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).
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.
Luckily, my daughter had her own plans. While I was busy working on the second doll, she busted out the markers and crayons and drew the first doll I had made. It was so stinkin’ cute!
I love that she added on the dango and traditional sandals, details she had no doubt logged in from our many trips to Japantown. That was definitely art and culture right here.
It was just the jump-start we needed.
After that, we went straight into math, completing about three lessons in one sitting. We learned about arrays, three times tables, and functions.
We even squeezed in some language arts and she wrote out some silly similes — this one being my favorite: Reading is as enjoyable as raising chickens. It was a reference, of course, to our new backyard pets, and totally suited the assignment.
Finally, she did some reading practice, though I must say, she isn’t really into Judy Moody. Or Nancy Clancy. Or any typical “girl” books.
And I for one, can’t stand Ivy and Bean and Junie B. Jones.
But she totally humored me and went along, with the promise of better reading material later. We never did find out how Judy Moody’s day went past chapter 2.
I later realized that my whole problem with finding the perfect 8-year-old girl book was that the 3rd grade selection was too limiting.
To my surprise, she chose the Jules Verne story and excitedly read it to me.
It was a great ending to what started out as a very slow unmotivated day. We plowed through reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, with a little art and culture thrown in.
I was so proud of all we had managed to accomplish on the fly.
Are most of your homeschool days planned out or do you also make it up as you go?
How the days have changed:
- 2014: Amida’s homeschool day in the life (with a 3, 7-, 12- and 15-year-old)
- 2013: Amida’s homeschool day in the life (with a 2-, 6-, 11-, and 14-year-old)
- 2012: Amida’s homeschool day in the life (with a 1-, 5-, 10-, and 13-year-old)
- 2011: Amida’s homeschool day in the life (with a newborn, 4-, 9-, & 12-year-old)