About Alicia Hutchinson

Teaching her kids gives her purpose and life and so Alicia likes to share that enthusiasm with others on her blog, and with her online courses at Learning Well Community. When she's not homeschooling her kids, you might find her painting her living room (again), taking pictures, convincing herself it's a good idea to go to the gym, or reading. Probably just reading.

Alicia’s homeschool day in the life (with a 3-, 8-, 11-, & 14-year-old)


Written by Alicia Hutchinson of Learning Well

A day in the life is almost a funny thought. When someone asks, what does a typical day look like for you? I don’t even know what to say—they all look different. What does typical even mean?

I have four kids. I am teaching one to drive and use a debit card and teaching another one to not hold her bladder too long or she’ll have an accident.

I call this bipolar parenting. Maybe you know what I mean.

Things around here used to be more tightened up. We used to have a solid routine. When my kids were smaller and taking naps and going to Storytime every Tuesday morning and I was religiously going to the grocery store every single Friday, our routine was like Big Ben. You could set your watch on our routine.

These days? Not so much. Tides turn. Seasons change.

Honestly, this has been hard for me. I liked our routine. But I’ve found that sitting down each Sunday afternoon to sketch out our week, looking at each day and making a loose plan for each of them helps my brain immensely.

A homeschool day in the life

It also helps my brain to time block my days into five blocks—early morning, morning, early afternoon, later afternoon, and evening.

These blocks aren’t rigid, they’re more like rolling suggestions. They don’t have times attached in concrete, but they help me function and keep our days on track (ish).

So, based on these blocks, here’s what a “typical” (big air quotes here) day looks like for us.

[Read more…]