A Day in the Life of Jessica, Homeschool Mama of Two
Hello there! I am Jessica over on @momducator. I live in sunny Florida with my favorite person, married almost 15 years and our two daughters (7 yo and 5yo) both of which are learning at home alongside me. I became a SAHM when my youngest was born after teaching in the public education system here. I believe each day is an opportunity for learning while living each moment. With this mindset, we’ve done home learning since day one around here. As the girls grew I have created playful ways to concrete lessons for them all the while being encouraged and inspired by many influences that cultivate a love of learning … a love of life!
First Thing in the Morning
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It is 7:00 am and right on track my girls have joined me and hubby in bed. The squabbling over who gets to snuggle our sweet introverted kitty has begun and I slip out of bed to jump into the shower of solace. I need this time. I am a better mom when I am able to shower first thing. I know this about me. It is a good thing. I feel it is so important to know what can make or break you not only has a mom but a person. A nice quiet shower first thing makes me. The newfound talent of whistling of my oldest…. I’m pretty sure is going to break me.
After the shower, you can find me in the kitchen with the girls making breakfast so Dad, also not a morning person, can have his shower too before heading off to work.
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Breakfast is mostly eaten. Hubby has left for the day. The girls and I will engage in our daily responsibilities. These are joyful contributions so our family can run smoothly and strongly as a unit. Do your kids have family responsibilities? What do they include?
We are singing our morning song as we head upstairs to our Morning Work Cycle where we do circle time (morning prayers, read aloud and calendar) and the girls will be engaged in the Montessori Inspired Work trays I have prepared for them. This time is quiet for maximum concentration and I will stay in the space with them for guidance, questions and casual connecting and I will read a book.
After table time is our read aloud and handcrafts. I do our read alouds on a loop, meaning each day I read aloud something different on our schedule allowing us to move through the books of various interests and genres to us all. Sometimes if all of us are into one I will go ahead and read the same one multiple days in a row. But I really love how being on a loop offers us the time to digest the passages of each book instead of merely binging right through it. While listening the girls will choose a handcraft to work on (needle felting, beeswax modeling clay, finger knitting, hand sewing). Outside Play, Lunch and Rest Time follow directly and if we have errands that need doing we run them during this time.What is on your shelf today?
I protect this time for play. We do our best to stay home so the girls can just play! This time looks so different each day. The girls can be found outside in our mud kitchen nails and toes caked in mud. Or they can be found covered with glue and markers from getting creative in our art space. Or even still, could be found clean as a whistle because they’ve chosen to play indoors with the block area or curled up with piles of books. Whichever they choose this is sacred, unorganized time for them. And although I can be found connecting and being present with them in a lot of their play I feel it is SO important to *let them be* while I will crawl into a book, do some family organizational items, meal prep or even nothing. Oh, this time of nothing should be advocated for more than I do so.
Thank you so much to Jessica for sharing their family’s day with us!
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