Q&A Friday: YOUR Homeschool Day in the Life

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

January was filled with posts from each of our contributors, sharing how we fit all the pieces of life together in our homeschool day. Each day reflects much of what is going on in our lives–from work we do on the side to babies waiting in the wings.

You’ve heard us ramble on and on for an entire month.

Today, it’s your turn! So here are my questions for you:

How old are your kids? How long have you been homeschooling? What does your homeschool day look like?

Last Sunday, I invited you to write a day in the life post on your own blog to link up below. If you have a link to share, please include it in your comment here.

Even if you haven’t written a separate post, you can of course still tell us about your day just by leaving a comment.

I’d love to have the chance to read how your days unfold.

Thanks so much for sharing!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. C.C.’s Homeschool Day in the Life of a Mamma with Fibromyalgia ~ http://www.thealmons.com/ccblog/?p=5651
    C.C. @ I’m On My Way ~ my journey as a Christ follower, wife, mamma, & fibromyalgia fighter’s latest post: C.C.’s Homeschool Day in the Life of a Mamma with Fibromyalgia

  2. These are always interesting. My daughter is 7 and in 2nd grade. I’ve homeschooled her since preschool.

    Jenny’s latest post: A Day In The Life

  3. I have three boys (10, 7, and 5) and a 16 month old girl. We’ve been homeschooling from the beginning. Every day is different around here. We are neo-classical homeschoolers, but have a very ‘go with the flow’ sort of (non)routine. I posted our ‘day in the life’ for three days in a row this month:




    I’ve loved reading the Day in the Life series again, Jamie!!
    Heidi @ Mt Hope’s latest post: Mt. Hope Academy @ The Live and Learn Studio ~ January 2012

  4. I love reading these!
    I am homeschooling my 7 year old daughter, while my 3 year old learns by osmosis. We just started last September, so we’re still newbies!


  5. We’re pretty new to homeschooling with Gracie (7 yrs) in first grade and MisterMan (5 yrs) in Kindergarten. Balancing the regular needs of daily living with homeschooling with special healthcare needs has been a big challenge. This series has helped me see how every family is unique and does what they can and need to, when they can and need to and that has been very comforting and encouraging!
    Laura’s latest post: A day in the life…

  6. http://fromthestacks.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/a-day-in-the-life-2/
    I am a homeschool mom of three children, ages 16, 11 and 10. Our family began our homeschool journey when the oldest was ready for preschool and it is now less of a decision and just who we are.. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

  7. I have loved getting to have a glimpse of how others make this homeschool life work. We’ve been homeschooling since our daughter was 4. She’s now 9 and we have two sons ages 6 and 2. Even at the difficult moments I am so glad that we chose this way of life for our family.

    Erin’s latest post: A Billion for a Billion

  8. Here is my day in the life. My kids are 21, 11,9, and 8. We have homeschooled for 13 years.

  9. Read about our day in the life with 2 teenagers, a 9 year old and a 6 year old, and about how our days have changed in the course of 10 years of home schooling.

    Jen @ anothergranolamom’s latest post: A Day in the Homeschooling Life

  10. I love this series! Thanks, everyone for sharing!

    We’ve been homeschooling 5 years and have a 9, 6 & 3 year old.

    Jenny’s latest post: Woke up, got outta bed, ran a comb across my head….

  11. My girls are 8 (2nd gr), 6 (K), 4 and one boy who is 16 months. We are in our 3rd year of homeschool!

    stephanie’s latest post: Our Homeschooling Day // January 2012

  12. I’m homeschooling a 7 /2 year old dd and a 6 year old dd with a 20 month old ds along for the ride:

    Amy @ Hope Is the Word’s latest post: A day in our life (homeschooling a 7 1/2 & a 6 year old with a 20 month old in tow)

  13. I have enjoyed this series so much! It is encouraging to read about how others do life. I wrote a post about our ideal homeschool day. I have two six year olds, a four year old and a one year old.

