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My take on “Summer Scheduling”

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Summer has arrived and with the end of school comes our annual family meeting about summer goals and schedules.

Yes, I know what you are thinking.

And, yes, I can see the eye rolls through the computer screen.

But give me a moment to make an argument for summer schedules.

While our days are more regimented than most people are comfortable with…especially in the summer months…I find my family thrives and gets the most out of our summer months because of a summer schedule. For our two children that have come into our lives after a life of trauma and chaos, I find the practice of scheduling and predictability essential. Even for kids that haven’t experienced childhood trauma a schedule can be a stabilizing force. The wonderful feeling of freedom that comes from a summer free of routine and responsibility can leave some children spinning out of control.

The use of a schedule also benefits the Momma. There are less behaviors to correct and less bickering when children aren’t free falling through their day. Which is not to say we don’t enjoy the lazy, unplanned moments of summer. Part of the fun of summer comes from the opportunity to be able to be impulsive and unrestrained by the extra commitments and demands of the school year, so we work to find a balance.

Let me explain.

Many years ago we discovered the benefits of summer scheduling. While we still enjoy the fun of lazy summer days, I have discovered that summer time is a perfect time to focus on growth areas with our children that the busy school year doesn’t allow us time for. The lifting of external demands allows us to redirect our time and energy on those areas of our home that could use extra attention. This could be in the physical upkeep of our home, the spiritual upkeep of our testimonies, the emotional care of our children and our spouses, or even self care that has been pushed to the very bottom of the priority list in the midst of more pressing demands.

As we pray about how to best be a faithful steward of the extra time we are blessed with during those days of summer break, we look at a few main areas…the educational needs of the children, the care of our home,  growing and developing as individuals, and the strengthening of our family.

In the summer months we continue to do school, just on a smaller scale. Typically we do 2 hours of learning a day. We use that time to keep the basics of math and reading fresh in their minds as well as work on areas that need extra remediation. With multiple kids having an IEP because of learning disabilities or Dyslexia I have learned that taking 3 months off school  stalls their progress too much and we pay for it come September, so we just modify our learning for the summer months.

One of the things we discuss at our annual summer planning meeting is what educational goals or what struggles each child  would like to work on over the summer months and then I come up with worksheets, games, and books for them to use as “school” during the summer to meet those needs. For some kids we will work on cursive writing, others will be strengthening their math facts practice, and spelling and reading is a priority for others. This is also the time I will introduce some fun learning games or unit studies that I have been wanting to do with the kids that I just don’t have the time for during the school year.

After the kids all made their lists of summer learning goals we moved onto summer chores.

The kids all have daily and weekly chores they are responsible for. Some are indoor chores, some are outdoor/farm animal chores, and some are seasonal chores that only come during the summer months. My kids keep the same chores for a year and then we switch them every summer. I do this, rather than rotate them daily or weekly, for the sake of my own sanity. It is easier to know who didn’t complete their chore when it is only one person responsible rather than try to remember whose day it was to unload dishes. I also do it this way because they really learn the skills of each job if they do I for a longer period of time. Their chores are assigned based on age, skill level, and ability. The kids rotate through the chores year by year with our hope being that by the time they leave home they have learned all the home/life skills needed to live independently.

Summer is the time we switch kids from one chore to another because that is the season that I have the time to train them at their new task , as well as the time to follow-up on each task daily to make sure they are capable and responsible and accountable for the work they did.

Summertime also allows us extra time to work on life skills that perhaps need to be taught but there is just never time to address them. From the time my kids were little I would schedule 15-30 minutes a day in their summer schedule to work on a life skill. My kids looked forward to this time because we made it fun. We were able to address issues that maybe drove me crazy (like messy clothes drawers) and turn it into a fun learning activity (like a clothes folding relay race.) During this time we taught things like:

How to properly wash our hands, telephone manners, how to address an envelope, how to call 911 in an emergency, how to clean up after yourself when you take a shower, how to cut your own nails, how to answer adults with “yes sir, yes ma’am,” how to braid hair, etc.

Many of these skills are now being retaught to our younger two who have come to us with gaps in their early years of learning these basics. I plan this time of our day by keeping a list for myself during the year of areas that I see a need more training, or skills I see my children lacking, and then use that list for “life skill time” during the summer months.

