Written by Heather Bruggeman of Beauty That Moves
In response to requests from several readers, the writers of Simple Homeschool are excited to share a Homeschool Day in the Life series with you this month!
A snapshot of a typical day, from our home to yours.
As homeschoolers, we tend to celebrate our unique opportunity that allows each day to look and feel different from the last. We like to embrace a go with the flow mindset, seeking learning opportunities and teachable moments throughout each day. Generally, homeschoolers do not like to feel confined.
Some children (and parents) crave this rhythm more than others. I can only speak for my family, and I will tell you – my girl’s craving is strong! As a result, there is quite a bit of routine around here and we are much better for following a structured flow to the day.
There are three distinct parts to a typical weekday in our home.
1. Mama Time
- I get up early, usually between 4:00 – 4:30.
During the early morning hours I like to:
- write my blog
- answer email
- go to the gym
- shower/dress for the day
- write the day’s schedule on the white board
- putter around the house a bit
- take a few moments to meditate/center myself for the day
Starting her day later than me, my thirteen-year-old daughter rises at 7:30. Her morning routine consists of caring for her pets, making her bed, and dressing.
Soon enough, hours pass and it’s time to start the next part of the day.
2. School Time
- We begin our “school day” at 9:00.
A Typical Day:
We always have breakfast together, during the first part of our school day. It may sound a little strange, but I find she lingers longer over her oatmeal, sliced fruit, or scrambled eggs if there is no rush to move on to the next thing. It’s much more relaxed this way.
- 9:00 – Math – Not her favorite subject so she requests we “do it early and get it done!”
- 9:45 – noon – Two other subjects will be worked on, a break or two will be had. Physics will be one of those subjects as we are tackling some challenging concepts and she prefers this to be during her most alert part of the day.
- 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch & Leisure – We love this solid hour to dine and relax mid-day.
- 1:00 – 3:00 – In the afternoon we’ll spend time on one more academic subject, then take the time for something fun like walking to the library and/or cafe, sewing, cooking, visiting with friends, photography, creative writing, pleasure reading, art, etc.
- 3:00 – Day’s End – Usually by this time we have closed our books (so to speak) and go about the rest of the day coming together and floating apart as feels right.
I think that’s the biggest distinction for us. During “school time” I hold the space and we do most everything together. This is intentional as it is what works best for my child.
During the late afternoon hours, things loosen up a bit and we roam more freely.
I may chat with a friend, do a few chores, or visit with my neighbor for an hour and not feel like I should be helping with those math problems, for example.
Which brings me to the final part of a typical day for us.
3. Family Time
Below is a list of rotating and non-rotating activities, on any given evening in our home.
In the evening, we all come together again:
- dinner is leisurely prepared
- we gather around the table
- stories of the day are told
- books are read – silently and aloud
- games are played – cards, monopoly or scrabble -depending on who’s choosing
- sports or other select programs are watched on TV
- music is listened to
- sports practices are attended (and coached!)
- yoga is practiced
- crafting is enjoyed
- bedtime routines arrive early (see above note about rising early)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into our typical day. Within each day life certainly ebbs and flows; it’s important to accept and allow for that. However, it is also okay to value the sense of purpose one feels by honoring a daily rhythm.
Do you find a rhythm to the day benefits your family? What are the most essential points of your daily routine?