    Monica’s latest post: Real

  14. My children are 10, 7 and 5. We just began homeschooling in September with the two oldest- both boys. Our daughter attends Kindergarten at a local private school. If you’d like to see what our days are like, you can read my Homeshool Day in the life post here:http://ourgreathomeschoolexperiment.blogspot.com/2012/02/natalies-homeschool-day-in-life-with-10.html

    Thanks for hosting this :)

  15. We homeschool a 15 year old 9th grader and a 6 year old 2nd grader. We also have an 8 year old public school 2nd grader, who will be coming home next year. This is our 2nd year homeschooling, and began at the request of our oldest. We have slowly brought each one home after that. Homeschooling started out as a necessity and now is a way of life. I posted my Day in the Life as part of my Weekly Wrap-up here:

    Nicole @ Journey 2 Excellence’s latest post: Weekly Wrap-up ~ A Day in Our Schooling Life (15, 8, and 6)

  16. I have a nearly eight-year-old odd little boy, and a four-year-old precocious little princess, and we are in our third year of homeschooling now. Every day is an adventure.

    I was so excited when you started the day in the life series this year that I blogged mine a couple weeks ago: http://postmodernfeeding.blogspot.com/2012/01/another-day-in-our-homeschool.html

    I love reading about everyone’s days.
    Sarah B.B.’s latest post: Beauty is only Fork Deep

  17. I’ve been homeschooling my kids “since birth” :) They are 13, 12, 10, 8, 6, 19 months. Thanks for the invitation!
    Carrie’s latest post: A Day In The Life

  18. This is our second year homeschooling and our second year participating in Day in the Life. We have a 6, 4, and 2 year old here. http://everydaysnapshots.blogspot.com/2012/02/homeschool-day-in-life-2012-edition.html

    Can’t wait to pop around the web later today and read them all. Such a fascinating glimpse of our days.
    Pam’s latest post: Homeschool Day in the Life :: 2012 Edition

  19. We’ve been home educating from the beginning – my son is 11 and daughter almost 6.
    I love having a glimpse of what other families do. We can learn so much from one another!

  20. I enjoy reading these. We are doing preschool. Mostly my 4 y/o, but my 2 y/o joins in.
    Here is our day:

    Debbie’s latest post: Debbie’s preschool homeschool day in the life (with a 2 and 4 year old)

  21. This is our second year homeschooling our now 6yo and 4yo. Our day looks a little different because my husband and I both work full time, so we split a lot of the school responsibility.


    I have really enjoyed reading about everyone’s days during this series.
    Erin @ Mama in Progress’s latest post: Day in the Life of Our Homeschool

  22. We have been homeschooling since September of 2011. My oldest is 11 (5th grade) and my middle child is 7 (2nd). My youngest is 4 and attends our local preschool four times a week. Each day looks a little different, but mainly our day starts with Bible (Telling God’s Story), Math (Saxon), English (First Lang. Lessons & Rod and Staff), Spelling (Spelling Workout), and History (Story of the World). I’ve decided to change Science curriculum because it just wasn’t working. We follow the Classical Education approach, so I’m back to researching the Well Trained Mind for another Science experiment book.
    Sara’s latest post: iPhone as teaching aid

  23. I wrote two separate posts, a good day and a bad day:


    Thanks for organizing this! I love reading about other people’s days.
    Chickens in My Kitchen’s latest post: NOLA

  24. I love reading this series and was pretty excited to do my own Day in the Life (it was exhausting keeping track of everything in our day!). I quit my job as a children’s and teen librarian in a public library about a year ago in order to stay at home with my 3 kids. I have one due in June and my oldest is 4….yikes!
    Megan’s latest post: Megan’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 1 year old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old)

  25. I have 5 children ranging from 7 months to 7 years. Here’s what this past Monday looked like in our homeschool. http://family6-time.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-in-our-homeschool-january-2012.html
    Suanna’s latest post: January 2012 – Top Referring Sites

  26. This is my eleventh year of “formal homeschooling”. My children are 6, 12 and 15.

    Kika@embracingimperfection’s latest post: This Child Of Mine

  27. Here is our day *revised*, haha! I have an 11y0 daughter, 9yo daughter, and 5yo son. Thank you for letting us share! I love peeking into other’s homeschools!

