Jessica’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, & 13-year-old)

Jessica's homeschool day in the life with 6 kids
Written by Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats

Yes, you read that title right. I have six children. My! How times have changed!

When I first started this homeschooling journey, my days went like clockwork. Certain days were devoted to library trips, play dates, and park days. Certain hours of the day were spoken for by math lessons, crafts, stories, lots of Match Game, and the blessed naptime.

That was nine years ago. My oldest was five. And I had a lot fewer wrinkles and gray hairs.

My days are currently not so regular. While I would love to be organized — and yes, even regimented — in how my days are spent, that’s really not my reality, nor quite frankly, my personality.

Life with six kids is richer than I could ever have imagined. Yet, it’s also more complex.

My typical day? It’s the perpetual “box of chocolates” — I never know what I’ll get.
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Cheryl’s homeschool day in the life (with an 18-month-old and 5-, 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds)

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The following is a post by contributor Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

I‘ve been homeschooling since 2001.  The journey has been so much more – more exciting, more difficult, more blessed — than I ever imagined it would be!

As you read the Day in the Life series, I’m sure you’ll notice the fact that everyone’s day is vastly different. That’s a blessing of homeschool, we can do life with school.  I’m a prime example of that right now.

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When I began to write this post, I was very tempted to write what our day “should” look like, what I want it to look like, rather than the real thing.  Why? Because right now our life is a mess.  A beautiful mess, but still a mess.  I’m schooling 5 kids from 18 months to 18 years.  Plus organizing a bloggers conference, caring for my ailing grandfather-in-law, and all the other little bits of life like meals, bills, errands, etc.
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Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8, 9, & 10-year-old)

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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Jamie’s homeschool day in the life – Monday, December 30, 2013

5:50 am – My iPhone alarm goes off, and I push snooze. Now I have ten minutes until I must be up, no excuses!

6:10 – Downstairs to begin writing. I find Jonathan (age 9) on the couch already. My early rising boy doesn’t like to miss a moment with Steve before he leaves for the Love146 office each day around 6:45.

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After a quick hello and hug to Jonathan, I start to work on this post. After 40 minutes I’m mostly done, so I respond to emails and schedule a few links to post throughout the day on my Facebook page.

7:15 – Jonathan asks if we can check the weather. It’s our morning tradition–he likes to keep an eye out for snow.

Later in the week we might see some of the white stuff!
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Anne’s homeschool day in the life (with a 3-, 6-, 8-, & 10-year-old)

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The following is a post written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Three and a half years into our homeschooling journey, our family has definite routines in place — even though every day looks a little bit different around here.

Some days we have help, some mornings I’m at my office job, sometimes I’m up against a deadline, sometimes I have the day off. Today, I’m showing you what a typical Monday looks like for us.

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5:45 — I wake up, pull on workout clothes, and head downstairs to make coffee. When my cup is ready, I go straight to my writing desk and pop open my laptop. My best time for focused writing is before dawn, when the kids are asleep and Will’s at the gym.

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Q&A Friday: Do you homeschool year-round? Why or why not?

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Since the majority of homeschooling parents weren’t actually homeschooled ourselves, we tend to have a conventional schooling outlook–often without realizing it. Our mind thinks of education in chunks–8am to 3 pm, six week sessions, summers off.

Yet as we progress on our homeschooling journey we slowly become more comfortable with our new freedom as a family. It feels empowering to realize we set the schedule. We start to question all those “norms” and educational stereotypes we grew up with.

I’m big on freedom at home (My latest ebook attests to that fact) because I’ve seen that the more freedom we have, the more we enjoy our lives. And the more we enjoy them, the more we’re able to focus on something beyond ourselves.

Our family decided to school year-round because:
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