Share your homeschool day in the life

share your homeschool day in the life

We’ve reached the end of our third annual homeschool day in the life series!

I’ve enjoyed seeing how each individual family creates the unique learning rhythm that works best for them. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too–and have perhaps filed away a few ideas to apply to your own days.


In case you missed any of the posts, here are the links again:

Today it’s your turn to join in! Have you written a post on your blog sharing your homeschool day in the life?

Tell us the ages of your little people and leave a link to your post in the comments below. Then we can hop around and “visit” everyone. And if you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave a comment describing your day right here.

Thanks so much for taking part!


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. 17, 10, 9, 5 year old twins, 3 and 1. Full house. I wrote this post earlier this week…
    amy@tolove’s latest post: to finally write that stinking homeschool post

  2. Our little people are: 12, 11, 10, 8, 7.

  3. Our little people are: 12, 11, 10, 8 and 7
    Lia’s latest post: A Day in the Hopper Homeschool Life with a 12, 11, 10, 8, and 7 year old

  4. I have an 8.5 year old (3rd grade), a 5.5 year old (Kindergarten), an almost 4 year old (Pre-K), and a 15 month old. You can read about what our day looks like here:

  5. I have a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy who is chronically ill. You can read about our day here:
    Margaret’s latest post: A Day in the Life (with 14- and 15-year-old)

  6. We are a homeschooling family with a special needs graduate (22) and three littles 12, 10 and 9 years old. Here is our day in the life ~
    blessings, Dawn

  7. Amy @ Hope Is the Word says:

    I homeschool a 7.5 year old, a 6 year old, and keep a 2.5 year old out of trouble, all while waddling along at 31 weeks pregnant. 😉
    Amy @ Hope Is the Word’s latest post: A Day in Our Life–January 31, 2013

  8. I really love reading about how different families do their days :) Here’s a day in my life, pregnant with number 7, homeschooling ages 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, and 4-

  9. I use a mix of Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and my own style to homeschool. I have a (nearly) 3-year old and a (nearly) 6-year old.
    Sarah Smith’s latest post: A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool (with a nearly-3 and nearly-6 year old)

  10. I love reading about how different families “do” their days :)
    Here’s a day in my life, pregnant and homeschooling 6 (ages 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, and 4)
    Rachel Marie’s latest post: Day in the Life (homeschooling my 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, and 4 year olds)

  11. I have graduated two and am down to homeschooling my 13 year old son. My link is here:
    Diana’s latest post: A Day in the Life…

  12. It’s amazing because every homeschool is unique and has it’s own way of doing things. With my two oldest graduated I have a 10 year old I am still homeschooling. Here’s what a typical day is supposed to be like: *But see below for those bad get nothing done kind of days!
    Stephanie @ Harrington Harmonies’s latest post: What to do on bad homeschool days.

  13. My children are 7, 6, almost 3, and 1. I enjoyed writing a post about a usual day because I didn’t realize that we get as much done as we do :-) I’m not going to feel so frustrated about not getting anything done for a while. Here’s my post
    Rebecca @ Raventhreads’s latest post: Our Homeschool Week: February 1, 2013

  14. I have a daughter who is a senior this year, a son who is a sophomore & a son who is in 6th grade. So, my kids aren’t “little” anymore. 😉 We have homeschooled from the beginning & I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Here is a peak into our homeschool day:

  15. We begin the school day early with our first- and third-grader. We all are early risers. My husband and I co-teach. He handles math, writing, grammar and spelling in the early a.m. while I work from home and then he heads to work and I handle science, history and literature. The kids are involved in some outside music/PE/science classes. I teach art weekly. We spend as much of our day outdoors as we can in any decent weather, walking, gardening or doing projects like building a compost heap, which I write about at Math, writing and reading are daily, some other subjects (history, cursive practice, science) are every couple of days.

  16. Check out our year with a 10, 7 & 4 year old!
    Jenny’s latest post: Woke up, got outta bed, dragged a comb across…

  17. I’m homeschooling my three young daughters, ages 2, 4, and 6. We’re following a classical approach but leave plenty of room for meandering.
    Kristen @ TeachingStars’s latest post: Wordless Wednesday – January 30, 2013

  18. 6, 8, 9, and 11 year old twins whom are are just learning English (newly adopted from Ethiopia:)

  19. Here is our homeschool day in the life! We have two boys (ages 8 and 5) and three on the way this spring! (a newborn, a 10 year old and a 4 year old)

  20. Check out our day with a 10, 7, and 4 year old. Looking forward to reading through the list later in the day!

  21. I am homeschooling ages 8 and 11 with my 17YO doing his own thing with Connections Academy.
    Becca’s latest post: Thankfulness – January 31