  28. I homeschool my 12yo, 8yo, 6yo, and I also have a 4yo and 3yo. All but the 12yo are boys. I’ve been homeschooling for 8 years. My recent blog posts shares methods, philosophies, and eventually, a day in the life of Seiler school.
    Chris Seiler’s latest post: My Homeschool Makeover

  29. My girls are 5 and 7 – homeschooling is all we’ve done. Here’s my post with a glimpse into our day.
    Jill Foley’s latest post: Our Homeschool Day

  30. I have really enjoyed reading through the variety of families you have featured on your blog. Thank you for the encouraging spirit that creates!

    Our family has been homeschooling for 8 years now. We have a 9th, 8th, 6th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grader this year. 3 boys and 3 girls. Our days look pretty much the same week to week, Monday’s looking the same, Tuesday’s looking the same, etc., while looking different from each other.
    A typical stay at home day (Wednesday) starts with wake up for kids at 7 am. They start their “3 B’s” : Bedroom, Body, and Breakfast, starting school at 7:40.
    Wednesday rundown: Bible reading, group history, individual math, group exercise, partner spelling study, individual English grammar and creative writing , group science, then lunch. After lunch, we do a group health class school ends with an hour of quiet, assigned reading that gives the teacher a time to work on whatever she needs to!
    6th grade and younger follow the same schedule, while the 9th and 8th grader stays on a slightly altered one. It allows maths for older grades to be done apart from younger grades, allowing the teacher to give more focused attention on the needs. Trying to answer all 6 grades math questions in the same hour gave me a headache!

    The day ends at 2 with everyone cleaning up from school, doing their household chores and then 2 hours of FREE TIME! Around 4:30 it is one child’s turn to cook with Mom, (some of the older ones basically kicking Mom out of the kitchen!), and we have fun talking, cooking, and spending one on one time with each other.

    Supper time is spent with Dad, and we share things we have learned that day, funny things that happened, and usually make a lot of noise! Clean up from supper includes everyone, and it is done quickly. We don’t have a dishwasher, so each person washes their own dishes. Works pretty well.

    After supper, we do different things depending on the need. My husband and oldest head off to youth group, and the rest of us go about for a “free night.” Often we watch something together, read, or play a game. Getting ready for bed starts at 7:30, kids in bed by 8, lights out at 8:30. I travel to the different beds, cuddling, praying, and listening while they settle in bed. Dad and oldest get home around 9:15.. and usually are ready for a late night snack and rehash of the evening. Off to bed oldest goes, and Dad and I connect and detox from the day.

    This is a sample of our Wednesdays… Of course, it doesn’t always go as planned!

  31. I’ve been waiting all week for this linky party!! :) My daughters are 2.5 years and 10 weeks old, because of that we’re at the very beginning part of home education, so no post from us, but I’ll be reading everyones!!
    Ashlee’s latest post: Upcycled Tote Bag

  32. http://thedazeofus.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-in-life-of.html

    This was fun to write and I look forward to sneaking some peeks at others days above. :)
    melyssa’s latest post: A Day in the Life of

  33. These posts are both fun to read and to write. I’ve been homeschooling for six years with my daughter, age 12. My 8yo son goes to public school.
    Dawn’s latest post: Homeschool Day in the Life: 2012

  34. I homeschool a 15 yo ds, a 8 yo ds and I graduated my oldest in 2009. We started homeschooling in 2005 and have never looked back. I consider our style Classical Eclectic. I love the classical approach, but I like to mix it up with everything else too.

    Mary’s latest post: A Day in Our Homeschool Life

  35. I LOVE this series! We only started homeschooling in January after a not so grand attempt of public school. It is encouraging to read about other’s days.

