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.
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.
At 9:00, I’m in the kitchen preparing my Spark (a vitamin/energy drink that fuels my day) and telling my 19-year-old goodbye as she heads out the door for cosmetology school.
We probably won’t see her again until bedtime. Such is the life of a teen going to school part-time and working the other part of most days.
I read my Bible and pray before turning on the computer. As a blogger and social media manager, I try to get in an hour or so of work before waking my night owl teens.
By 10:15, I go give them their 15 minute warning. We are, apparently, a family who has trouble getting started in the mornings.
Josh (15) and Megan (13) are at the table, still looking a bit groggy, by 10:30. We start the day with CNN Student News. It keeps us abreast of current events and gives sleepy teens a chance to get coherent.
Megan quickly hits the pause button at the end before host, Carl Azuz, starts his daily puns. She and Josh both find them over-the-top corny.
Next comes Bible study, scripture memorization, and prayer, followed by a video on nutrition from Standard Deviants Accelerate (we took advantage of their six-month free trial).
After we finish the comprehension quiz on the nutrition unit, I read-aloud from one of the books related to our current history topic. Yes, I have teens who are perfectly capable of reading their own books, but they still enjoy a good read-aloud – and so do I!
It’s 11:45 and we’ve still got about 15 minutes before I typically start lunch. The more we can accomplish before lunch, the less rushed our afternoons are, so we squeeze in a YouTube video related to our current science topic.
Then, Josh and Megan do their Easy Grammar and Daily Grams while I get lunch ready for everyone. They finish at different times and wander off to do their own thing until lunch is ready.
Sometimes the kids fend for themselves. Other days, I pop a lasagna in the microwave or a pizza in the oven while they’re working.
The dog is happy that it’s lasagna day. It’s his favorite because he knows he’ll get to lick the cardboard tray clean of any scraps. It’s a sandwich and soup for me since I think frozen lasagna tastes about as bad as it smells.
We take our usual long lunch. This is my time to work. I do this to the background noise of the electric guitar as my musician son practices.
It’s a gymnastics day, so Megan works on her independent work during lunch. She’s on the competitive team and has 3.5-hour practices 3 days a week. It makes me very thankful that we homeschool.
At 1:30, I call the kids back to school.
We alternate spelling and vocabulary four days each week and we do science and history together in the afternoons. Today is a project day. We’re dissecting a plant (which is much more palatable than the frog we dissected a couple of weeks ago).
The kids are also sculpting pyramids out of clay as a part of our Ancient Egypt study.
We’re winding up the part of our school day that we do together by 3:30 (a little earlier than normal since it’s almost time for Megan to be at gymnastics).
I go over the kids’ writing assignment with them. They’ll work on that independently, along with math and their silent reading assignments.
Typically, our school day is over by 4:30 or 5:00.
I know that’s late by many homeschoolers’ standards, but it works well for our family and, the way I look at it, we’re still finished long before most teens have started homework. Of course, with her gymnastics schedule, Megan still sometimes has some work to finish in the evenings.
Do you homeschool teens? How does your day compare to ours?
How the days have changed:
- 2014: Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12-, 14-, and 18-year old)
- 2013: Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with an 11-, 13-, & 17-year-old)
- 2012: Kris’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 16-, 12-, and 10-year-old)