Now that both girls are involved in "school" each day, it actually makes things easier. They both know what they are to accomplish during school time.
Our typical day looks like this:
5:15am Daddy wakes up for work. I try to get up with him (unless I was short on sleep, I sleep in a bit to avoid turning into "mom-ster") to pack his lunch, make coffee, etc.
6:00 Daddy is out the door. I take 30 min or so to preview our school day, take note of anything we skipped the day before, etc.
6:30 I do my 20 min mom-only workout
7:00 I shower and get myself prepared for the day. The kids always wake up while I am in the shower, so I can open the foggy door and be startled by a little person watching me. Every. Single. Day.
7:30 we head down for breakfast. We make a weekly meal plan on Fridays, so there is almost never a "what are we going to eat?" Problem. While the girls eat, I eat and unload the dishwasher from the night before, and do any tidying necessary. Once the girls are done, Honey clears dishes off the table, Boo wipes the table and chairs, then Honey vacuums with our handy dandy stick - vac (best $19 ever spent). This is something they do after each meal -depending on level of mess! Occasionally the dog handles all necessary floor clean up.
8:00 back upstairs to get dressed (we skip this step often), brush teeth, hair, and make beds/open curtains, and I gather laundry -on Mondays we strip sheets and wash them.
8:30 (yes brushing teeth takes that long!) We head to school. We start out with circle time - we have a youtube playlist, so each child picks a few songs, and we just act crazy.Then we do our daily Bible text, and prayer.
8:50 - Boo picks her basket for the day. Honey gets set up with her reading/writing activity. Depending how much direction is needed, I may use this time to print anything needed, do research, etc.
9:30ish - math. We start out with daily math calendar - weather graphing, daily number practice, writing the date, etc. Then daily math assignment. This usually requires a lot of direction since Honey is a beginner reader.
10-10:15ish - snack break/brain break.
10:30 - free play
11:30 - phys ed (if lunch for the day takes a lot of prep, they do a youtube video) - when the weather is nice, we do park play and picnic.
12:00 - lunch, followed by clean-up
12:30 - social studies/science
1:00 - art/music, followed by school tidy up
1:30-1:45 - quiet time/nap time - I take this time for house work. I have a cleaning schedule, so I know what I am doing each day, not wandering around figuring out what needs to be done. Here is a download showing my schedule.
2:45 - any errands that need to be done - library, grocery shopping (although we get our produce delivered from this great service, so once a week shopping is sufficient.), park time, etc.
4:45 - I start making dinner - kids play inside or out (our kitchen has sliding doors to our fenced backyard, so I can always see), or sometimes watch a show on netflix.
5:30 - Daddy is home. Gosh I missed him! We eat dinner right away.
6:00 - depending on the day, we have different plans for the evening - family Bible study, dog obedience school (short term), dance classes, etc.
8:30 - 10 pm - bedtime, depending on the day. If they are up later, they usually sleep a bit later the next day. This is my time to get the house cleaned, deal with laundry, hang with hubby, watch TV - although we don't have cable, so that's rare - or spend endless hours browsing Pinterest.
These times are by no means written in stone. This is an average day, but some days it's 10 am before school starts because the girls slept later. Some days our afternoon gets skipped entirely because we got intrigued by something else. When that happens, we try our best to make up for what was missed on Fridays. Daddy works half days fridays, so we go on our field trips with him as often as possible.
This schedule works well for us. The girls stay engaged and look forward to school days.
How do you structure your day? I'm curious how others make their day work for their families!