    Here’s a weekly review of our current set up: http://jerbarmartin13.blogspot.com

  36. Pssst…hey, you! Quick question! What do you eat every day? What do you wear every day? What do you think about every day? Right…you do those things each day, but they vary so much from one day to the next, and that’s what I’ve tried to depict in this entry. That for us, there IS no “typical” homeschooling day. I hope you enjoy it. :)


    Nance, relaxed, secular homeschooling mom to Alexa, age 11, and Ben, age 6.
    Nance’s latest post: Life Without School – Awkward Conversations

  37. Thank you for sharing these links everyone! This is very helpful to read since we’ll be starting official homeschooling sometime soon with our 3 y.o. and a 3 month old in tow. :)
    Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz’s latest post: Urgent! Oppose Monsanto Takeover of the FDA.

  38. I, too, love these kinds of posts. So fun to peek inside other homeschools to see how they structure (or don’t structure) their days.

    I have been homeschooling for 15 years. I have graduated 2 kids. I am currently homeschooling a 14, 13, 8, 7 and 4 year old with an 18 month old still too young for school.

    This is a link to my post about what our current schedule is like. I like the idea of writing down an actual days’ events but I am soooo busy, I keep forgetting to write during the day!


    I love homeschooling!!
    Marianne@AbundantLife’s latest post: 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Homeschooling

  39. I have a 4th grade son and 2nd grade daughter. I’ve been homeschooling for 2 years, and have recently begun the adventure of learning how to teach to kinesthetic learners. My post, “A Day In the Life of Kinesthetic Homeschoolers,” provides a snapshot of what this looks like.


  40. Hi! We just began homeschooling our 12, 10 and 8 year old children at January’s beginning. Our blog is at he web address above. I am a professional singer, songwriter, a business owner (Commonwealth Computers), founder of a non-profit organization helping women in need (Eve Rising) and a member of my city’s Cultural Council. Juggling it all has been interesting, but so far I’m loving it, and so are our kids!!

  41. Jamie- thank you for this series. I love reading how other mamas do their days! Here’s my “A Day In the Life”

  42. How old are your kids? My boys are 13, 11, 9 and 7
    How long have you been homeschooling? I guess since my oldest was born, but really formally about 8 years.
    What does your homeschool day look like?
    Here is my post on a typical day…..http://homeschoolblogger.com/martha/784325/
    Martha Artyomenko’s latest post: Menu

  43. This is our second year, both of homeschooling and linking up to the series. I had a blast last year and was excited to see we’d be doing it again this year! If anything, it’s helped me get caught up on my blog. :)

    Love to see the fun that everyone else is having at home!
    Mindy’s latest post: Our Day in the Life 2012

  44. This is our 21rst year of homeschooling 5 kids- we’ve graduated 2, both of whom are getting ready to graduate again- one from a 4 yr college and one from a Cosmetology program with plans to begin an R.N. program in the fall. I homeschool my 17 ds, 12 ds, and 9 dd. My homeschool day varies by day- we participate in on-line classes, co-op and a Tutoring Center so each day is different. Check out a week in our lives here:http://goldengrasses.blogspot.com/2012/02/1-landry-academy-classes-are-cruising.html
    Lisa’s latest post: Watching, Reading, Thinking

  45. We have a 5 year old, a 4 year old, and a 19 month old. This is our first year homeschooling. :)
    Sarah’s latest post: Day in Our Life (with a 19 month old, 4 year old, and a five year old)

  46. Oh, what a fun! Thank you all for posting such inspirational snapshots of your days at home. I’ve so enjoyed reading through them all.

    We are the parents to three young daughters, almost 7, almost 5, and just 1. We are just beginning our homeschooling journey.


    Peace and love to all.
    Kate’s latest post: Day in the Life

  47. I have 3 daughters who are 20, 18, & 16 and a son at home with me. I homeschooled all the girls. The first one went all the way through homeschooling and spent her evenings as a ballerina. The second daugther is getting a free year of college at a local university although we had to enroll her in ps to be able to do this. Last daughter is in ps for volleyball but was homeschooled most of her life. My son and I are enjoying our homeschooling time together which is a switch for me who was used to homeschooling 4 children at once.

