Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4-, 7-, 9- & 14-year-old )

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Written by Kara Fleck

got a kick recently out of looking back at our day in the life post from a few years ago. Some things are the same, but so much is different. For one, my kids are all older and for another my husband’s sister, a special needs adult, lives with us now.

I almost don’t recognize those days from three years ago.

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Cait’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4-, 6-, and 7-year-old)

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Written by Caitlin Curley of My Little Poppies.

When I was a little girl, my parents had this morning rule: I had to turn up the heat, make the coffee, and wait until the coffee had filled to the 10-line before I could enter their room and wake them up.

That’s a bit of ’80s-style parental genius right there.

What I’m trying to say is: I’m an early riser. 

It’s in my blood.

Being a morning person has served me well as a homeschooling mom. Waking before my kids gives me plenty of space for the things I love, like reading, writing, and exercise. Our days run more smoothly when I do these things. 


I’m going to be honest: It’s winter here in New Hampshire and the mornings are dark and cold. I’m awake at 5 or 6 a.m., but I’m not doing all those important things that help our day to have rhythm.

Instead, I lay in bed dozing, or reading, or silently scolding myself for not getting up.

I guess you could say I’m experiencing a bit of homeschool hibernation at the moment.
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Sarah’s homeschool day in the life (with twin 2-year-olds & a 3-, 10-, 12-, & 14-year old)

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.


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.
A homeschool day in the life 2016

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 of Quill and Camera

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.

A homeschool day in the life 2016

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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