Archives for January 2011

Weekend Links and an Invitation

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Have you been enjoying our Homeschool Day in the Life Series? I hope so–because today I want to invite you to participate, too! Here’s how:
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Sarah’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 10-,13-year-old, & a Graduate)

Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

When asked to discuss my daily homeschooling schedule, there is only one thing I can say for sure:

Each year is different, and every day within each year is different.

But first, let me introduce my family. We are in our eleventh year of homeschooling. This year I have a 4th grade son and an 8th grade daughter at home, and our oldest son is in his freshman year at college. (Yes, we homeschooled all the way through. You really can do it!)

I think of us as relaxed homeschoolers with a goal of college for all of our kids.

We are the kind of homeschooling family that is frequently not at home. For 22 weeks of the year, we have enrichment classes through our local support group on Mondays. My kids take a variety of classes for five hours each Monday, including science, Bible, writing, literature, yearbook, geography, and other classes.

On Tuesdays for 24 weeks of the year, my kids attend a performing arts co-op in the afternoon. And on Thursdays for about 14 weeks of each year, we have a full afternoon of scouting (Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls). We also enjoy a couple of field trips each month, although those are lessening as my kids get older.

One could say that leaves Wednesday and Friday as regular, at-home days. But rather than look at these outside activities as intrusions upon our homeschooling, I consider them essential elements of my kids’ education.

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Heather’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 13-year-old)

Written by Heather Bruggeman of Beauty That Moves

In response to requests from several readers, the writers of Simple Homeschool are excited to share a Homeschool Day in the Life series with you this month!

A snapshot of a typical day, from our home to yours.

As homeschoolers, we tend to celebrate our unique opportunity that allows each day to look and feel different from the last.  We like to embrace a go with the flow mindset, seeking learning opportunities and teachable moments throughout each day. Generally, homeschoolers do not like to feel confined.

However, any mother will tell you, a daily rhythm does the mind and body good.

Some children (and parents) crave this rhythm more than others. I can only speak for my family, and I will tell you – my girl’s craving is strong! As a result, there is quite a bit of routine around here and we are much better for following a structured flow to the day.

There are three distinct parts to a typical weekday in our home.
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A Homeschool Day in the Life ~ January 2011 on Simple Homeschool

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

It’s a new year and that means time for new beginnings. It seems natural to reflect–setting goals for your family and thinking about your homeschool day. It can also feel a little scary if you’re not quite sure where you need to head or how you’re going to get there.

For new homeschoolers or those transitioning into a different phase with their kids, these reflections can be especially concerning. How do I know if I’m doing this right? How much school is “enough?” Can’t I just get a glimpse into what others do during their homeschool days?
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