Sarah’s homeschool day in the life (with twin 2-year-olds & a 3-, 10-, 12-, & 14-year old)

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Written by Sarah Mackenzie of Read-Aloud Revival.

This year we’ve got quite the crew:

  • 14-year-old (8th grade) girl
  • 12-year-old (6th grade) girl
  • 10-year-old (5th grade) boy
  • 3-year-old girl
  • 2-year-old twin tornado boys … or as I’ve seen referenced elsewhere: twinados 🙂

A homeschool day in the life 2016

5:38 am

My two little identical alarms run into my bedroom and wake me up. I miss the days of rising before my crew and having just a few minutes to myself, but this is not the season for it. The twins keep me running hard and long most days, so I sleep until they wake me.

The 3-year-old is not usually too far behind them. They pile on the couch under blankets and we do the early-morning-snuggle routine before getting started with first breakfast.

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7:00
It’s time to wake the big kids. They have breakfast, and the toddlers settle in for second  breakfast. 🙂 Then I sneak off to shower while bigs entertain littles.

Big kids get ready for the day and do a morning job each (like emptying the dishwasher or taking out the trash), and I try to kinda-sorta tidy the kitchen in preparation for the day ahead.
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Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 10-, 11-, & 12-year-old)

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(with a 10-, 11-, & 12-year-old)
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Today’s post marks the 6th homeschool day in the life I’ve written–one each year since I originally thought of the idea in 2011! It’s amazing to look back and watch the kids grow up before my eyes.

In one way January is an odd time to kick off this series–we’re coming out of different holiday routines, and starting over feels strange for a while. At the same time, perhaps that’s why we need this series this time of year–to nudge us back in the right direction.

Before Christmas I could feel homeschool burnout looming. All I wanted to do (as I told one friend) was “watch Christmas movies and eat cookies.”

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So we did.

Not too many cookies, but a few, plus a movie each day for about two weeks.

Can I tell you it was just what the doctor ordered? Afterwards I was ready to create new routines and get back to business.
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Here’s what that looks like at the moment:
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Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8- & 11-year-old)

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Written by Kara Anderson.

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.

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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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