During this summer planning meeting we also ask the kids to set a few goals for themselves. We ask them to consider a physical, mental, spiritual and educational goal to work on improving over the summer months. They might pick things like “exercise for 30 minutes a day,” or “practice piano twice a day,” or “read scriptures for 20 minutes a day,”

and then we try to plan the time into their daily schedules to allow them to work on those personal goals.

And, of course, what is summer without lazy/ do nothing moments?

A portion of our day is left open for creative, independent play. Tyler calls this time “playing imagination.” During the summer months the electronics are limited and the kids are encouraged to get outside, go explore, be creative. This is their time to be kids and independently lead their own activities. They go on bike rides, pack a picnic and walk down to the pond to catch frogs, take books out to the hammocks and read, play capture the flag or run through the sprinkler. This is my time, while they are out playing,  to tackle my own summer “to do” list of items  that I never seem to have enough time for during the school year when I am busy homeschooling 5 kids and am busy with after school activities. Summer is my time to catch up on those chores I can’t seem to find time for during the school year…

cleaning out drawers and closets, catching up on scrapbooking, filing paperwork, redecorating, refinishing furniture, etc.

Summer is the perfect time to play “catch up.”

So last night was the night we went over all our plans for summer and now I will take all my notes from our family meeting, as well as Toby’s input on things he would like to see done, and issues he would like to see addressed over the summer months, and I will make our summer schedule which we will implement beginning next Monday.

For many this may seem rigid or too structured for the freedom that comes from summer time, but for us this works well. This is our 10th year using a summer schedule and the benefits are huge. I have seen how those 12 weeks of summer can fly by in a blink of an eye. The grand plans you have in May can quickly get lost or tossed aside when August arrives and you realize that summer is almost over. By entering summer break with a plan we find that we get more from our summer months and can begin school again in September in a  much better place if we follow a summer schedule.

It is not for everyone but it works for us.

Last night was also Family Night so in addition to our annual summer scheduling meeting we had some fun. While surfing SugarDoodle I found a link for “human piñata.” After reading the description I knew it was a perfect kick-off for a summer of fun. I made a run to the Dollar Tree to get the supplies needed. I spent $6.00 and bought a t-shirt I could ruin and $5.00 worth of candy.

When I got home I hot glued all the treats to the shirt and hid it away until it was time to play.

The game was simple. It’s basically tag with extra motivation. 😉

 You have a runner and chasers. The runner’s goal is to keep possession of the loot that is glued to their shirt and the chasers goal is to pull off candy when they get within reach of the runner, thus adding to their personal candy stash. The great thing about this family night activity is that the treat is included 🙂

It was a hit!

And a perfect kick-off for the summer ahead.

(The kids took turns being the runner. Tyler was first.)

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Welcome Summer!

Well-timed Wednesday

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Scheduling a home school family is a delicate dance. A well-timed waltz of appointments, schooling, lessons, and extras.

There is no day more well-timed and fast paced than our Wednesdays.

Wednesday has been our busy day for years. Wednesday is our homeschooling co-op day. This year, however, the pace of our Wednesday dance has evolved from a “hustle” to a “quick step.” We have had some of the commitments from other days get moved to our Wednesdays. In the end this is a blessing. It means I can set aside one day as our “crazy day” and have less interruptions to our other school days, the rest of the week.

Here is a glimpse into the large amount of living we squeeze into that “well-timed weekday.”

The day begins long before 8:00 am, but that is the time we load ’em up and move ’em out. The packing required for the day involves school supplies, books, lunches, library books, science experiment materials, art supplies and gym toys.

Gracie, eager to clock the last of her needed practice hours before she takes her driving test, drove us on our 1/2 hour trip north to co-op.

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Our school day at co-op begins with announcements and the pledge before we begin our first class at 9:00 am. The kids rotate through hour-long classes of science, history, and art with the other children in our co-op that are in their grade. The moms teach the different classes for grades: preschool – 8th grade. Our high school students work independently in a study hall. I teach three of the second grade classes this semester. I  get to teach Tyler  science, art, and music.

For second grade science we were learning about sound waves, the parts of the ear, pitch and volume. As part of my lesson I brought in chimes and we experimented with playing songs with a variety of pitches and volume levels. Rusty came in to help me with this lesson.

For second grade science we were learning about sound waves, the parts of the ear, pitch and volume. As part of my lesson I brought in chimes and we experimented with playing songs with a variety of pitches and volume levels. Rusty came in to help me with this lesson.

