Homeschooling is not a one-size-fits-all lifestyle. Every family has different needs and goals, so no two homeschooling families’ days will look the same–nor should they! Even so, I always love hearing about what moms actually do all day as they educate their kids, and I thought you might like a peek into an average day in the life of my homeschool.
Definitely bear in mind that I only have two kids and no babies or toddlers, so my days will look a lot different than yours if you’re nursing, chasing a mischievous two-year-old, or teaching a wider range of ages! I’m also fortunate to have a second child who loves doing written, workbook-type work, so it’s been easy to fold her into the school routine.
(The times are very approximate. We mostly just go from one thing to the next until we’re done with the work for the day.)
8:30 Memory Work and Read-aloud on the Couch
We got off to a late start today, because my kids were playing a raucous game of “indoor baseball,” and I wanted them to get as much exercise as possible before I stopped them. Once they were finally dressed and ready, we got settled on the couch.
My kids and I start the day with something we might otherwise neglect (memory work) and something we all enjoy thoroughly (reading aloud). For memory work, we review Bible verses, hymns, poetry, and Classical Conversations material. Then, I read aloud a poem or two, a picture book, and a couple of selections from the fabulous Ambleside Year 2 booklist. Elizabeth usually gets bored about halfway through, so on a good day, she colors or puts together a puzzle. (On bad days, she whines in a heap on the floor. Happily, today was a good day!)
9:30 Workboxes in the School Room
After read-aloud, we move into our school room and the kids tackle reading, writing, and math. My kids get very distracted if they’re sitting together, so I have them sit across the room from each other at their own tables.
I use rolling carts to organize the kids’ assignments and show them which ones I’ll work with them on. (Check out the Workbox System for more info on this—I find the method a little overly structured, but a more low-key version works really well for us.)
My kids do half of their assignments and then we take a break. This morning, Henry (laboriously!) copied six words in cursive, practiced identifying some states, and did a math lesson with me. Elizabeth read a phonics reader with me and did a page of phonics practice. Then, she cut out and played with an adorable craft from My Book Of Easy Crafts. She absolutely loves this book.
10:00 Snack and Free Time
I try to get my kids outside halfway through the morning, but it’s not happening with the cold this week. Today, we just had a few crackers and then skipped right to our science experiment.
10:15 Hands-on Activity: Science
After concentrating on written work, the kids need some hands-on and fun learning time. I try to rotate among art projects, life skills like sewing and baking, geography puzzles, and science experiments. Right now, we’re on a roll with our new chemistry curriculum (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey) so we’ve been doing chemistry every day.
Today, the lesson was modeling atoms, with different types of marshmallows for the protons, neutrons, and electrons. I’m bummed I forgot to take a picture of this, but you can probably imagine the sticky-fingered children and marshmallows everywhere!
11:00 Back to Workboxes in the School Room
Last, the kids finish up the second half of their written assignments. I usually do part of a spelling lesson with Henry, then he does a math drill sheet on his own and reads independently. Elizabeth did some stamping today, then we did her math lesson based on a Kumon money book. (Yet another awesome book from Kumon. Elizabeth is between levels of our usual math curriculum right now, so I’m using this workbook as a bit of a change for her.)
11:30 Done with School for the Day!
I usually try to make sure we’re done with “official” school before lunch. Thursday afternoons are our busy days, so after lunch we headed off to gymnastics and piano.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into a day in the life of my homeschool! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about our routines or any of the resources I use. I’ll be posting more about the math curriculum I use soon.