Sunday, August 22, 2010

Not Back to School Blog Hop: Day-in-the-Life Week

Homeschooling is our lifestyle, so it is hard to write a regular blog in which I seek to be real and leave it out entirely. If you are against homeschooling, do not homeschool or are not interested in our version of homeschooling, you may want to skip the following  post:

Show us, tell us – video, photograph or narrate – a day in your homeschool. This is our chance to see your little class’s personality.

I've been having issues with my camera, which is why I totally skipped last week's blog hop post. You all will have to put up with narration today. Just thought I'd warn you in case you want to skip this one! :-)

My alarm goes off, and I get up to make coffee for my husband, make his breakfast, and pack his lunch. By the time he leaves, I have only a half an hour before the next alarm will go off...the one in my children's room. I sit down to spend some time with the Lord.

Before I know it, I hear the patter of feet in the room above me. They consult their "Day Charts"--the kindergartner's in pictures, the third-grader's in words. It tells them what chores to do. I greet them as they go from room to room, getting dressed, brushing teeth, emptying trash and bringing the laundry to the basement laundry room for me to boot. I help with the two-year-old's dressing and prepare breakfast.

We eat, clean up the kitchen, then meet on the couch for family worship. It is short and sweet--just singing a hymn, sometimes with piano accompaniment by the third-grader, then praying together for the kids' requests and their individual character goals for the day (to be obedient, kind, etc.).

Then, we meet at the dining room table for Bible with the two "schoolers". The two-year-old colors for about 2 minutes, then decides to roam around the room. When Bible is over, the third-grader takes her "seatwork" up to her desk in her room while I do Beginnings with the kindergartner and try to include the two-year-old as much as possible. By the time she comes back down, we are about done. If not, she helps with the lesson.

The boys (my kindergartner and two-year-old) go up to play in their room while I check seatwork, do English, Reading, Spelling and Handwriting with the third-grader (my daughter).

When she is done, we take a chore break. I fold the laundry we started earlier in the day. During the school year, we break up the household chores so depending on what day it is, we work together to clean the bathroom, kitchen or do the vacuuming, etc.

When we are done, it is usually lunch time, so we eat and clean up. One day a week, we go to the library and piano lesson after lunch. The other days, we play outside and/or have read aloud time. In the next two months, we will be adding art and gym away from home, so this will factor in somewhere between 10:30 and 2:30 on two other days a week.

When we come back in, it's the third-grader's time to play with the two-year-old while I do Math with the kindergartner. When we're done with that, the two-year-old goes down for his nap and the kindergartner gets "screen time"--either kid's xbox games or computer games. I then have a quiet house (for the most part) to do math and heritage studies with the third-grader.

When she's done with all her work, she and I get our "quiet time". She usually chooses reading or computer games, and I have my own computer time.

When the little one wakes up, the boys clean up their room and set the table for supper while the third-grader practices piano and I get supper ready.

We eat supper when Daddy gets home. We clean up and the kids play with Daddy while I get the next days' lessons ready, finish blogging, and the other hundred tasks that need done to prepare for the next day.

The kids get their baths, then we read a chapter (or two or three) from a book and have prayer. After tuck-ins and cuddles, I get my bath and read in bed until my own lights out time.

Of course, this is the way our day is supposed to go and does about 1/3 of the time--and we only just started the school year! :-) Last week, these events were punctuated by a lunch time birthday party, a couple long discipline sessions, and uncooperative or fussy kids during school time, just to name a few things! But such is the luxury homeschoolers have: flexibility. We just hope we don't bend so much that we break! :-)

To see some other homeschoolers' days, visit here.


  1. Great "Day in the Life"! Homeschoolers have so much fun and are so creative :) ...and flexibility is the key to success.

    Thanks for sharing and have a very enjoyable 2010-2011 school year!

  2. I love finding new blogs~ I am your newest follower! I enjoyed reading a day in your life- pictures or not! We love a schedule, but our day rarely follows exactly as planned!

  3. Sounds like a lovely day. I love the quiet times you have tucked in throughout your day. Thanks for sharing.