Lunch takes place from 12:45 to 1:15. The kids love the opportunity to eat lunch with friends in a lunchroom setting, followed by games in the gym afterwards.

Social time!

Social time!

Our last class of the day is music, which takes place after lunch. We finish co-op around 1:00 pm and have a little time for visiting and socializing before we head to stop #2.

Now, following co-op on Wednesdays, Ozzie has O.T. The cyber school he attends assigned us to an occupational therapist right up the road from our co-op. We were able to secure an appointment time on Wednesdays, immediately following co-op, thus saving us an extra trip north on a different day of the week. His appointment is at 2:00 pm and last 30 minutes. This week was his first session. We met the therapist that will be working with him. I was so pleased. Although he was referred for handwriting issues, she took note of coordination, dexterity, and strength issues that she will also be working with him on. She explained her background working with kids on the Autism spectrum and noted some of the O.T. work she recommends for Ozzie after running him through a series of evaluations. The beautiful thing about it was that Ozzie didn’t even realize he was being evaluated. The office has a ball pit, jungle gym, riding toys and games. She led Ozzie through a series of activities that he viewed as “play time” so that she could get a handle on his needs. She was so knowledgable, enthusiastic, and encouraging that I left feeling encouraged myself. I think this is going to be a great blessing for Oz.

On a side note: while we were at the office, one of the speech therapists approached us and asked Ozzie if he remembered her. She explained that she was a student to his speech therapist that he began working with when he was a little boy, still living with his birth parents. It is always a surreal experience to meet a stranger who knew my son before I  knew my son. I could tell she was equally surprised to see Ozzie and hear of how his life had changed since they last saw each other.

At 2:30 we left the office and drove home to meet our piano teacher for lessons from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. We are blessed with an amazing piano teacher that comes to our home for lessons. She teaches the kids individually in 30 minute blocks while the rest of us hang out in the dining room, finishing lessons and taking assessments from the lessons that were taught at co-op. Tyler is the only kid who doesn’t take piano lessons at this point. We will see if it is a fit for him down the road.

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At 5:00 our piano teacher leaves and it is Rusty’s “one on one” time.

The kids all have assigned days of the week, with Gracie’s day taking place on Monday and ending with Tyler’s day on Friday. On their day the kids get all the extra chores, as well as the extra privileges of the day. This began years ago as a means of cutting down on the bickering of whose “turn” things were…whose turn to ride in the front seat, whose turn to clean the litter box, etc. Now, if it is “your day,” you get the last brownie, or get to pick the TV show, but you also serve as mom’s extra set of hands. “Your assigned day”  is your day to do your laundry,  and your day to pick the dinner menu, and cook dinner with mom.

This system had helped free space in my brain because now I don’t have to remember whose turn things are in an effort to keep things fair. I just have to remember what day of the week it is. 🙂

(Which is often a challenge in itself!)

As part of this system I have an hour scheduled every afternoon for “one on one” time with my kids. Whoever’s day it is gets one hour of uninterrupted time with mom to do whatever they wish. We usually have a fun treat and do an activity of their choice. Sometimes it is a game, or a craft, or baking. Sometimes they choose to use my uninterrupted attention to get help with a practical task. Yesterday was Rusty’s time and he asked for my help preparing a lesson he was asked to teach at church on Sunday. We worked on that for half of his time and for the second half he asked me to play computer games with him.

I cherish this one on one time with my kids. It can be a challenge to fit it in, especially on busy Wednesdays, but it always ends up being my favorite part of the day. I am able to visit with and focus on one child. I have found  they open up and share their hearts in a way that doesn’t happen when they are surrounded by siblings.

Rusty's one on one time.

Rusty’s one on one time.

 At 6:00 pm Rusty’s time was over and it was time to fix a quick dinner before we were out the door again. Rusty chose to make steak sandwiches and sweet potato fries for dinner.

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Wednesday nights are a family night. We all have activities and obligations that take us to church on Wednesday nights. Tyler and Ozzie have cub scouts. Toby is an assistant scout master to Rusty’s boy scout troop and the girls have church activities. So at 6:30 pm we leave the house for the final run of the day and drive 30 minutes south to church where we spend the evening as a family participating in some wonderful activities. By 9:30 pm we are back home and ready to rest after a very busy day!

