When I started our homeschool journey back in 1996, our first year included: a teacher’s desk (complete with a mini-American flag), a student-sized desk, number and ABC charts along the wall, a dry erase board with a multitude of colored markers, a year-end kindergarten “graduation” and open house, and a tightly bound schedule.
By April of that year, my son and I were both ready to quit. He had no desire to learn and my desire to
wrestle him into learning mode teach him was nil! Enter: Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling. That simple, 228 page book set me free from the “public school at home” mentality and gave me the ability to cater my teaching to my son’s learning style AND to change things up if needed.
I’m so thankful that I learned the lesson of flexibility early in our homeschool career. The following decades included one of our children battling a life-altering illness and my journey through breast cancer. To say that “flexibility” was needed in our homeschool days would be a gross understatement!
A quick fast forward to present day finds two of my kiddos already out of school (one is a police officer and the other is a college student) and the other two in 9th and 7th grades.
Although every year looks slightly different, this is has been my typical day for a couple of years now:
4:55-5:30 Get hubby ready for work (breakfast, pack lunch, etc.) and that 1st cup of coffee 🙂
6:00-7:30 Personal computer work (blog and part-time work for the Feingold Association)
7:30-9:00 Oldest child starts school (We read together, go over the day’s assignments, & I work one-on-one with him as needed.)
9:00-12:00 Younger child is up and has started assignments by 9. I’m helping each child as needed and continuing to work on computer when it’s available.
12:00-1:00 Lunch break, straightening up/chores, miscellaneous down-time
1:00 – until… The kids work until assignments are done. This varies depending on the depth of assignments and if they decide to work on projects that aren’t directly related to their book work – usually crafts, sewing, or baking for the youngest and designing/making fishing lures or researching fishing techniques for my high schooler. In earlier years, I would actively incorporate their interests into their lessons, but as they’ve gotten older I’ve felt that they need to understand that learning and responsibility don’t always cater to their interests…Following their own creative nature is encouraged (and can be very educational), but it doesn’t negate the need to do the other, less “fun” stuff.
That’s it in a nutshell!
BUT, that schedule is likely to be changing up a bit soon as I’m starting college and will have my own assignments to complete. We started our school year in July to allow for a couple of weeks off if needed to find and adjust to our new normal. Once again, I’m thankful for the flexibility that schooling at home affords!
What does your day look like? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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