  22. Good morning!
    We have two sons, ages 6 and 3 3/4.
    We just began this journey in January and are figuring out our own groove!
    Our younger son goes to preschool 3 mornings a week but the other days joins us (on those days, we do museums, and outdoors (cross-country skiing and skating and snowshoeing).
    I learned QUICKLY that our children do not find joy in traditional copy out letters, write a sentence types of learning, and nothing puts a cramp in the day like disconnect so sometimes i am sneaky so that my elder is writing but doesn’t see it as tedious! Instead he is pursuing something he loves and learning naturally happens.
    One day, my elder said he wanted to make a puppet so we planned it all out (colors, material, what kind, etc), decided materials, made it, then interviewed it (it’s a space alien), which allowed us to learn the who what when where why in story-making. We wrote down the interview, drew a picture of the alien, and took photos!
    Other days, we play hangman (for letter writing practice- in a way that he loves) or use our counting pebbles and construction vehicles to learn numbers odds/evens, counting by 2s and 5s. Every day, we try to have a short circle time with a verse and candle, and we do our nature watch using binoculars- then often go outside to follow the tracks we spot. each night before bed, I try to put out things for the next day I think he would be interested in (right now, anything outer space or “magic school bus” oriented are instant hits!) -from books for him to look at or read to art ideas to a theme- it starts him off excited (like he’s going on a treasure hunt). I am keeping a daily journal of everything we do and bring it with me EVERYWHERE! The boys also have their own journals for drawing, writing, whatever they want and we keep a large “journal” with all of our art projects (or photos) and stories we create.

    We are part of a weekly hs group at our library and an art class, cross-country ski lessons twice a week, and once a month go to a museum hs day. Mostly, I’ve learned flexibility is key and following my children’s interests ensures a great day for us all!

  23. I am Bekki, a wife, mother of four (ages 10, 9, 8, & 5), small business owner, lover of the Lord, among many other things. Here’s my blog and Day in the Life of …

    Thanks for reading 😉

  24. We are newbies at home schooling, but here is where we are at right now…
    Rita’s latest post: Adelina got some SWAG

  25. I love to read A Day in the Life posts! I have a 1st grader, 4 year old, 2 year old and one on the way.

  26. 9-, 13-, 14- year-old children in our 7th year as home learners & we are still growing! Join me in my day in the life, learning with Thankfulness.
    Ready to read all these lovely posts! Thanks everyone for sharing.

  27. My girls are 6 and 8. My post is at..
    Jill Foley’s latest post: Our Homeschool Day

  28. My children are 8 & 12 but both are advanced 2-3 grade levels depending on the subject. This is why we chose to homeschool after I taught public school for 13 years. Check it out at

  29. My children are aged 8 & 12 but are both advanced 2-3 grade levels from where they should be. This is why we chose to homeschool after I taught public school for 13 years.
    Sarah Demmer’s latest post: A day in my new homeschooling life

  30. Homeschooling a 7 and 2.5 year old in New York. My friends always ask how it’s possible to have your kids with you ALL day! That’s why I wrote “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What Do Homeschoolers Do With Their Kids All Day?”

  31. My kids are 18mo, 3yo, and 5yo… here’s my day:
    Jess @ If Only They Would Nap’s latest post: A Day in the Life…

  32. My kids are 7, 5 and 9 months. Our day looks a little different than most because my husband and I both work full time. Thank you for giving us a place to share!
    Erin @ Mama in Progress’s latest post: Our Homeschooling Day

  33. Rhythm…very important. As I trained singer, I learned at 5 how much rhythm is important. My challenge is that I am a melody kinda girl and do not do well holding down the rhythm section. (perhaps that is also why I married a drummer.) Although, I depend upon rhythm being my foundation of creation, I like to be the one that moves out of the box, pushing all the limits. So, I end up rebelling against myself, or so it seems. I read recently that Bach was the one who brought the experience of harmony into music. Yet, one way he achieved this was by also creating dissonance. He created an experience of tension in order to really feel the relief and bliss of harmony. and let me tell you…I LOVE harmony. ( Simon and Garfunkel anyone?) SO on some levels I need dissonance. I need challenges and monkey wrenches thrown in where I think there should be smooth flow of rhythm. The opportunity or challenge I see for me is trying to create a rhythm of my own while still being able to push the limits of life and create new and interesting melodies.
    Which brings me to mornings. Ah, mornings…I dread. I wish I woke up bouncing out of bed with a mary poppins whistle coming outta my mouth. Alas, that is not me. I feel NOT ready. I’d rather sit, read and write and think about the complexities of life for about two hours while I drink coffee. I’ve tried to get up before the little ones in order to achieve this ‘balance’ but find it incredibly difficult to peal myself from the bed. Wow, reading this makes me sound depressed. maybe I am. Yet, I don’t think so. At about 10 am I feel great and ready to go. I love my kids and my life. I love being with them most ALL the TIME. So it’s not that I dread my life. It’s just that I like to live it at my pace. And with Kids that is not possible. Add a tiny house (well not as tiny as some, but it’s tight at 1200 square feet for five. and we share a bedroom.) and a hubby that works from home. (he at least has the garage) I should also mention that I am 8 months pregnant, it’s the middle of winter and I may have gestational diabetes and cannot have grains or sugar. ARGH! pull the covers up please and wake me in spring with the bears. I think what I am experiencing is more like burnout. Not enough time alone nurturing my needs. Trying to get it all done and live up to the ridiculous standards in my head. Like I need to get up and be able to be with my kids right away! Instead, I want to have the courage to just have free time first!
    I thank all of you for your focus and dedication to your kids. That’s why we do this, isn’t it? We love them. The ‘day in the life’ has been really good for me. As long as I can stop myself from the comparison game and instead give myself the right to go at my own pace. another reason I chose this lifestyle anyhow. So I could have more control of what my life looked liked in stead of being run by the school system. SO who’s in charge? Me, my kids, or how others do it better? I am taking back my power to claim my rhythm…now I just have to have the courage to know (I mean listen) to who I am and what I need.
    Anyone else out there have ‘bad’ mornings?