My three scouts...

My three scouts…

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  – Nietzsche

Our Wednesdays are a well-timed dance. For those who are watching from the outside, our choices may seem unappealing, our movements may appear completely insane…

But they can’t hear the music of our souls.

“We are not trying to do school at home. We’re trying to do homeschool. These are entirely two different propositions. We are not trying to replicate the time, style or content of the classroom. Rather we are trying to cultivate a lifestyle of learning in which learning takes place from morning until bedtime- 7 days a week. The formal portion of each teaching day is just the tip of the iceberg.” – Lambert

Amen!

A “typical” homeschooling day

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127I am often asked what a “typical” homeschooling day looks like. I have friends and family that, although supportive, are curious as to what it is that we do everyday behind closed doors. There are many misconceptions about homeschooling. There are those who look at homeschooling moms and suspect that our kids spend the majority of the day in front of the TV while we lounge and eat bon-bons and then there are those who are shocked that we would even want to have our kids home all day and perceive homeschooling as a much more intimidating choice that it actually is. When Gracie was in public school kindergarten God started putting the idea of homeschooling on our hearts. When we decided to homeschool Gracie in first grade it wasn’t because we were unhappy with our public school, it wasn’t because she was doing poorly or was unhappy, it wasn’t because I thought I could do a better job; it was because God called me to this. Even though I knew that homeschooling was the path we were being called to take that didn’t mean that I wasn’t completely intimidated by it…I was! I didn’t know where to even begin. We eventually found the path that worked best for us and that was through a partnership with a cyber school. I was able to do all of the teaching myself but had the support I needed from a teacher. This gave me more confidence as I began this journey. My biggest struggle though, as I started out, was not knowing what a homeschooling day should look like. I read many books and had some dear friends that allowed me to spend a day at their home observing a “typical” homeschool day.  This was a huge confidence booster for me. I left thinking, “I could do that.”

Winnie

Winnie

For those that are curious what it is that we do behind closed doors each day I thought I’d journal a “typical” day as we are living it. I use the term “typical” loosely. What we do is not necessarily “typical” of how others homeschool. We homeschooling moms all have our own ways of meeting the needs of our children, our own challenges, different curriculum choices.. some are scheduled, some relaxed, some unschool..but this is our way. This day is “typical” in terms of the scheduling and routine but ” not typical” in the sense that on this day we had minimal interruptions, no major catastrophes, and no away from home activities…welcome to a day at Patchwork Farm!

The day begins at 6:38 am with Tyler yelling through my bedroom door, “Good Morning, Momma!” Tyler’s wake-up time varies greatly day to day. Some days he is up as early as 6 am sometimes as late as 8:30 am but the one thing that never varies is the amount of energy and volume he wakes up with. He is running at full speed when his feet hit the floor and thus becomes the morning alarm clock for the rest of the household. As soon as Tyler wakes up he wants to eat breakfast so I get his morning pills out and try to convince him to take them immediately before they are misplaced (yes, that happens frequently) as I prepare his breakfast which is usually cereal or eggs. Once I get him situated at the kitchen counter and put on a half hour episode of Arthur I sit down with a cup of peppermint tea for a few minutes of quiet time with the Lord. Ideally I would love to beat Tyler awake to have my “quiet time” when the house is actually quiet, but today that didn’t happen so I had to settle for a quick prayer and a quick spiritual feeding before my day begins fully.

Tyler's first job for the day..gather eggs.

Tyler’s first job for the day..gather eggs.

By 7:30 everyone is up and beginning their morning chores. The kids have an hour and a half to get their morning chores done, get dressed, and eat breakfast before school begins at 9:00. Molly’s morning chores consist of: feeding the three cats, emptying the dishwasher, making her bed, picking up her room,  getting dressed, and taking care of the bunnies. Gracie’s jobs include: sweeping the front porch/walk, tidying the front hall and hall closet, making her bed, picking up her room and getting dressed. Rusty’s responsibilities include: feeding and watering the dogs, helping feed and water the ducks, starting and switching a load of laundry, picking up his room, making his bed, and getting dressed. Tyler’s jobs include: gathering and washing his eggs, feeding the farm animals, making his bed, picking up his room and getting himself dressed. I spend the hour before school begins wiping down bathroom counters and swishing toilets, doing a load of dishes, making my bed, putting a load of wash on the line, putting something for dinner in the crockpot (today it is harvest porkchops) and if I’m lucky, getting dressed. 🙂 In among my chores there is a lot of… encouraging Tyler to finish his room, encouraging Rusty to move a little faster, breaking up  battles between Winnie (the bulldog) and Harley (the pot-belly pig) and putting out minor “fires.”

