A few days ago Candy shared with you what her daily homeschooling schedule might look like. Since you’ve heard me share a time or two that we homeschool as well, I thought I’d give you an idea of how things operate over at our place…
Homeschooling day by day is quite an experience over here – no two days look the same! With three children who have various and sundry interests, commitments and education levels, when you throw in outside lessons, classes and work (paid work; the kids’ – not mine) it can get a little loopy here some days 🙂
But it keeps us all on our toes, and necessarily aware of what everyone is involved in!
Rather than a daily schedule, we have a day-to-day schedule. As I pointed out, no 2 days are the same ’round these parts… I’ll describe in an upcoming post how we use some outside activities as part of our educational requirements, but those often do not happen daily. Our oldest child-at-home started a job at Chick-fil-A over the summer and won’t have his license until December, so that keeps me running a bit. Two days a week we have piano lessons for the youngest 2, the boys have Karate, and our daughter has dance.
As I started to work on our schedule over the summer, I realized it was gonna get pretty complicated. We had some changes coming up that necessitated me getting creative with putting it all down! So I downloaded a free calendar online, and got to work.
Actually, it might be a little more interesting to show my results to you…
This is our Chick-fil-A employee 😉 He takes his Spanish, English and History classes over at the local college (more driving* for me). All our classes on Friday are at a local co-op, which is about a 15-minute drive from our house. They take all their school books with them and study during their non-class times. Ok, they do quite a bit of “visiting” with their friends, too! 😉
*Ya’ know, I can’t really complain about the driving, though. Those few minutes in the car, one-on-one with my son, have become sweet and precious. I just LOVE spending time with my kids. I know too well that in a blink-of-an-eye it’ll be gone, and I’ll be left wishing I had “just a few” more rides in the car with them…
This is our younger son’s schedule, and it’s similar to our daughter’s, but her classes are earlier on Fridays. On Tuesday afternoon, we add dance for her, and all 3 are off to Wednesday night youth group. On Thursday evenings, we add Scouts and AHG for them all.
Last year when I made their schedule I actually scheduled their study times for each subject – talk about micro-managing! You might guess that was a TOTAL flop :-/ This year I just penciled in study blocks, which is working so much better! They look at their classes and see which ones need more effort or time, and adjust from there. So far, so good 🙂
Update: Since writing this post, I’ve been introduced to a great new online planner, which I’m using with wonderful results! Read all about it here.
Surprisingly, we still eat dinner together most nights. Wednesdays and Thursdays get a bit hairy, but other than that, it’s one of our family values to eat meals together, whenever possible. I just love the conversation and laughs and lessons that go on ’round our table…
So that’s what OUR days look like! When I’m not helping the kids or they’re not using my computer, I’m writing or working on wedding plans or helping other homeschoolers or clearing out my inbox, or on Pinterest or Facebook, mostly in that order. Oh yeah, and my sweet mother-in-law lives a short block away, so I try to squirrel-in time with her whenever I can… We all love Grammie!
Yeah, we’re pretty busy…but we love our life, it (mostly) keeps us out of trouble, and we’re all learning how to support and encourage each other as we go…
Now it’s your turn! What does your school day look like? We’d love to read about it in the comments below!
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