Jan 15, 2018

This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning


Welcome to the second week of The 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair! The Fair is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and last week we discussed Why We Homeschool. If you missed it, go check it out! This week we are talking about How We Homeschool. Since we don't follow a specific method (we strongly lean toward Charlotte Mason but we mostly US School) I thought the easiest way to tell you how we get 'er done is just to let you have a peek into an actual homeschool day.


Before we get started, I need to give you some disclaimers...

1. I left out most of the goriest part of our day, I didn't add all the arguments about how hard their work is, why they have to do it, who stole whose pencil, how can they possibly be expected to stop playing with Lego and do math, and no, that answer is not a typo, you are just plain wrong so go and do the work over again... While a few of those might serve as entertaining and informational to you, there are way too many to include and it would take you forever to read. Assume they are there. Add your own children's voices and arguments because they probably aren't too different from mine. Or leave them out and enjoy the peace and quiet...

2. These are highlights. Again, I didn't add every detail but tried to give you enough information for you to get the gist without boring you to tears.

3. This was the first day back from break, so it went much more smoothly than days actually go. All their stuff was gathered so no one lost valuable time looking for the perfect eraser that they JUST HAD. Everyone was at peak engagement because they had had several weeks off of routine and my kids thrive on routine. And finally, they saw me taking notes and were therefor on their best behavior. My blog comes in handy sometimes.

4. The times are pretty general. We don't work by the clock, but more by hard stops. We have classes and places to be every single afternoon so we attempt to get our work done by 12:30. Sometimes we are more successful than others. But our method is to just start as soon as we can each morning and work hard until we are finished with the day's allotment. (Sometimes we run out of so much time that we drop a subject or two and hope we make it up at the end of the year.)

5. I didn't put in all of the questions. Because there are tons of questions and I don't even remember them all. I also didn't put in all of the rabbit trail conversations that honestly drive me crazy but are actually supposed to be a perk of homeschooling. My kids don't know how to learn without talking so it takes place pretty much non stop.


7 am My alarm goes off. I put on socks, grab my phone and water bottle and go to the living room where I read/ mommy basket/ quiet time/ whatever you want to call it. This is probably the only time I will get all day that is not prone to interruption.

7:15 to 7:30 Somewhere in here the little guy that we babysit (Langston) shows up. He and I usually hang out and chat a little bit. He is quite entertaining and I never know what he will say. Today, we talk about what Santa brought him and the fact that when he is seven years old I will no longer be able to lift him up because he will be too big. He also tells me that tomorrow he will be five. This is a bald untruth. He has been asserting this fact since his last birthday which was about a month ago. He will not be five for a long time, but he will not be swayed by facts. I no longer argue the point, my sanity is worth more than being right.

7:30 to 7:45 L and I put the dogs outside and then he "helps" me make breakfast. I make eggs for my husband and I and oatmeal for L, although sometimes he wants toast instead.

8:00 to 8:15 I wake up the kids and check to make sure the husband is up and moving around. It usually takes awhile to get all of them up and moving... we are not morning people around here.


8:30 School starts (In theory. See part above about not being morning people, some days we are more "on time" than others.) The kids make their own breakfast ( toast, cereal, oatmeal, etc) and bring it to the table, they eat as I start reading. We start with what we call "Morning School". We do the same basic things every day but not necessarily in the same order. We start with Bible reading and go from there. We sing hymns, read an historical fiction book, read from Mystery of History,  work on memorizing poems and Scripture passages, do art study, etiquette, or history of the Bible, and finish up with three rousing rounds of wrap ups!

9:30 When Morning School is over, the kids clear off the table and disappear to get ready for the day. They are supposed to dress, do their daily "grooming", and generally get their affairs in order before school starts. I take this time to do a little bit of a workout, make sure my planner is filled out and that I am also ready for for school.

9:45 (or so) As the kids are finished getting ready they return and grab their school boxes. These boxes contain all the books and binders they need on a daily basis. They also keep a pencil box in there full of whatever tools they require: pencils, pens, erasers, sticky notes, calculators for the high school kids, etc. With their boxes they settle at the table or in the living room or at the bar with the computer and get started. They have a list of the subjects they are required to do each day (We have a Mon/Wed and Tue/Thur schedule as well as some things they do daily, like math. We do not do school on Fridays.)

