A homeschool day in the life – January 2014 on Simple Homeschool

A Homeschool Day in the Life ~ SimpleHomeschool.net
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Welcome to the 4th annual homeschool day in the life series here on Simple Homeschool!

For the past three years we’ve started each January with a peek inside what life really looks like for homeschool families, in the hopes of addressing some of the questions I receive in my inbox regularly:

  • How does Mama (or Papa) get it “all” done?
  • Does homeschool look just like school at home?
  • How can I homeschool multiple children at different ages?
  • What if I have a toddler or preschooler at home?
  • How can I incorporate different educational philosophies in my homeschool?

What better way to answer these than by coming to “hang out” with me and my awesome contributors for a day?

Come visit each post and gather plenty of practical ideas you can apply in your own home.

This post will serve as a landing page for the series – feel free to bookmark it to refer back to as we go along. I will update it with links to each post as they publish.

Simple Homeschool’s 4th Annual
Homeschool Day in the Life Series

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.

It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.”
~ Annie Dillard, A Writing Life

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. Looking forward to this! And I adore that Annie Dillard quote. 🙂
    Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy’s latest post: How I did with my 2013 goals (and looking ahead to 2014)

  2. I can’t wait! I’ll be looking for this tomorrow. I’m not happy with where things are in our homeschooling world, and I suspect I am a large portion of the hurdle we need to cross…..oh, but with the Lord’s help and my honest confession before Him, I know that our story will reflect Him, ultimately.

  3. I just love these. Thanks for posting, especially at this time of year.
    Andee Zomerman’s latest post: My Heart is Happy and Sad Simultaneously

  4. I always really enjoy these posts!

  5. Do you know anyone who is homeschooling with several kids under the “school age”?

    • I am currently homeschooling my 4yr old daughter (while my 2yr old does a less structured version alongside us), and watch a 1yr old boy at the same time. 🙂 Happy to answer any questions if you’d like.

  6. What a great way to start the new year. I really like these posts!

  7. Love this series! Can’t wait!
    Kat’s latest post: 2014 Resolutions

  8. Dear Jamie, in your series of homeschool in the life of – do you know or maybe you could ask around for families that homeschool though they don’t homeschool? 😉
    I mean those families whose kids go to school but their parents feel that there is something missing and try to teach that in the time after school. I am a German mom, in Germany homeschooling is not allowed, children are forced to go to a school, even taken away from their parents. Although the school and the teacher of my daughter are good I miss, hm, emphasis on arts, music, teaching the virtues and I feel that my kids are on the “conveyor belt”, they are in danger of losing the love for learning. How do other parents deal with this? Surely not by a school like school in the afternoon. How can I homeschool parttime?
    Are there posts already? What would you advise? What do others do?
    Thanks for this beautifully inspiring blog and happy new year!

  9. I am very excited about learning from others. I think most homeschool mom compare ourselves to mothers who seem to be more organized and seem to get everything done. In this post the mom has a “mothers helper”. That is not an option for us. Of course you can get it all done when you have hired help. Do you have any advice for those who have to go it alone (with a husband, but he is at work)?

  10. Oh I’m so glad to see it back again this year. I really enjoy this series!!
    Jenn @ Beautiful Calling’s latest post: Joy to the World

  11. What are the best homeschooling programs? We are currently using Virtual Academy for our state.

  12. I love this and am looking forward to reading them, but I wish you did them more often. Maybe once or twice a month? And from other homeschooling moms than just your contributors. Something along the lines of how Design Mom does her Living with Kids series for home design.
    Kristen’s latest post: 2014 Resolutions

  13. I came across this blog by way of the “Sure as the World” blog that I read somewhat regularly. I am new to homeschooling this year, and find your Day in the Life series enlightening, entertaining, and most importantly, happily relatable. I will document my own “day in the life” that hopefully my non-homeschool friends and family can read and understand, if only a little bit!! I look forward to spending more time here.

  14. If we don’t have a blog can we contribute our “homeschool day in the life,” too?

  15. I’m really loving this. I’m not homeschooling yet, but I will be next year. It’s just nice to see what other people are doing, and it gives me some ideas.

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