    • Hey Jai,

      EVERYONE has bad mornings, so don’t believe anything different! We all have rough days and feel like pulling the covers over our heads … and at 8 months pregnant we’d think you were crazy if you DIDN’T want to stay in bed! Good grief! Just know there’s a random girl out there (me) who’s praying for strength for you today and I just hope you feel encouraged! There will be plenty of days for homeschooling, I hope you can just rest and enjoy those littles (and some coffee) today. Hang in there sister!
      Kari Patterson’s latest post: Happy February: Both E-books FREE today only!

  34. My kids are 13 and 9. I’ve homeschooled them for all but two of their school years.

  35. I have a 3 yr. old and a 6 yr old (1st grade). I homeschool the first grader 3 days a week and she goes to on-site classes 2 days a week. I also work from home on the days I homeschool her. Here’s a look at one of our homeschool days:
    Krissa’s latest post: Day in the Life 2013

  36. I shared our day in the life homeschooling a 9 and 7 year old, both 3rd graders.
    Nicole @ Journey to Excellence’s latest post: A Day in the Life ~ Mid Year

  37. I’ve really enjoyed reading these posts! This isn’t a whole day-in-the-life but I shared a bit of our homeschool routine here:
    Thanks for doing this, Jamie!
    Kari Patterson’s latest post: Happy February: Both E-books FREE today only!

  38. HOMESCHOOLING MY SPECIAL NEEDS TEENAGER — I’ve got a unique homeschool situation. I’ve been homeschooling my special needs (almost) 17-year-old daughter for the last three years. She has moderate cerebral palsy, walks with a limp, has limited use of her right hand, cannot speak (at all, altho she makes noises and uses sign language fairly fluently), and academically functions at a fourth grade level (altho her math skills arre at ending first/beginning second grade level).

    I’ve got the rough draft done on the story of our journey with her and am about halfway done with re-writes. I blog every Thursday about some of the highlights of things we studied during the previous week.(I blog most weekdays about other topics with my daughter.) Hope you’ll come visit my blog and learn about the trials with a special needs daughter as the student!

  39. I love getting a glimpse into everyone’s days! And looking back at the years before also.
    We homeschool a 16 yr old, almost 13 yr old and an almost 9 yr old. 2 girls and a boy. My post is right here:
    Amy W’s latest post: Beautiful Marriage

  40. Hi we are a homeschooling family of 6! Our children are 3, 7, 9, & 12 (in 10 days)!! We are a fly by the seat of our pants, passionate, crazy family! Hope you enjoy the peek from this week!! It’s so fun to peek into everyone’s day, this is a favorite series!
    Thank you Jamie!!
    Danna’s latest post: A Day of Our Homeschooling Life!!

  41. This is my first year with homeschooling and so far I think we’re having a great time just going with the flow! :) Here’s my post about a typical day at our house:
    Sara Carbaugh’s latest post: A Day at the School of Awesome


    6, 8, 9, and twin 11 year olds (non English speaking – newly adopted from Ethiopia:)

  43. 7, 10, and 11 year-olds, plus a 15-year-old nephew.

    Thanks for doing this series! Very insightful!
    Fran’s latest post: A Homeschool Day in the Life of…

  44. Love reading about everyone’s homeschool days. We just started about a month ago. My oldest is almost 5 years old, so our days are pretty simple right now
    jessica’s latest post: Our Homeschool Day

  45. I have an -almost- four year old, a nine year old, and an 11-year old. Here is our day: Dear Jamie, I love reading about everyone’s day – Thank you for hosting this!

  46. I’m apparently a day late, because I’m doing my homeschool post today… so it’s a work in progress. :-)
    Carrie’s latest post: A Homeschool Day In The Life

  47. We have a 5, 3 1/2, 2 and 8 month old.
    Happy Reading
    Melissa’s latest post: Day in the life of a 5, 3 1/2, 2, and 8 month old

  48. We are new to homeschooling, ds is 9 (nearly ten) and is/was in the fourth grade. I too love reading about how everyone homeschools and getting new ideas! My blog has been mostly for my own venting/sharing with family purposes in the past…

  49. It is our first year homeschooling with a 3 month old, 3, 4.5, and 6 year old. Here is a peek at how a day at our house usually goes.
    Melissa K’s latest post: A day of homeschooling with a 3 month old, 3, 4.5, 6 year old

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