Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with an 11-, 12-, & 13-year-old)

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

Remember that our Homeschool Day in the Life link-up will be on Monday, March 6th–have you written your post yet?! Check out last year’s here for ideas.

When we first began homeschooling eight years ago, the idea of continuing to do so in the teen years freaked me out!

But it turns out that as littles become bigs, mamas still have a hunch what those growing bodies and minds need most–just like we did when they were babes. It isn’t quite so scary after all.

It will help you understand our day if you know a bit about these babes of mine:

  • Trishna (13), joined our family in 2007 via adoption at the age of four from India; she has a visual impairment and developmental delays
  • Jonathan (12), joined our family in 2004 as our biological son
  • Elijah (11), joined our family in 2005 via adoption at the age of six months from Liberia after nearly dying from malaria; he has developmental delays and is still working on his reading fluency

A homeschool day in the life

Here’s what our homeschool day looked like on Monday, February 13, 2017:
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Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with a 10- & 12-year-old)


Written by Kara S. Anderson

When I first began homeschooling, no one told me that February was going to make me feel like nothing was working.

It actually took years until I learned about the “February Slump,” wherein everything feels dark and cold, and you start to wonder if your kids wouldn’t be better off just working in a coal mine.

Last year, we went to Florida in February. I recommend that – something about bringing home a suitcase full of sand makes the next 25 days so much easier.

This year, I woke up one day with a weird pain in my jaw that made it hard for me to do basic things like talk and chew. The not-talking I could handle, but the not-chewing? THAT made me hard to be around.

And so, we muddled through for a few weeks until a nice man in a mask gave me a root canal. I never thought I would be so grateful for anything as I was for having my roots canaled (or whatever it is they do in there – I don’t want to think about it.)

It turns out, not being able to homeschool the “regular way” led us to some new resources and ideas, and the whole thing turned out to be a blessing.

A homeschool day in the life

So today, I share with you a day when we took homeschooling off-road; a day when we had to get a little creative.

You know what? It worked out just fine!

One quick note: This brief experience made me remember this podcast episode with Melissa Wiley and Pam Barnhill where Melissa talks about “tidal schooling” and what that looks like for her family.

It reminded me to see this difficult few weeks as a season, and to not add guilt to the mix!

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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.

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Purva’s Homeschool Day In the Life (with a 4-, 7- & 8-year old)

Purva's Homeschool Day In the Life (with a 4-, 7- & 8-year old)Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

have a confession. I like Mondays. And considering that I am writing this on a Monday morning at 6:01, this is the perfect place to start telling you about our typical day.

But first, let me tell you about Mondays. I cherish Mondays, always looking forward to them.

I love the sense of order that comes over the home when everyone is involved in something meaningful. Gone is the laziness of the weekend, the haphazardness of schedules, the random snacking instead of set mealtimes, the overindulgence in screen time.

Monday mornings bring us back on track. Sigh. There is such beauty in the hope of a new week.

Purva's homeschool life in the day

So that little peak into Mondays should tell you a little bit about my personality and how we structure our days.

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Melissa’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 3-, 6-,9-,10-,13-, and 16-year-old)

Melissa's Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 3-, 6-,9-,10-,13-, and 16-year-old)Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins

I always feel a little nervous sitting down to write these day-in-the-life posts. I’m never sure which parts of our day you’ll want to hear about! And will you wonder why my three-year-old is changing into her fourth outfit since breakfast? Because I do not have an answer to that question.

My sixteen-year-old daughter was asked to describe her days recently. She wrote this:

I make breakfast for myself and one of my younger brothers, then do half an hour of yoga. After that, I do my schoolwork—I’m a lifelong unschooler, I manage my own workload and have a lot of say in what I study—and spend an hour outdoors. When I’ve finished, I’m free for the day.

Three sentences, friends. My run-through is going to be somewhat longer and will include far more parentheses.
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