Harvest Porkchops for dinner

Harvest Porkchops for dinner

At 9:00 we begin school. In an effort to accomplish all that needs done in a day we use a time management scheduling tool written by the Maxwells entitled, Managers of Their Homes. It is a tool that hangs on the fridge that schedules out the kids’ day and mine. I have been using it for ten years and have found it the most effective way to juggle four kids’ homeschooling lessons, animal and home responsibilities, errands and activities, as well as church responsibilities.

Our schedule

Our schedule

Some of my friends tease me about my OCD schedule and threaten to sneak over and start moving squares on my chart but this little tool has really been a blessing, especially since we have added Tyler to our family and I now have to figure out how to make time to teach Tyler too. Here is a basic look at what our morning’s look like..

9:00   Katie: teaches Tyler, Grace: works on her church goal program: personal progress, Molly: logs onto her online class where she does Math online with her teacher, Rusty: practices piano, and Tyler: does phonics with me.

9:30  Katie: teach Tyler, Grace: reads her literature (She is currently reading Julius Caesar), Molly: still doing Math, Rusty: reads literature (he is reading, A Wrinkle in Time), Tyler: has math with me.

Molly in her online class

Molly in her online class

10:00 Katie works with Rusty and Molly on the 6th grade Math that they share. Today they worked on graphing coordinates, Gracie: practiced piano, and Tyler: has free time.110

10:30 Katie: does zone cleaning. This is the small/detail cleaning job I do each day. This comes from the cleaning system I use to maintain some order and cleanliness in my home…Flylady.net. I have been using this system to clean my home for the last ten years and highly recommend it! Today I worked on organizing our game closet, which was a disaster due in part to Tyler pulling games out but not putting them back. While I did this Gracie: did history (she is learning about Gandhi), Molly: read her literature (she is reading The Secret Garden), Rusty: logged onto his online class where they are learning how to write  a compare and contrast essay, and Tyler: ran off some energy outside.

11:00  Katie: teaches Grace, Grace: works on Algebra with Mom. Today she is learning about algebraic proofs, Molly: works on her personal progress, Rusty: still in his online compare and contrast class, Tyler: works on puzzles.

Tyler working on puzzles

Tyler working on puzzles

11:30  Katie: has history with Rusty. We are finishing up his history book for the year, The History of US. He is currently studying the assassination of President Lincoln. Gracie: has her “one on one time” with Tyler. Rather than a cooking lesson he asked if Gracie would practice soccer with him so that he would be ready for his practice later. Molly: practices piano.

12:00  Katie: has history with Molly. Molly is also studying U.S. history but is in part two of the series and is studying 9/11 and the World Trade Center. Grace: continues to work on her history, Rusty: has one on one time with Tyler. They decide to take Rusty’s remote control helicopter outside to fly. The boys came in soon after going outside to inform me that the helicopter was stuck on the roof. I gave Rusty permission to climb up on the roof (without Tyler..much to his disappointment) to retrieve it.

Having the kids take turns with Tyler has been a wonderful way to free me up to work with the other kids but is also a  way to help each of the kids build a stronger relationship with Tyler while also assuming responsibility for teaching and working with him. At 12:30 we break for lunch. I give the kids an hour off for lunch and this is their time to play or relax after they are done eating. This is also my free time for the day when I can make phone calls, get caught up on paperwork, fold laundry or simply sit for a bit before the chaos ensues again.

In the afternoon the focus is on composition, vocabulary, and grammar. This is also the time that the girls work on music, Rusty works on spelling, and they have some free time to get caught up on work they weren’t able to complete in the morning.

The boys and Winnie playing in the hay shed.

The boys and Winnie playing in the hay shed.

