Mornings have been prime-time for me for quite a while. I still try to accomplish most of my To-Do- list before lunch each day. It seems like I continue to expand the “Must-Do” section of my list, but we’re making it work and getting it all done most days!
I am not an early morning person – so my alarm goes off at 7:45am. We manage to get breakfast, chores, cozy time, exercising, my shower, laundry, piano practiced, and school done with 5 students before lunch time each day. This is how it works:
8:00am – Children’s Breakfast (Cereal, oatmeal, toast, or bagels)
During breakfast, they’ve been playing Telephone or 20 Questions while they eat. Since 2021 began, I’ve been taking these 10-15 minutes of their breakfast time to Exercise. It’s not much; but I’m not in shape, so I’m working at it little by little!
After breakfast, everyone works on their chore list. They’re responsible to have their chores finished by 9:30am. During this time, I will throw in a load of laundry, empty the dish-drainer, drink my coffee, do some dinner prep, take a shower, and get some breakfast.
9:30am – Truman Practices Piano & Shekinah does independent school work.
9:45am – Cozy time
Cozy time is one of my favorite times of the day. We began it in Summer of 2020 when I was wanting to be more intentional about Bible reading and praying with our children. We gather in our living room and get cozy under our blankets. I read aloud for 10-15 minutes. (The Shining Sword by Charles Coleman has been a huge hit.) Then we all read our Bibles individually for 10 minutes. (This is how I get my personal Bible reading in.) After that, we’ll share about what we want to pray for and we pray together. Even though it’s been almost 2 years since we miscarried, Kyndle always wants to pray for Finley to come back. So sweet.
10:15am – Kindergarten & Preschool — I work with Eden first on reading; and then Kyndle joins us and they do their workbooks.
Meanwhile, Shekinah practices her piano and Truman & Liberty work on independent school work.
10:45am – Shekinah, Truman, and Liberty trade places with Eden and Kyndle and it’s time for their school.
I bounce between the three of them as they do Math, English, Spelling, Spanish, Geography, and Reading. (Eden & Kyndle color, play Legos, baby dolls, or with their play-kitchen.)
We typically finish around 12:30pm – Lunch time!
Our afternoons consist of playtime, daily job assignments, working with Trent, playing outside or going on walks, having friends over, getting groceries, purging projects, piano lessons, or preparing for company.
Last fall, I bought a dry-erase marker board and put it on the fridge. Each child has an afternoon “list” to accomplish. Examples that may be in their list are: vacuum carpets, shower, take trash out, clean toilets, put away laundry, clean bedroom, etc. This has been a life-saver. All I have to say is “do your list,” and they erase them when they’re done.
When I think of something that needs to be done, I can assign it to someone’s list and don’t have to constantly pester them with requests. Having purpose/lists/work in their life really helps them play happier too!
It’s always interesting to see how my morning routines change over time as the children transition into different stages. This current routine works really well for me.
I really enjoy putting my focus and heart into my home and am fine with not always being on-the-go to different activities.