I roll over and look at the clock. It’s 5am and the baby is crying. I roll over and go back to sleep. Later, I am awakened by loud banging. It’s now 5:45am and the baby is banging a door designed to keep him off the ladder to the bunk bed above his crib. I stumble out of bed, warm up some milk and feed him a bottle. Back in bed he goes; however, about 15 minutes later I give up on this attempt to get him to go back to sleep in fear of my nearly four year old waking up too early, which has happened far too often the last few days. Reluctantly, I head to the living room and park with the baby until I am alert enough to make myself a cup of coffee.
Around 6:45 Little Man (the nearly 4 year old) climbs out from him bunk and now our day is on a roll. I make oatmeal for my husband who leaves for work around 7:30, feed the baby some too, and scarf down my own in between spoons. Meanwhile, Little Man is building a ‘hideout’ for his ‘bears’ with our foam blocks (one of the best toys I’ve ever purchased).
Once daddy has gone to work and Little Man has eaten his breakfast and played some more, I throw some ingredients for chili in the crock-pot and then read to the baby who is now already tired from his early wake up. I read to him (while the boys argue over who will touch and feel the book) That’s Not My Tiger, That’s Not My Dinosaur and The Little Blue Truck .
At 8:30 I lay my screaming 14 month old in his crib, heat up some milk, prep some strawberries and heat up some coffee for myself. Then I grab our pile of books, mostly from Sunlight’s Pre-K program, and we begin reading. We start with a Bible story, then and then move through our read-alouds. Snuggling and reading aloud is our favorite time of day. Little Man reminds me of this often. He loves being read to and can’t get enough of the stories that make up Sonlight’s curriculum. I’m so thankful for good friends who recommended the program to me. Currently, Milly-Molly-Mandy and her adventures are filling his mind; he makes connections between his life and her’s. It’s pretty stinking cute.
After reading, my little biologist determines it would be fun to be a polar bear and so we pretend to be bears: we dig dens, race around an ice floe, save cubs and fight off penguins that somehow made their way from the South Pole to the Arctic.
After our pretend play break, I pull out our All About Reading level 1 curriculum and we play ‘Feed the Monster’ while reading some CVC words. Then, for math, we pull out a play cash register and practice finding the numbers 1-9 on the cash register.
Following our ‘academic learning’ he plays while I fold laundry and get ready to head out on a fun afternoon with Poppa. The baby wakes at 10:30 and I spend the next 45 minutes packing the diaper bag and getting everyone ready to head out for our outing (and doing more some laundry).
I am elated to eat lunch at my favourite dive and have some adult company for our outing today: visiting the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
Little Man loves to feel the sand, bang on the drum to hear the sound of the wind, and today he is “brave enough” to stand in the shark cage and see what it would be like to experience the sharks under water.
We look at shells from around the world, ride on a little underwater carousel, and examine the finds from some local shipwrecks. All the while I am trying to throw in some higher level vocabulary: today ‘ballast’ and ‘bioluminescence’ are on the docket.
Once we arrive home, I feed my tired baby his bottle, read a short Frog and Toad story to Little Man and then encourage him to take a nap. I put on a story on Audible and he is asleep in five minutes.
After checking to ensure that he is asleep, I run into the kitchen, put on the kettle for a cup of tea and do a happy dance: he never naps.
I’ll enjoy another half an hour or so of peace before he wakes up and then he’ll play, or draw while I continue to clean up and work around the house. Thankfully, our chili is already in the crock-pot so I can play and continue to fold laundry up until Daddy gets home and it’s time to eat.
That’s our day homeschooling a preschooler and hanging out with a little munchkin who loves to climb and run. We couldn’t be happier.