A Day In The Life Of Our Homeschool

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Over the past school year I have had so many people ask me what our typical day to day schooling looks like in our home.  We have done a lot of different things over the years and I feel like this past year we finally found our groove – what works for our family.

Overall we follow more of a flow schedule than a hardcore timed schedule. We tried a timed schedule in the past and it just didn’t work for our family.  We also don’t school year round anymore. We may go back to it one day but this year we decided to take all of June and July off and I’ve gotta say we’re all loving it!  I remember summers growing up as a time of rest and fun and while school years can be full of rest and fun there is something to be said about having some time off where you don’t have to have something planned out.

I have two children. One going into 4th grade and one going into 1st.  This past school year I started writing down their assignments for the entire week in a notebook.  They checked off each task as they finished and if they chose to they were allowed to move ahead to their assignments for the next day.  They are allowed to do their assignments in any order unless there is a specified task that I’ve asked them to start with.  Some things we work on together so we decide on a time to do those once the day has begun.  They are allowed to start when they are ready but must be started by 9 am.  My oldest is an early riser and would sometimes wake at 6 and get started by 6:30.  I started doing this for a couple of reasons.

  1. I want them to become as independent as possible.
  2. I want them to understand how to manage their time.
  3. I want them to have some control over their day.
  4. I want them to know what to expect for the week.
  5. I want them to see what they accomplish in a day.

This simple change of writing down the assignments and allowing them to check it off was a game changer. GAME. CHANGER.

Here is an example of my 1st graders assignment book.  IMG_5178

 

We are a part of Classical Conversations so one day a week we are at our community day. That puts us schooling at home 4 days a week.  I have to say that the community aspect of CC is what drew us in. I enjoy the classical method and my kids are enjoying it but the community is the real deal breaker. Our community is full of wonderful parents and kids. It’s a treat for us to spend one day a week schooling with our community.

The following is a loose schedule we follow the 4 days a week we school at home. During those days there are a few subjects we do everyday: Math, Reading, Spelling, CC memory work. We do science and handwriting 3 days a week.

  • 6 am – 8 am Breakfast and get ready for the day
  • 6 am – 8 am: Get out assignment notebooks to see what they are doing.
  • 9 am: Start school work.
  • 12 pm: Eat lunch. During lunch I read to them or we play mad libs or listen to a book.
  • 1 pm: Oldest finishes assignments after lunch if he isn’t done.
  • 2 pm: Chores
  • 3 pm – 6:30 pm: Free time
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner
  • After Dinner: Family time
  • 8 pm to 8:30 pm: Sleep

My oldest will be going into the Essentials program of CC this next year so that may change our daily work a bit but not sure how just yet.  I may have to revise the above schedule to make it work better for us.  That’s one of the great things about homeschooling – the flexibility.  Having the freedom to change up our days based on my kids individual needs. One of the many reasons I love homeschooling!!!

 

 

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Pocket Microscope

My husband recently bought this pocket microscope as a gift for my son’s 9th birthday.  I have ALWAYS wanted a microscope, so I knew without a doubt that I would homeschool it- that is use it for all the homeschool things 🙂

The great thing about this microscope is that it literally fits in your hand and it is easy for little hands to use.  We have used it to look at objects around the house as well as outside. My favorite thing we’ve looked at so far is the little ant that decided to hitch a ride home in my picnic bag.

You can buy this pocket microscope here.