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Melissa’s homeschool day in the life (with a 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 14-year-old)

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Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins.

Rather than structure my children’s activities, I structure our time, our environment, and my availability.

I think of myself as the curator of our home and our schedule — I bring in inspiring materials, I make sure our home is set up to encourage kids’ learning, and I leave plenty of free time for them to pursue their interests.

The super-simple version of our daily rhythm looks like this: we have breakfast and morning chores, and then I stay available to help with activities or questions all morning.

After lunch is quiet time, when everyone—including me—works on individual projects. After quiet time, we come back together to play and make dinner and tidy up. Then it’s dinner and bedtime routines, and the day is over.

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We all like to focus deeply on one thing at at time, so we don’t tend to hop from one activity to another on any given day. That means that some days might be all about math, while others might be all about writing, or creating, or experimenting.

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Shawna’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8- & 11-year-old)

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Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.

After four years of homeschooling, I am honestly able to say that I have read every single “A Day In The Life” post on Simple Homeschool since 2011.

I LOVE being able to peek into other momma’s homes, families and routines. There is something inspirational about seeing another mom seemingly getting it right.

Even more so, there is something super encouraging about another mom being willing to show all the crazy, imperfect realities we face every day.

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Since this is my first year sharing, allow me to introduce my boys. “Sourdough” is my oldest at 11. He got his nickname through a brief but intense period of time where he was determined to come up with the perfect sourdough starter.

In addition to having tested “highly gifted” in IQ, Sourdough also has High Functioning Autism, Acute Sensory Processing Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder.

His little brother is 8. He goes by the nickname “Bacon,” because he loves bacon … really a lot. As in when he was in preschool (I didn’t always homeschool) the teacher asked the class to draw pictures of what they were most thankful for. As all the sweet little ones drew pictures of their mommies and their baby sisters — my guy drew a perfect picture of a piece of bacon.

Bacon is also uniquely gifted. He too has a genius level IQ, but also severe dyslexia, and a processing disorder that affects his working memory and slows his ability to take in and make sense of information.

I share my sons’ unique circumstances because they are a part of who my children are, how they learn, and ultimately, a big reason why we homeschool in the first place. So, a day in our life? It looks just like this:

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Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 13, 15, &, 19-year-old)

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

It’s 7 a.m. when the alarm starts buzzing. I fumble for the snooze button – as always.

Both my husband and I have our own dual alarms and we both use the same technique – we set one warning alarm and one “I really have to get up” alarm for about 15 minutes later.

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On regular school days, I’m usually up by 7:30 for my workout because, if I don’t do it first thing, it doesn’t get done.
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Amida’s homeschool day in life (with a 4-, 8-, 13-, and 16-year-old)

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Written by Amida from Journey into Unschooling.

Another year, another day in the life! I can’t believe I’ve been writing these for the past four years!

Choosing a day to represent your homeschool is no easy feat, but this time around, I thought I’d share how a typical day went when I was uninspired and just winging it (and I’m sure we all have our moments).

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The day started off very slowly. I knew I wanted my 8-year-old to get some work done, but was just very unmotivated to get started.

Then I spotted some left over origami paper from the bookmark projects we had worked on a few days ago (nothing ever gets put away around here) and got totally distracted and started making dolls.

Hey, they were pretty fun! I shared my procrastination funk with my friends online and they were very motivating. “That’s art! And culture! And math!” they said.

Sure, except I was the one doing all the work, and well, I kind of graduated 3rd grade years ago.
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Jamie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 9, 10, & 11-year-old)

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day in the life 1Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Good morning, and welcome to our home! Come on in.

I can’t believe I’ve been writing day in the life posts for five. years. now. It’s fun (and quite wild, too) to see how things have changed around here.

We homeschool in a non-traditional way, veering toward the informal, unschooling side of the spectrum. The philosophy we identify with most is called A Thomas Jefferson Education (sometimes also referred to as Leadership Education).

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Here’s what a typical homeschool day looks like for us at the moment:

(All times are approximate, not rigid.)

6:00 am –  My alarm goes off and I get up to write. This is when I get the bulk of my blogging work done on an average day. I write new content first, then spend time editing, scheduling Facebook updates, and responding to emails.

8:00 am – Time for my shower before our day officially begins. While I’ve been writing, the kids have been waking up on their own schedule–some early, some late. They play or read in their rooms.
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