    Although I’ve had a homeschool blog for years I’ve never written a day in the life post. These are so interesting to read. Maybe I’ll have to do that sometime. Basically I work until about 9am. Then I get ready and my son starts on his independent work or I set up some songs from classical conversations for him to listen to. We read history, Bible and Science together with some recess breaks here and there. After lunch we finish up his table time where he needs help. Ideally we are done by 1 but more often than not it’s closer to 3.

    My goal for homeschooling is self teaching so I try to have him learn as much on his own although I don’t use textbooks. We set up a schedule at the beginning of the year of what he wanted to do each day. He has some programs on the computer too.

    Fridays are fun/catch up day. It’s a great incentive to get him to finish all his work by Thursday. Then we play games, go on field trips (rarely), do experiments and do art projects on Fridays. I figure if my husband who is a ps teacher can do game day on Friday, then I can too.

  48. I’ve been homeschool an 11, 8, 7, and 2-year old from the beginning. I wrote about a fairly typical day at home last week for another blog hop.
    cellista’s latest post: It’s Daddy’s turn, I’m out of here

  49. Here’s ours. Although it seems like this was almost a “perfect” day and not the way the rest of the week went, LOL.

    We have four girls, 2-7, my husband’s a stay-at-home dad, and I work full-time from home.

    Mandi @ Life…Your Way’s latest post: 4 Tips for Family Computing

  50. I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, as one sample of a typical day (such that there ever is a “typical” homeschool day!): http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-in-life.html.

  51. This is great! Have enjoyed reading about everyone’s homeschooling days….here’s mine. My kids are 6 and 4 and I’ve been homeschooling since my 6 year old was born.


  52. I have four kids who have always homeschooled: 16, 14, 10, 8. I wrote up a “day in the life” post – more like a look at our week since every day has differing commitments so everything else is shaped around those.
    Carma’s latest post: Learning to Read: How My Attention-Challenged Child Began Reading

  53. I documented my day today…it was fun!

    I just began homeschooling 2 months ago: 7, 5 and 2 years old. I pulled my 2nd grader out of school at Thanksgiving and work with my 5 year old before she goes to afternoon Kindergarten. I’m loving it and would love to pull my daughter out of school, too, but my husband wants her to finish out the year.

    I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time (especially how to entertain my toddler during school hours) and I hope my post encourages others!
    Intentionally Katie’s latest post: Our Day of Homeschooling (with a 7, 5 and 2-year old)

  54. I also chose to write about today as our homeschool “day in the life” — not because it was typical, but because it reflected a lot of the reasons we LOVE the homeschooling life! We had the snowstorm of the season today, but we also managed to incorporate some of our normal school routine into the mix.

    Here is my post at NextGenHomeschool.com: http://wp.me/p1MH6f-rl

    I’m the mother of three girls, ages 11, 9 and 4, and we’re halfway through our second year of homeschooling in Castle Rock, CO.

    I’ve also really enjoyed reading a few of these today and discovering more new blogs! I hope to read some more over the weekend. Thanks again, Jamie!
    Renee Gotcher’s latest post: The Gotcher Family’s Homeschool “Day in the Life”

  55. I’m mother to 3 girls ages 5, 4 and 2 with another baby baking in the oven.

    Here’s our day: http://marcijo.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-in-life.html
    Marci’s latest post: A Day in the Life

  56. This is my 9th year of homeschooling. I have 7 kids & #8 is due this spring. They are 1,4,6,9,11,12 & 16. The oldest is no longer homeschooled. Our days start with kiddos & me doing morning chores, I make breakfast & we usually sit to eat by 9:30. We have independent Bible reading then we all meet together on the sofa around 10-10:30. Almost all of our studies are done together, only separating for math & independent reading. Some days we finish before lunch @ 1ish & other days we might have a subject or 2 to finish up afterwards. In order to fit in everything that I wanted to we alternate subjects. Bible, Reading, Read Alouds & Math is done everyday, History is M,T,W,Th, Geography is F, Latin is M,W, Handwriting is M,W, Spelling is T,Th, Grammar is M,W, Poetry is T, Shakespeare is Th, Creative writing is F, Art is M,W, Music (Composer study) is T, Science is Th,F. I LOVE this schedule! The kids each have a white board that they check daily for all their assignments (even though we do all studies together) & daily chores & what appointments/activities they have. I feel that every year gets better & better.

