Okay, what I'm asking is about "reality". You mean that you guys don't do any sports or activities outside of the house, such as coop, playdates, etc? You don't ever have to run errands during the week? I mean, your chart looks awesome, but in reality, that doesn't work for most people.
No, we don't have any sports or activities outside the house. No co-ops, no playdates (Monday-Thursday anyway) and any errands that need to be run will be taken care of after lunch. Our rhythm encompasses that.
- mama up (ideally an hour before the babes)
- getting up, taking care of morning hygiene, eating breakfast
- everyone dressed
- out the door for the nature walk/hike
- back home everyone gets water and snack (apple slices, etc.)
- morning story/book time (relates to kindergartener's schoolwork)
- 2 younger ones off to play while eldest starts his work
- once eldest is self-focused on work, return to middle child and begin story/book related project
- check in with eldest as he works, assist as needed
- while they work, unload clean dishes and load dirty ones, begin work on lunch
- check in with youngest regularly, redirect when she becomes intrusive (though typically she joins in with whatever middle child is doing.)
- review work with eldest, if more is needed, chat about that, if he's done
- have lunch, clean up
- if there's more to be done, we do it once the table is cleared from lunch.
- once work is done for the day, the boys have freeplay time, inside if the weather is yucky, outside if it's not.
- if errands need to be run that afternoon, we get organized and get going.
- dinner is typically on the later side, as husband gets home at about 6:45
- children freeplay while I prepare for dinner
- after dinner typically everyone heads to the living room for cuddle up and read or building time (legos, wood blocks, etc.)
- bedtime routine starts
- bedtime target for all children: 8:30 (usually we make that)
Friday is our 'flex' day. That is for field trips, longer errands, playdates and longer music lesson. (We integrate pennywhistle playing into the days but learn new things on Friday.)
Along the way there's always lots of creativity, building, coloring and laughter. Even though its not specified, there's also artwork going on all the time. Middle child's activity of the day frequently involves drawing, painting or clay modeling. I tend to have these things going on after lunch, so that eldest child can participate after his work is done.
And our whole day is jumpstarted by the awesome nature walk/hike. We talk about things, they review things that they are curious about. They do experiments (like learning about the different ways that seeds disburse) and learn all about the nature forces of gravity and such.
Plus it helps everyone get the physical activity needed to be ready to sit and listen when we get home.
Today we are off on our nature walk in a little while, wee one isn't up yet, with a big purpose. Our autumnal equinox/mabon commemoration activity is to take bags along with us and care for Mother Earth by picking up all the litter we see.
And I totally agree with PP comment that rhythm is different for every family. This is our rhythm for right now. It will change when the days get cooler and then turn cold. We will still do nature walks as much as we can, but maybe they will shift to afternoon. It will change, also, when middle child is a 1st grader next year...as he'll begin more academic work.
But for this moment in time, this is our rhythm and its only 'job' is to serve the needs of this family right now. We will make necessary changes to make it flex to our needs as those needs arise.