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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Shawna’s homeschool day in the life (with an 11- & 14-year-old)

Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things

The title of this post cannot be accurate.

An 11-year-old and a 14-year-old??? How on earth is it possible that I am still homeschooling these kids?

The truth is, when I first started homeschooling, I could barely picture the elementary years.  I went to school to be an elementary special education teacher – I felt like I should have an idea of what to expect.

But middle school and even worse….high school?

A homeschool day in the life

No idea.

I have no idea what it is “supposed” to look like.

Maybe this is a good thing – if I did, I might never allow this day in the life to be published.

Because the longer we homeschool, the more our days look less and less like the school I grew up in.

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Mystie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4-, 7-, 9, 11- & 13-year-old)

Written by Mystie Winckler of Simply Convivial

Even though I grew up homeschooled, homeschooling my own children is more work than I imagined it would be.

It’s not so much the teaching or the tutoring or the reminding everyone five times a day that they have a checklist to check. What gets me is the emotional rollercoaster caused by a house full of children growing both physically and intellectually.

Learning is hard work. Sure, we have a good time and love our good books, but sticking with a math problem until it’s correct, having to revise a paragraph again, and turning to the checklist when you’d rather turn to Legos is as difficult for the kids as laundry and meals and toddler meltdowns are for me.

A homeschool day in the life

We’re on the same journey, my kids and I, learning to walk the path of faithfulness rather than the path of momentary ease. Together, we’ll grow.

And this morning is a Monday. Up and at ‘em and back to it.

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Kari’s homeschool day in the life (with a 7- and 10-year-old)

Written by Kari Patterson

Sometime around 7 they shuffle out, sleepy-eyed, their pajama-pants falling mid-shin, reminding me how fast they’re growing up. But we still snuggle.

They find me in my favorite chair, the big one with room for a little beside me and another on my lap. I slide my Bible to the side, set my coffee down, and gather them up, pushing back the blanket so they can crawl beneath. I kiss their cheeks, right next to their mouths so I can breathe in their morning breath. I’m weird like that, I love their smells.

Thus begins our day.

After snuggling, we read the Bible together, pray, and move toward (maybe) getting dressed. I admit sometimes when it’s cold, we might linger longer in our jammies, or upgrade only slightly, to sweatpants.

We have our bells, to keep us moving, because otherwise we’d likely stay in that chair ‘til noon! These “bells” are just alarms set on my phone, with pleasant sounds the kids picked out for each activity. There’s Bible/pray, then get dressed, then breakfast, then brush teeth.  Though I love lingering, the bells remind me there’s a good, full day ahead, so let’s begin.

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