Archives for January 2012

Renee’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 9, 10 & 12-year-old)

Written by contributor Renee Tougas of FIMBY

The months of November and December were a planned homeschool break for us due to moving, celebrating birthdays and Christmas. We returned to our “in session” homeschool lessons and practice the Monday after New Year’s.

On that day I recorded an actual homeschool day in the life.

The first day back to a routine is not the most representative of our “typical” homeschool day. I keep our academic schedule light when we first get going and also I’m usually full of energy in the beginning of a new school term.

As my enthusiasm waxes and wanes and as we follow our individual interests our days take on unexpected twists and turns.

If I was writing this in two weeks or next month my day might look like a morning at the library followed by an afternoon immersed in books.

Or an exhausting morning of errands followed by an afternoon of documentaries and a hot bath (the first for the kids, the second for myself).

There is no typical homeschool day for our family.
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Jamie’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 6, 7, & 8-year-old)

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

When I wrote about my homeschool day last year, I had no idea that by January 2012 we would have moved to our dream house in the country.

My–how one year can change everything. I now find my children, inching ever so slowly, through the phases of learning–moving gradually from Core Phase into Love of Learning.

We have plenty of days when everything seems to fall apart. You know the ones.

But we also have golden moments, when magic happens, connections are made, and my heart swells as I think, “It’s working! It’s really working!”

This is the joy and wonder of the homeschooling lifestyle.

What follows are the nuts and bolts of how that joy and wonder play out in our home.
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Weekend Links

“Let children alone…the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions – a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose.” ~ Charlotte Mason

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Kris’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 16-, 12-, and 10-year-old)

Written by contributor Kris of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I used to think that there wasn’t any such thing as a “typical” homeschool day. However, this year, with no outside classes (currently), we seem to have settled into a fairly predictable routine.

Well, we had, anyway. With the start of the new year, my younger two kids are starting a completely new curriculum, which means that we’ll be tweaking our schedule and figuring out a new routine that works with our new curriculum.

That’s life on the edge in a homeschooling household.
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Amida’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 1, 5, 10, and 13-year-old)

Written by contributor Amida of Journey Into Unschooling

A lot of people assume that, just because we are homeschoolers, we spend the majority of our days at home. But between field trips and lessons for three kids, there are days where we are anywhere but home.

So when my son suggested we have a Stay At Home Day, I was all for it.

It happened to be rainy that day and we didn’t have anywhere to be until 6pm. We ate a leisurely breakfast before spreading out some plastic on the table in preparation for art time. I had recently learned a new technique called Visual Teaching Strategies, and wanted to test it out on the kids.

It involved showing them a picture, in our case, a Ranger Rick photo, and asking them three questions:

  • What do you see?
  • What more do you see?
  • Why do you say that?

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