  57. Hi Jaime! I posted this topic to our blog at your prompting.

    Our kids are 4.5 yo, 3 yo, and almost 2 yo. We knew we would homeschool before we even married, so we’ve been doing so the whole time.

    A day in our life can be viewed at http://learningjourneyjournal.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-in-our-home-education-life.html

    Thanks for all you do :) I’m reading your e-book now.

    Glory’s latest post: A Day in our Home Education Life

  58. I have a 7.5 yr old (2nd grade), an almost 5 year old, a 3 year old (he turns three on Monday!), and a baby who is currently 3 months old. We have been homeschooling since the beginning of our parenting journey.

    Here’s my “day in the life” post: http://homeschooldiscoveries.com/2012/02/04/homeschooling-with-a-new-baby-in-the-family-a-day-in-the-life/

    Thanks for having this link-up…I’m looking forward to going and reading some of the posts that others have written!
    Kirsten H’s latest post: Homeschooling with a New Baby in the Family: A “Day in the Life”

  59. I have seven girls (and a boy in Heaven). I have been homeschooling for 12 years. I have not had much internet time since the holidays, but I have some posts I wrote earlier this school year about our school days… I plan to add more later as I have more time, as I have only written about the first half of our days so far. :)

    Here are my homeschool posts:

    • Oh, it’s best to scroll down to the bottom post and work your way up. That will make it go in the order of our day. :)

    • Some homeschooling challenges not mentioned on our blog… I spend every pregnancy on about 5-7 months of bedrest, I have multiple sclerosis, we have worked on the mission field both abroad and in the States, we are a dual national/ex-pat family, we live far from stores and we have no neighbors close, my oldest child has Asperger’s, we deal with multiple (over a dozen) food allergies, and since we are rural, a grocery trip takes about 6-8 hours (so a full day where we are homeschooling on the road). We also spend a lot of time in doctors offices seeing specialists, etc., and my husband travels about half of each month. If anyone wants me to blog specifically about homeschooling with any one of these challenges, I would be happy to oblige (but don’t ask for all at once, LOL)

  60. I love “A Day in the Life of” posts :) Here is one that I wrote the other week!

    Jamerrill @ Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling’s latest post: I Want Your Stories for the eBook!!!

  61. It’s really interesting to read about how others spend their days. Ours can be found here:

  62. I’ve loved following your blog and this series. We are a military of 5 (soon to be six!)–and I have a side business as a portrait photographer (Lifeography). This is our first year homeschooling with a Kindergartner, 3-year-old, 1-year-old and baby on the way. Here is a peek at our day-to-day on our homeschool blog “No Place Like Roam”: http://noplacelikeroam.com/2012/01/homeschool-routine/
    stephanie beaty’s latest post: It’s Groundhog Time

  63. It is my first year homeschooling, and I am still trying to figure out what and how our days should be an can be! By next year i should have a great post to share! 😛
    Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site’s latest post: How Weaning from Breastfeeding May Affect Your Baby’s Sleep

  64. This is our second year of homeschooling — our 3rd grader just turned 9, 2nd grader is 7.5, and our pre-preschooler is 3.5!

    Here is our “day in the life” post from yesterday. This morning I did a quick “day in the life” search and it luckily brought me here to link up! I look forward to taking a peek into everyone’s day.

    Alyson @ Rocket Creek’s latest post: A Day in the Life…

  65. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s day, so we decided to do one as well! I have one daughter, age 8, in the 2nd grade and we do Classical Education as laid out in the “Well Trained Mind.”

    Here is our day:
    Bev P’s latest post: A Day in the Life……..

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