The following is a post written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.
Three and a half years into our homeschooling journey, our family has definite routines in place — even though every day looks a little bit different around here.
5:45 — I wake up, pull on workout clothes, and head downstairs to make coffee. When my cup is ready, I go straight to my writing desk and pop open my laptop. My best time for focused writing is before dawn, when the kids are asleep and Will’s at the gym.
7:00 — Will gets home and I go for a run. I like quiet If I’m still mulling over my writing; otherwise I listen to music or podcasts.
7:30 — The next 90 minutes are awhirl with activity: I start making breakfast for anyone who’s awake, kiss my husband goodbye, shower and get myself ready for the day, and help the kids get dressed.
9:00 — Our mother’s helper arrives. She starts in on the dishes and laundry, then sits down to read a book with Silas while I do math with the older kids. As they finish their math, they begin rotating through their computer work (typing and Rosetta Stone German) and their one-on-one reading and writing time with me. (Except for my 8-year-old, who loves to do her reading and writing with our mother’s helper.)
When that’s wrapped up, we do a Latin lesson to finish off our core work.
11:00 — Most of the time, our formal school day -– when I give supervised instruction -– is finished around lunch time, but on Mondays I sneak upstairs to my desk or over to the library to put in a focused 60-90 minutes of work while our mother’s helper supervises reading time, play time, and lunch.
1:00 — After lunch we say goodbye to our mother’s helper and head outside for a bit. I try to head outside, too — especially during the cooler months. Mama needs her fresh air and sunshine, too.
1:30 — We have our daily “rest time.” Nobody naps anymore, so this time is for quiet, independent play (and maybe a little screen time). The older kids also spend some time reading Good Books during this period.
This is work time for me. I’ve learned this isn’t a great time for focused work, but it’s perfect for responding to blog comments, checking social media, and knocking small tasks off my to-do list. I also try to refresh my introverted soul by spending 20-30 minutes reading.
3:15 — Time to grab a snack and head outside for a few minutes.
Out and about
3:45 — Activity time. My girls are both in ballet, but not quite at the same time. They both like to get to class early so they have plenty of time to visit with their friends. We drop off my 8-year-old, then run to Trader Joe’s for our weekly grocery shopping.
5:00 — We drop my 6-year-old at ballet, and the boys and I head home to start dinner, play outside (the kids), and blitz email (me). This is also a good time for me to play games with my oldest, or read stories with my 3-year-old.
7:00 — Will arrives home with the girls. After everyone has time to change their clothes and put away their things, we sit down for family dinner. If the weather’s nice we’ll take a walk afterwards; if it’s not we’ll hang out, work on projects, and read stories.
8:00 — Time to put on pajamas and get bedtime snack. (Even though we just finished dinner, my kids think it’s impossible to go to bed without it.) Then we tuck the kids in bed and read a few more stories.
8:30 — Lights out for the kids, then it’s time for the grown-ups to tidy-up and wind down. I used to get writing done after the kids went to bed, but this past year they’ve started going to bed later, making any work time darn near impossible if I’m going to get to bed at a decent hour.
Occasionally one of us has work to wrap up, but ideally, Will and I chat, read, occasionally watch something (can’t wait for Downton!), and turn the lights out by 10:00.
This is crucial, because if the lights don’t go out early I can’t wake up early to do it again the next day!
And I want to do it again the next day.
Do your homeschool days all look the same? Or is each one a little bit different, like ours are?