A day in the life of… An answer to those who asked how Unschooling looks for families with teens.
5.44 am Mobile phone alarm beeps. I jump out of bed to grab the phone and switch off the alarm because I can’t bear the noise and don’t want it to wake the family. Then, because it’s cold and wet, and because I went to bed at midnight doing work for Kumon, I take my phone back to bed with me for ten minutes. I say a few Hail Marys.
6.05 am Doing a Taebo workout in my room. Time for a half hour workout today… Total Body Blast, kickboxing and light weights. Go Billy Blanks!
6.40 am Getting dressed for work at OOSH. I lay my uniform and jeans and Converse out the night
before so I don’t have to think in the morning. Because I took those ten minutes in bed there is no time now to wash and dry my hair so I put it in pigtails.
6.50 am Leave for work… Running a bit late.
7.00-9.30 am Work as a co-ordinator at an out of school hours care centre. Set up dominoes and tristar games and pet portraits, chat to children and parents and staff, do paperwork, plan afternoon activities.
While at home, builders arrive to fix the termite damage in our rental home. Jonathon and Alexander in Madrid for WYD (lucky things!) and Greg is home for a week before going to the US for postulancy and novitiate. So Greg, Anthony, Thomas get up, workout, tidy, talk, pray, breakfast, computer, errands
9.40 am Home from work, talk to a Kumon parent on the phone, say hi to builders and sons, check email on my phone. Anthony makes a pot of tea and we try to find a quiet builder free area to talk. Can Anthony’s friend come over? Will Greg proofread Anny’s report on Sir Robert Menzies? We all talk, look up movies online, go on Facebook, Thomas writes a blogpost.Anthony puts on a load of laundry and we laugh at how much less washing we have with two away.
About that report. A couple of weeks back it came to me that we were inadvertently studying Australian history this year ( see my post on Inadvertent Homeschooling). With trips and outings and books that came our way. So I suggested to Anthony that he write a report on a famous person in Australian history.. And this he finished yesterday.
About that blog post. A long discussion in Melbourne , about writing and commitment and self discipline and a friend’s blog, encouraged
Thomas’ blog, Life as a student.
10.10 I go to finally wash that hair, reading a bit of Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain ( that modern spiritual classic) and the beginning of Run Your Butt Off (an introduction to running as a workout and sport) on the way. Anthony and Greg play a video game with Anthony’s friend , David. Then David and Anthony play some piano.
10,55 Say goodbye to the builders… They should be finished this weekend and painters in next week! Yay! Kids drop me off to my eye specialist appointment and they head off to the shopping mall. In the waiting room I start to blog, watch the news, read parts of the aforementioned books. This is my rest! Or at least how I look at it… Not boring waiting time!
I look at my To Do list… Is there anything I can do while in the waiting room? I pray the prayer on the holy card I use as a bookmark.
I download some songs on ITunes and field another call from a Kumon parent. While the boys visit the shops and library.
Does it seem like I am filling in time??
I pray for the pilgrims in Madrid.. That plenary indulgence you know!
1.20 pm Finally texting Greg to pick me up… Waited two hours for a six minute consult!
1.49 At the food court for lunch. Lentil beetroot fetta salad! Anthony and his friend play with Bucky Balls, beads with which they make creations. Greg goes to the orthodontist and Thomas to work as an assistant at a nearby Kumon centre. I talk, text, catch up on email. With a skim chai latte!
2.53 pm Rushing to work, late again. Anthony with his friend David at home, playing games and music and reading. Greg will take Anthony to piano lessons at 5pm while I plan indoor activities for the kids at OOSH on this rainy, windy day.
6.05 Walking in the rain, waiting for my lift home from work. Then we leave a car for Thomas at his work, so he can drive to youth group in our parish after work. Home to say hi to dh, home early from work interstate in Canberra. Anthony tells me about music lessons. Builders have finished and gone! I dry my hair and we go to mass in our parish and Anthony then to meet Thomas at youth group.
We talk about St Louis of Anjou, the first Franciscan bishop. And hear from our pilgrims in Spain… It’s amazing!
I get to pray the Morning and Evening prayers of the Office before and after mass ( yay! But hangs head in shame re catch up). Then home to pick up dh … Just we three, Gerry, Greg and I for dinner, some time to chat before Greg goes away.
Where shall we eat?
8.44 At a local Thai restaurant. Thomas and Anny still at youth group. Hearing all about WYD from pilgrims and about studies in the US from Greg.
9.48 Meet T and A at McDonalds for coffee and chat about youth group. Still cold. Pouring rain.
Discuss tomorrow’s plans.
Discuss items in the newspaper.
And talk about writing. And blogs. And personal culpability. And mental health problems.
10.48 pm Home . Very , very cold. Anthony does more laundry. I tidy up. We pray and get ready for bed. I make a To Do list for tomorrow, adding the many things I didn’t do today.
An early night.. We were going to watch an episode of Numbers (Maths and crime!) but we are oh so tired after a busy week… So bed and reading for us all ( and blogging for me!)