Thursday, March 27, 2014

~A Typical Day~

A Typical Day in Our Homeschooling World

Is any day in life typical?? And if it always was, wouldn't life be pretty boring?

In our home, we don't aim for the 'same' everyday, but instead we aim for consistency.

Consistency helps me feel like everything is okay. That my world is somewhat under control. The house isn't crazy messy, the messages not piling up, the school work collecting dust in the corner.

I realize this is only a snapshot of where we are at as a family now. I'm sure it'll continue to change as we grow & mature in age, and experience of homeschooling.

~Our 'Aimed For' Homeschool Schedule~

7-8:00 a.m. wake up & Mommy feeds baby

8:30/9:00 a.m. breakfast & then devotions/reading time

9:30-10:00 a.m. dressed & chores 

10-12:30 p.m. school work 
English, Math, French, Aim for Science & Social Studies
Younger Ones (6 & 8 year old) Work With Mommy
Older Ones (12 & 13 year old) Work Independently

12:30-1:30 p.m. lunch & break

1:30/2-4:00 p.m. school work & when finished then free play/gym/art/music
Usually I work with older ones on their harder subjects. 

4-5:00 p.m. free play, outside time, or even cooking/baking with Mom

5:00 p.m. Supper Prep


Throughout our week we also have: group studies on different topics, field trips (usually a couple per month), art & crafts with other families, and in the warmer weather some hikes are thrown in there.

What is a typical day like in YOUR homeschool?

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  1. We don't aim for the same everyday either and sometimes I have a problem with consistency. :-) I have a checklist for each day and just try to do as much as I can on my list.

    1. That's a great system too...I so love check lists :)
      Whatever works is my motto! Thanks Clara for stopping by the blog.

  2. I write out a daily list for each subject for a week at a time. This is so Hubby can fill in and knows exactly what pages to do. Right now I don't worry too much about getting it all done because we are 6 weeks ahead of schedule. (I don't know how) Today instead of book work we played "help mommy move all the furniture around and sweep up with a broom." Our field trips specifically related to homeschool are about once a month.

    Love your blog. So refreshing and genuine.

    1. Thanks Julie :)
      Love how you are planning so far in advance...just read with our kids this morn how "the plans of the diligent lead to prosperity..." It really goes much better when we at least have a general sense of where we plan to go in our homeschools (whatever method, style, or books we use to get there!!!)

    2. It's rather simple really. Her books have a guide that says "x-number of pages should be completed each week to finish the book in a 36 week period." Some pages are too easy so we add in one or two more, it just depends. I write it out on Thursdays for the following week. I make adjustments as necessary day by day. The biggest thing we do is we don't take breaks like public school. No long winter break, no Spring Break, and no Summer Break. We do less but not completely stop. We still read, practice handwriting, and some math. She needs the routine or she will drive herself and us crazy. This method creates a staggered effect of where she is grade wise, but is also more appropriate for her.

  3. A typical day, (or maybe I should say, what we aim for each day), goes something like this:
    School work in the morning.
    After lunch we do chores.
    Once chores are done it's time for the kids to go outside, (and sometimes Mom does too)
    The rest of the day is basically free time, with kids helping Mom or Dad if they are asked to.
    After supper is usually family time. We play games, watch a show or read together.
    Most days it does work like this. But the beauty of homeschooling is that if it doesn't work one day, that's okay :) We can be flexible ;)

    1. I love that flexibility too! Thanks for sharing your day with us...hopefully readers can see that everyone in homeschooling is able to tailor it their family's individualized needs :)

  4. Now that we're looking at preschool for my oldest son, I'm thinking a lot about homeschool. I'm far from impressed with the public school system. Although I love the idea of homeschooling, my toddler is a socialite. How do you deal with play with kids their own age? (stopping by from the Sunday linky).

    1. I hear you...that was my number one concern as well. My kids are also social butterflies (like their Mama here!) and we wanted to make sure we weren't isolating ourselves, by choosing to homeschool.

      So to combat this we:

      -have joined a few local homeschooling support groups

      -weekly try to get out at least once (usually much more than that though! this week for example: tomorrow aft we're swimming, wed a homeschool learning hike, thurs our unit study with area homeschoolers in the morn)

      -in nicer weather we interact with our neighbours, friends & fellow homeschoolers a LOT! Walks after school work is done, traveling to the library, etc.

      That's the great thing about homeschool, the flexibility it offers each family :)

      Just an FYI: I'm working on a HUGE round up list for those 'considering homeschool' with some other great bloggers. Watch for it coming in the a few weeks :)

  5. I think it must take a very organized person to homeschool. Even with flexibility there is so much to accomplish. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am pinning this!

  6. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky last week. I am catching up since we were on Spring Break. My older two sons are in public school but I am thinking of homeschooling my 4 year old for his pre-k year. I love seeing schedules that work for people, it helps me figure outa schedule too. Hope you link up again this week, linky 14 is live!



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