What does your day look like? Does this average homeschool day seem reasonable to you? My children love to spend a lot of time outdoors and I don't want to discourage it. At the same time, we barely have any time for out of home socialization or extra cirricular classes. Am I doing something wrong here? Input appreciated.
~Wake up and have breakfast (9am - can't do any earlier, I'm too darn tired from my toddler who loves to wake every hour on the dot).
~DC1 and DC2 sit down to do their maths and english work. This usually takes about 2 hours not including any breaks, as I like to go slow and there are constant interruptions from my younger two children (toddler and preschooler)
~Have lunch (it's now midday)
~Play outside for 2-2.5 hours (easily and I drag them back in kicking and screaming)
~3pm: Come back inside to work on topic of the day (we alternate - so geography/science/history) - An hour at least as it's usually filled with questions/further activities/exploration
~Art time (anything from drawing/painting/general crafts) - Completely child led so they choose what they want to do (they love arts and crafts as much as being outdoors)
~5pm: I need their help in minding the toddler so I can get started on dinner. I cook from scratch so it takes me a good hour at least. No playing with lego while minding him because the littlest enjoys swirling the peices around in his mouth!!
~6:30: Dinner time. Watch half an hour of TV (one part of a movie) while having dinner (yes, bad habit)
~7:00: Sit down with daddy for a little or bath/shower time.
~7:30: Tidy up their stuff and get ready for bed.
~8:00: Bed time.
My questions are:
When do they get to play with older kid toys (such as legos which they also really enjoy)? It feels like there are not enough hours in the day, unless I am not planning my day well. Should they sleep at 8:30 instead or even 9:00pm? They are night owls by nature.. Even when we do put them to sleep, it's still another hour or two of quiet giggling and shuffling about in the bed.
When do I make time for socialization? They always have something they want to do at home instead.
Our weekends are pretty busy. We visit family or family stays over or we need to do our weekly shop/farmers markets etc.