It is a soft and continuous rhythm, an expected order, that fills our days. More of a fluid continuum than a set schedule. Each day formulates it’s own plan, no two are identical. That being said, there are benchmarks that appear regularly, which gives our school and home it’s familiarity and consistency.
I am always curious to see how it is that other families spend the hours of their days, so here is a little peek over the fence into the inner workings of our school and home. The times are -ishy. Yes, there is a general flow, but life and messes happen, and with a built in margin, there is a lot less frustration.
7:00 The children rise and begin there morning routines and chores.
7:30 Breakfast and prayer together as a family. Father leaves for work. Collective cleaning and tidying up the kitchen.
8:00 Read aloud time conducted by my oldest for my son as I gather and order things for the school day. Usually this time consists of hand picked picture books appropriate to the liturgical season.
9:00 Opening prayers, intentions and saint for the school day, followed by catechism and poetry memorization. Occasionally a liturgical craft will find it’s way here.
10:00 – 12:00 Entries into daily journals, involving handwriting, grammar, spelling and copy work, which are often accompanied by illustrations. Latin and Math follow closely behind.
12:00 – 1:00 Family lunch and praying of the Angelus. Afterward, the children have outside play time as a little tidying up is necessary before moving on to afternoon studies.
1:30 – 3:00 Afternoons alternate between science, history and fine art studies. Lots of reading aloud and experimentation occurs, rabbit trails are explored. In the cooler months, nature walks and park trips are frequent.
3:00 -5:00 Lots of free play and outside exploration.
5:00 – 6:00 Everyone gathers together again to help prepare the evening meal. Often audio books or our current music study play in the background and little hands are kept busy with art projects. Father arrives home.
After the family meal, the evening hours are filled with the business of tying up the day– tiding up, reading aloud, prays and bedtime.
Then, in the morning, it’s rinse and repeat.
(You can create your own family master schedule here: Blank Master Schedule)