Pam’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8-, 10- and 12-year-old)

Written by Pam Barnhill

I woke at 4:30.

No, I don’t do this every morning — not at all. But there are a number of mornings each month where I wake early, my thoughts whirling in my head, and I know it is futile to lie there and try to go back to sleep.

My first stop is the coffee pot and then I tiptoe upstairs and start to work. The thoughts won’t even let me have quiet time first thing.

My husband is the first to arrive. He is newly semi-retired and he cracks a joke about us being old and not able to sleep. He recently came home from his day-job to help me with the business and the kids. He still moonlights as a National Guard officer and that keeps our family hopping sometimes.

By the time the first boy stops in for a hug around 6:30 I am halfway through my to-do list for the day and feeling like a champ. If only I didn’t need sleep. Every day could be like this.

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Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 16-, 18- and 22-year-old )

Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I am a creature of habit who thrives on routine so, unless there is something special going on, most of my days start out the same. (And, I use the term “special” loosely. It could mean anything from breakfast with one of my kids {truly special} to a doctor’s appointment {not so special}.)

I’m so predictable that even the dogs and cats know the routine. I get up by 8:00 a.m. First up is feeding the creatures, letting them out, and giving them treats. They never let me forget the treats. Then, and only then, do I get myself ready for the day.  That means teeth, shower, and hair. Those are the things that wake me up and make me feel human.

I put on my homeschool mom uniform (yoga pants and a tank top), and I’m ready to go out – unless it’s one of those special days. Then it’s jeans and a tank top with a long-sleeved t-shirt to dress things up. [Read more…]

Kara’s day in the life (with a 6-, 9-, 11-, and 16-year old)

Written by Kara Fleck

Good morning, Simple Homeschool readers! I’m taking you along on a typical day in our homeschool. Are you ready?

This is the fourth time I’ve shared our day in the life here. It is always interesting to me to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. Writing these posts is kind of a digital time capsule and it’s fun to look back.

My kids range in age from six to sixteen. It’s an interesting time at the Fleck household as we combine kindergarten through highschool.

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Colleen’s homeschool day in the life (with a 5-, 8-, 10-, and 15- year-old )

Written by Colleen Kessler

“Mom! Mommmmmmmmy! I want to show you what I did!”

Come on, Mom! I have a cool story to show you.”

Logan (8) and Isaac (5), my two early birds, are snuggling up to me in my nice warm, cozy bed. And I sigh, “don’t you guys want to cuddle for a little bit?” I pull them closer and try to go back to sleep.

I’m not a morning person.  At all.

The truth is that mornings are my biggest homeschool struggle. Everywhere I look… every blog I read, book I refer to, podcast I listen to, or video I watch is telling me that, in order to have the best homeschool day ever, I need to get up before my kids.

And I just can’t.

Most of the time we’re all okay with it, but sometimes the little ones just want me to hang out with them. And so I drag myself to the kitchen to pour myself some of the coffee that Brian made for me before he left for work (God bless my husband). And I step into a beautiful mess.

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Cait’s homeschool day in the life (with a 6-, 8-, 9-year-old & a new puppy)

By Cait Curley of My Little Poppies.

I did something kind of crazy after Christmas break, you guys.

Meet Gryffin, our 11-week-old rescue pup. (Because if there is ever a time to get a puppy, it’s a subzero January in New Hampshire!)

We have only had this little fella for a few days and we are head-over-heels in love.

That said, we are definitely trying to find our new normal.

Today, I’d like to share what our homeschool days looked like before puppy and what they look like this week.

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