Kaytie always starts with Fix It! Grammar. She marks up her sentences and then comes to me to check/ correct her work together. By the time she is finished, Nate has settled into working on math, Daniel is doing coding on the computer and Abbie has marked up her grammar sentences and is ready for my help.


10:00 Kaytie moves on to quickly and efficiently complete her assignments in Power in Your Hands, Around the World in 180 Days, and Characters in Crisis which she brings to me to check and correct when she is done. These are her favorite subjects and she does them completely independently. I just grade the work when she is done.

Meanwhile, I am helping Nate with math questions, watching Langston color and snack on graham crackers and going over Daniel and Abbie's grammar sentences and teaching them a quick spelling lesson.

10:30 When Nate finishes his math, he hands in the worksheet for me to check and starts reading his Biology textbook. He likes to read the interesting bits aloud for the rest of us to enjoy. By this time, Daniel is studying geology on the computer and Abbie is reading her literature book in the living room. Langston has gone outside to roam around the backyard.


11:00 Kaytie does a little Bible journaling and quickly completes the day's allotment of Biology and Spanish homework. She starts on her math, but is almost immediately overwhelmed and confused. She Facebook calls her math tutor and is soon bursting with understanding, at least until tomorrow. She finishes her work about noon and fixes herself and Langston lunch.

11:30 When Nate has read his Biology, he corrects his math, reads his literature book, does Bible journaling, and completes Spanish homework. He finishes up by 12:30 and grabs a quick lunch.

12:30 By this time, Daniel has started on his math. Abbie has enjoyed her science (she does Easy Peasy Zoology and is loving it!). When she finishes, she also starts on math.

12:45 I load the big kids in the car and drive them to their Spanish class. By the time I return, Daniel and Abbie have their math ready for me to check and are eating lunch. Daniel reads his literature book while he eats.

1:15 I finally have the kids' math papers checked and handed back to them to correct. I take the time to eat lunch and read a few blogs/ goof off on Facebook/ read email.


1:45 I recheck the kids' math. We work on Geography. Today we are watching videos on Greenland. We learn that the top temperatures in Greenland in the summer are about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Since it is currently 54 degrees outside, I send the kids out to feel what a summer heatwave in Greenland feels like. We also watch a video about narwhals, which makes Abbie decide that she needs to draw a picture of a narwhal, which she does. Daniel and Langston meanwhile go off to play and I start thinking about the IEW class that I will be teaching later.

2:40 I go to pick up the big kids from Spanish. As soon as we get home, it's a mad rush to make the house at least semi-presentable before the kids show up for writing class.

3:30 Kaytie hustles Langston off to play in the bedroom while I teach the other three kids and three friends an IEW lesson. Today we are starting reports and learn way more about humpback whales than I ever wanted to know.

4:40 Writing class is over (we ran late because we had a lot to cover) and the kids are picked up. I get to chat with one of the moms a little which is always nice. :)

5:00 Nate has finished up his Geography and I have checked it. He hustles off to start supper (he's our cook these days) the other kids help out/ read/ play and I take a moment to breathe a little bit. Our school day is over and I am ready for a calm evening and an early bedtime. Only I don't get that because I wind up having to run an errand while the boys are at Scouts. Once we are all home again, the kids do dishes and we think about bed...

So that is the basics of our day. Mondays are our busiest/longest day usually the kids get more free time in the afternoons to pursue their own interests (guitar, drawing, writing, building, playing outside, Lego, whatever).

What do my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about their Homeschool Method? Go visit them to find out!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.
How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Give Us.... by Annette @ A Net in Time
A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace
Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Overhauling Our Homeschool - Adjusting our "How" to fit our "Why" by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy
So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Methods � 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset


Annette said...

it's always nice to read day in the life posts. You have a very full day with your youngsters.

Lori said...

Thanks for taking a few minutes to share about your daily schedule. I find it encouraging to read what others are doing and it gives me some good food for thought on our own schedule. - Lori


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