.....goes something like this. I get up at around 5.30 am to prepare breakfast and pack the lunchboxes. The children get up around 6 am and get ready for school. The transport arrives around 6.30 am. They go, two by two, the boys in one vehicle and the girls in another. Their father gets up only after they go and leaves around 8.30 am and from then until lunchtime my time is more or less my own. My blogging and writing, reading and of course housework must be done when they are out because when they are around, there isn't much time.
They come in at lunchtime, take their lunch, change their clothes and rest and start their studies. Around 6 pm they go and play in the nearby park if they want to. There are other children playing there too. After an hour they come home, have something to eat and study until dinner time. After dinner they finish their homework, pack their bags and get ready for school the next morning. This is the routine from Monday to Saturday, although the three younger children have two Saturdays a month off.