Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8- & 11-year-old)

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Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

A few months ago, someone asked me if my kids ever don’t want to do school.

I smiled, because that was the type of question I wondered about early on, when I didn’t really know any homeschoolers.

I kind of knew one, and she was sort of mean. I was scared to ask her anything, because one time another mom asked her if her son could have the blue cup and she snapped: “We don’t do that here.” I knew then that the best course of action was just to run for my life.

So instead of asking her my homeschooling questions I took to the Internet, which was a huge mistake. Because the Internet has everything on it and that can be a bit overwhelming.

A homeschool day in the life 2016

You read the blogs – doesn’t it feel sometimes like everyone else has it figured out?

I want to tell you that I don’t. There are definitely days when my kids just don’t want to do school.

There are resources we have tried that people swear by, and one or all of us hates it.

There are things other mamas do that frankly look like a lot of work, so I pin those things and never look at them again.

But every morning, I get up, I make my tea, and I start anyway. Here’s what that looks like on an average, imperfect day:

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Melissa’s homeschool day in the life (with a 2-, 5-, 8-, 9-, 12- & 15-year-old)

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Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins

I feel a little silly writing to you about our daily routine, because between holidays and travel and sick kids, the pattern of our days has been off for weeks.

Our usual daily routine starts with breakfast and morning chores. After that, I try to structure our time and our environment and let each kid choose what to work on within that framework.

So all morning, the house is more-or-less calm and I’m available to help kids with focused work. After lunch we have quiet time, when we can each rest or work on our own projects without being interrupted (much). Then in the afternoons we play or run errands, make and eat dinner, prepare for the next day, and go to bed.

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This week, though, is a planning week at our house.

This is a new system we’re trying this year and so far we love it. We do our usual projects for four weeks, and then we take a planning week to reflect on what we’ve been working on, and to make plans and goals for the next four weeks.

Here’s what that looks like:

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A homeschool day in the life 2016!

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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Welcome to the 6th annual homeschool day in the life series here on Simple Homeschool!

Six! Can you believe it? After six years, it continues to be one of my favorite times on this blog– and I hope it’s yours, too.

The first time we did this, back in 2011, my kids were five, six, and seven–I feel as though I can watch them grow up before my eyes just by rereading these posts!

I’m also amazed at just how much has changed in our lives since then.

Don’t you ever feel as though life with young kids is on permanent repeat?! Yet subtly and slowly, homeschool days really do morph and alter, becoming what our families and children need in each life season.
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How decision fatigue is wearing down your homeschool (and 4 things you can do about it)

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Written by Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things.

It’s 11am. The twins are emptying the tea cupboard onto the floor, the 2 year-old is fussing, and I’m standing at the fridge, trying to decide what to make for lunch. Just then my 11 year-old walks into the room. “What should I be doing right now?”

As the volume of the din steadily rises, the 9 year-old whizzes past me, flinging his math book onto the kitchen counter and tossing a comment about making a break for the basement. Somebody pulls on my pant leg and I rub my head.

“Mom? What am I supposed to be doing?” She’s getting more persistent.

“I… don’t know,” I sigh, exasperated, “Just… we’ll figure it out later.”

Sound familiar? It’s a classic case of homeschooling mama decision fatigue, and I can predict it’s arrival in my house (and yours!) like clockwork every day of the week.

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Share your homeschool day in the life

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Homeschooling doesn’t look the same for each family. But that’s one of the things that makes it great — it doesn’t have to!

During the past several weeks, we’ve been proud to share our fifth annual homeschool day in the life series — our largest ever!

We’ve heard from homeschool mom (and dads!) schooling between 1 and 7 kids, those who love unschooling, classical education, Waldorf, Leadership Education, or their very own styles that work for their families.

Those parents have given us a peek into their days, and we’ve been continuously reminded of the many different ways that people make homeschooling work.
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