From Our House to Yours
A ‘Day in the Life’ of RTR and WH – Morning Chores and Breakfast
In this Heart of Dakota series, we continue describing a ‘day in the life’ of using Resurrection to Reformation (RTR) and World History (WH). So far, I’ve shared our take on homework, as well as our waking up to homeschool routine. Today, I will share about our morning chores and our breakfast menu.
There is much that must be done to keep a home running smoothly! Homeschooling means we use our home more, which means more upkeep. I believe there are two primary reasons for morning chores. First, I need help. Second, I want my sons to be prepared to own and help care for their own home someday. My oldest son feeds, waters, and exercises the dogs. He also gets the mail, clears the snow, and sets the trash at the end of the driveway for the garbage truck. My youngest starts our morning praise music, unloads the dishwasher, and sets the table. He then joins my oldest son outside by feeding our cat. My middle son consolidates all the trash bags into one bag and takes it out. He then fills the Keurig with water, sets out our vitamins, and makes a family smoothie.
Making Morning Chores a Happy Affair
The words ‘happy’ and ‘chores’ may not seem to go together! However, we have found chores actually can be a happy affair! First, we all enjoy listening to the Christian praise music on our playlists. Many of the songs we know from our local Christian radio station KNWC. Other songs we know are sung in our church. Because we all choose songs for our playlist, everyone has favorites they look forward to hearing. Second, I don’t mind a little creativity in chores. Wyatt shoots basketball hoops while the dogs run around outside. Emmett rides his 3-wheeler to feed our cat Sweetie Pie, and he lights a different candle each day while setting the table. Riley makes all sorts of surprise flavors of smoothies, from pumpkin pie to pineapple mango, and from chocolate peanut butter to berry. Overall, chores are a happy affair!
Though our breakfast has changed through the years, we have always had a planned menu. This helps so much! I can get up each morning and know what I am making. When I make a grocery list, it is easy because I have a plan. As a mother of all boys, I know how much they look forward to home cooked meals. I hang the menu on the fridge for all to see. Since I like a little choice in what I make, I list 4 or 5 breakfast options each day. I just choose in the morning which one I feel like making and cross it off. When I’ve made everything in about a month, I hang a new menu. The “*” notes something that is made every time to accompany the breakfast, which is the family smoothie.
|Berries & Oatmeal|
Peaches & Oatmeal
Bananas & Oatmeal
Apples & Oatmeal
Craisins & Nuts Oatmeal
Granola Bars & Apples
Frozen waffles or pancakes
|Ham/cheese egg bake, bacon, toast|
Scrambled cheesy eggs, bacon, toast
Fried eggs & French toast
Fruit Popover & Fried eggs
Pear Pancake & Scrambled Eggs
|Cereal & Toast|
Pumpkin, Blueberry, OR Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Try making your own chore chart and breakfast menu! See if you like it!