What has quarantine looked like for our family? Everyday has looked different. I am sure that is the same for you. My husband is still working full-time, but from home. His work days consist of zoom meetings and phone calls all day and even some nights. Two days a week he is serving in our food pantry at church with all the protective gear. I have only been working 4-6 hours a week on Thursdays (reduced hours), so I have been homeschooling Daniel full-time.
Hopefully by me sharing, you will have some more ideas for you and your family.
This is what our days are looking like in general:
We spend intentional time praying together as a family.
Each of us does our own devotionals and then we pray together before we start our days. During typical weeks not in quarantine, we all have different schedules and may not see each other in the morning. Praying together and talking about what we read in the Bible daily has been really nice for our family.
On Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, we attend church at home together. Daniel has his own kids curriculum through our church for Sundays, so he worships with us and then starts his lesson while we watch adult service. Wednesday nights we have him watch a series called Liberados through Messenger International for kids. Robert and I got a membership through them because Lisa and John Bevere have amazing studies for adults. I didn’t know they had anything for kids until I stumbled upon Liberados in their course list. They are encouraging fun episodes for kids. This was perfect for him for Wednesday nights.
A must for us is going outside everyday.
Our outdoor activities consist of anything from throwing the baseball or football, to bike riding, or a simple walk. If it rains we will try to find an activity to do in the garage with the door open or something in our back porch. Since we are not getting as much exercise as our family usually does with work, school, and gym, going outside is a must for us.
Interesting Fact – Did you know we need at least 15 minutes of sun a day? Sun is not only good for our physical health but also our mental health. You guys all know I am a nurse, so I like researching all aspects of health. We can get almost all of our vitamin D for the day if we stay outside in the sun for 15 minutes. For our mental health, being out in the sun increases our serotonin, our happy hormone.
When schools shut down, I created my own home school program for Daniel.
I had a set schedule for him with different subjects, activities, and break times scheduled in between. The schedule was great for him. He even learned cursive! Now that he has virtual school from his actual school, he finishes within a few hours, but still likes to do some of the activities that I had assigned him prior in Mommy’s Homeschool.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate into your children’s schedule if they have a lot of free time after they finish their class assignments:
Typing Club – Learn how to type
Duolingo – Learn another language <– Daniel is learning a ton of Spanish. I speak Spanish, but he is learning so much more through Duolingo because it is so fun for him.
Art for Kids Hub – Learn how to draw. <– Daniel is only allowed on this when Robert and I are supervising. We do not let him watch YouTube or KidsTube on his own for safety reasons.
You can find Daniel and I in the kitchen cooking up a storm quite often.
This is one of our favorite ways to spend quality time together. Since we have more time, we have learned to make several treats from scratch and have dug into my mom’s recipes. Have your kids help you cook or bake. They will enjoy it, and it will be a skill they will have for the rest of their life. Don’t worry, it may get a little messy, but it makes for great memories.
We have also ordered out one or two meals on the weekend as a treat for our family to maintain a little bit of normalcy and to support the local businesses.
I know that COVID-19 has been bad around the world and has affected many people losing their lives, loved ones, and jobs. While the enemy has been trying to destroy us, God is working on our behalf. We have heard many stories of people being healed. Families have more quality time then ever and are being restored. People are facetiming each other or making phone calls rather than sending out a simple text. As the restrictions are lifted slowly, we are going to appreciate everyone so much more.
What has your quarantine looked like? How can we be praying for you and your family? Drop a comment below or feel free to write us in our contact form.