Thanks, Yuuki for coming up with this week’s topic.
So what’s a day in my life like. I thought it was boring but on second thought – not! With two kids, life is never boring. Check out my schedule below:
6:00 – 8:00
– Usually at this time I wake up frantically (especially if I slept early the night before) and try to squeeze some work before the kids wake up. I update my blogs, take care of some BC Blogger stuff, answer emails, and read my favorite blogs. Believe me, two hours is never enough for me. Usually I’m just able to write one blog post in that time period. Hubby’s work start at 7 sharp and we work side-by-side in the morning. We eat breakfast while working too. My work stops when a little someone wakes up and requests for my presence. haha
Okay, he doesn’t look that happy in real life. This was taken months ago. In truth, he will cry at the top of his lungs until I’m by his side. He won’t stop if it’s another person who comes for him whether his Dad or Ate Cora. So that’s my cue to leave my laptop. I would breastfeed him a little and then try to convince him to take his breakfast. I don’t want to breastfeed him first thing in the morning because he will only eat a little breakfast after. He eats breakfast (see pic below) with Ate Cora and his Kuya and then Ate Cora delivers him to me full and happy like the picture above.
8:00 – 11:30 – Homeschool and taking care of Zack in between
Around this time we start homeschooling. If before I would try to juggle work with homeschooling now I gave up. I realized I can’t do two things at the same time. So by this time I turn off the laptop and proceed with homeschooling.
Homeschooling is so tough for me. I have to motivate Z and make sure he enjoys and understands his lessons. Would you believe that a typical 7 year old’s attention span is only 7 minutes? No wonder his mind wanders most of the time. That’s why to break the monotony I try to tell him stories related to our lessons. The iPad has been invaluable in keeping him focused. I show him slides of pictures from Google images while we’re reading the lessons. Other times I make him tell me the answers orally instead of him writing it down like for example, in Math. I also ask him a lot of questions that will require him to think on his feet. He also asks me lots of questions that sometimes I have to tell him to reserve them for later or else we’ll be homeschooling till night. Time flies pretty fast when we’re homeschooling.
After more than an hour of play, Zack is already tired and sleepy around this time. I breastfeed him before he is put to sleep by Ate Cora on his crib. Meanwhile, we continue homeschooling while Zack is sleeping.
11:30 – 1:00
Zack wakes up around this time. We eat lunch together. Then Zack and his Kuya play together. Their favorite toy as of the moment is their ride-on motorcycles. They have one each so they have loads of fun racing with each other.
1:00 – 4:00
Homeschool time once again. Zack goes with Ate Cora in her room and play there. Z and I try to finish the remaining PACEs as quickly as possible. Although the PACEs are designed so Z can learn by himself I’m not really comfortable with this set-up. We tried that last year and it’s not working so this year we’re trying a different method. We’re still using the same curriculum but I try to add a lectures, discussions, and recitations to maximize his learning. My husband helps me a lot. I send Z to his Dad when he’s more hard headed than usual. He would get a lecture from his Dad and usually, that’s enough to make him focus on his work after.
4:00 – 6:00 –
By this time, I’m really tired and all I want is to sleep. But Zack has just woken up from his nap by this time so I can’t sleep yet. haha We watch TV, play, listen to music, go out for a walk or just cuddle.
6:30 – 7:00 – Dinner
We have dinner together.
7:00 – 8:00
Theoretically, I want the kids sound asleep around this time. But most of the time the kids have different plans. They want to play with their Dad before they sleep. Sometimes they play with the iPad, listen to music, or make music together.
9:00 – 12:00
When the kids are sleeping that’s the only time I can open my laptop. But usually, I’m already tired so I fight to keep my eyes open. Like last night, I was feeling under the weather and debating if I will work or just rest. I opted to rest and feel wonderful this morning but in return I didn’t get to do any work. sigh. Oh well, that’s the reality of my life. Anyway, it makes me sad sometimes but when Z thanks me at the end of each day for teaching him then I know it’s worth it.
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