At 1:30 after everyone has finished lunch we put on our shoes to go on a walk before resuming our schoolwork. In the fall we got into the habit of going on a daily walk each day and now that the weather is getting warmer we have resumed the tradition. It is fun to take a walk through the woods, visit, let Tyler run off some energy and enjoy the beauty around us before we are back inside for the afternoon. Today was gloomy but not raining so we decided to go ahead with our walk. We took Brownie and Winnie with us. As we walked to the other side of our property we stopped at a shed in the woods where we store extra hay and bagged leaves that we use for animal bedding. The boys and Winnie had fun climbing to the top and sliding down the loose hay. As we walked through the woods we came across an unexpected patch of color in the form of tulips. What a treat! We picked them to bring home to brighten up our table.  When  we arrived home it was back to work!116

2:00 Katie: with Molly and Gracie. Even though the girls are in two different grades they are both currently studying the same things in grammar so I taught them together and then let them do their assessments separately. Rusty: reluctantly worked on spelling while Tyler: bugged Rusty to hurry so he could play helicopter with him.

The boys playing games

The boys playing games

2:30  Katie: continued to work on punctuation with the girls. Rusty: has one on one time with Tyler. They played Blokus and then Rusty plays ABC bingo with Tyler to help him work on his letter recognition.

3:00  Katie: teaches Rusty grammar.  Rusty: works on adverbs. Molly: cleans up the animal pens in the basement. Gracie: works on a music lesson.

3:30  Katie: pulls rolls out of the oven for dinner, switches laundry over, loads the lunch dishes that were neglected earlier and then sits down with Tyler on the livingroom couch to read and snuggles. Gracie, Molly, and Rusty: put away their school supplies for the day and prepared for our weekly cleaning hour that we do every Monday, our “weekly home blessing” (also from flyl122ady.net). Tyler: literature.

At 4:00 we begin our hour of house cleaning. This is when we do those once a week cleaning jobs like vacuuming, dusting, bathtubs, mopping..those jobs I would love to be able to do more frequently but am grateful to accomplish weekly. 🙂 We all have different jobs during this time. Rusty is my duster, Molly does my bathrooms, Gracie sweeps and mops the hardwood floors, Tyler empties all the garbage cans in the house and I take care of the kitchen, vacuuming, and changing sheets. It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished in that one hour when everyone is working together.  We set the kitchen timer for 60 minutes and when the timer goes off we stop. Due to everyone pitching in we can get 5 man hours out of that one hour.

Tyler helping Molly clean toilets.

Tyler helping Molly clean toilets.

After we are done cleaning I check my email and find out that Tyler’s soccer practice is cancelled due to muddy fields. Tyler’s disappointed but I must admit I am jumping for joy at the thought of not having to hurry through dinner and out the door for soccer practice at 6:00.

At 5:00 I begin Rusty’s “one on one” time with him. For his time this week he wants to make brownies for our Family Night treat. We visit while he bakes and then he has me help him look up some scriptures that he needs to look up for church. When we are just about done with Rusty’s time Toby comes home from work. He walks over and quietly asks if I have something planned for Family Night and I tell him I have a lesson on fire safety planned as well as a fire drill. It has been a worry of mine lately that, although we have prepared the older kids for a fire emergency, we haven’t talked to Tyler about it. Toby asks if we could pull off my fire safety lesson and dinner in an hour because he wants to take the kids to see the movie, The Croods, at 7:00.

Rusty baking

Rusty baking

We call the kids into the livingroom where we discuss what to do in the event of a fire. Tyler’s answers confirm my suspicions that he doesn’t know what to do in a fire emergency. After going over the do’s and don’ts of fire safety we have a practice drill. First Toby turns off the lights and sets off the smoke alarms. The kids practice checking doors for heat, crawling quickly to an exit (in case of smoke) and going straight to our meeting location outside. Everyone’s favorite part was the “finding a secondary exit” exercise where they get to climb out their bedroom window. Tyler especially loved this. Hopefully they will never need this information but I feel more secure knowing that they do.

Fire drill!

Fire drill!

We then dish up dinner, eat quickly, clean up and drive to the movie theatre to see The Croods.  It is a cute movie and very funny. It was enjoyed by all! When we arrive home we have family scripture and prayer time then it is straight to bed for Tyler. I tuck him in and read him his story. He is in tears over not wanting to go to bed but soon falls asleep. The girls also go to bed soon after bottle feeding their goats because Gracie isn’t feeling great. I think she is battling a head cold. By 10:00 the kids are all asleep. Toby and I walk the house, lock doors, turn off lights, and check on kids, and then climb into bed… Good night!126

So, there you have it..a “typical day” at Patchwork Farm. 🙂