children are then free to pursue their Discipline and Discussion studies in any order they choose.  I have focus time with Daniel where we can be consistent with his phonics and exercise programme.  This time includes reading books and FIAR with him as well.

Friday is a family project day – this includes once a month co-op, nature trips, library, pool and any other subject/project we have planned.   These projects could include – public speaking, hands on math projects, creative projects, Australian History, catch up Notebooking, etc.  Josh and Jess have started to go to a Biblestudy/Youth Group on most Friday nights.

Saturday is sports day for term 2 and we try and do a bit of house cleaning.  I also do my prep on Saturday.   Or we could forget all that and spend time with family and friends.

Sunday is relationship day – A day of worship, friendship and relaxation.

Our afternoons are not so sorted – this is the area we still need to work on.  We have conflict of interests  and shortage of time.  We want to do Science, Australian History, creative projects (like art, sewing, modelling making), reading and notebooking as well as catch up with friends occasionally.  I am going to give this part of our day more thought and work out a seasonal way to deal with all these areas.

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