A Week in the Life of A Homeschooling Family

I have no idea if we are a typical or untypical homeschooling family as I’ve never actually sat in with another family for their homeschool day. There are a lot of posts on the net sharing how days go for homeschoolers. I have written a few myself {here, here, and here; there are undoubtedly more}.

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I’m going to attempt to condense our week into this post without making it too long. The image is from my son’s school schedule that he fills in each week {but looking at it, the left side, that’s my handwriting; sometimes he misses things and I have to ‘help’ him with that lol}

Sunday:  Up at 7:30am, feed the cat, make coffee, shower. Eggs for breakfast; everyone else is up. Leave for church at 9:30am; get home about 12:30pm. Eat lunch, go grocery shopping. Hubby usually naps the rest of the afternoon. Finish laundry started Saturday. Hopefully get dinner made or at least started. Leave for church at 5:45pm; get home about 7:30pm. Eat? Make sure laundry really was finished. Play a game? Head to bed by 9:15. Watch a show with hubby {lately it’s Chips}.

Monday: Hubby gets up at 6:00am and wakes me at 6:30am; I feed cat, make coffee. Shower? Kids up about 7:00am. Morning walk? If the weather is nice. Round Table: hymns, prayer, art study, folksong, drawing. Daughter works on some school; heads off for class at 10:50am. Son gets comfy on the floor near the heater vent to do school; narrates throughout the day. Work on science and math together if necessary. He uses computer upstairs for Duolingo. Chores. Daughter home about 4pm; school work, chores. I go work on my school stuff. Dinner started at 5:45pm; ready by 6:45pm. Hubby home around 6pm. Eat dinner. Kids head downstairs to use ‘screen time.’ I work on more school stuff. Might get a game in with the kids before heading to bed as usual around 9:00pm for evening tv show watching with hubby.

Tuesday: Same as yesterday morning but daughter is also awake. She leaves for class at 7am something; will be home about 1pm. No Round Table or walk. Get to work with son on school; it’s mostly independent. He does chores; I study school or read whatever is in my current reading pile. Daughter gets home and son demands her attention. *wink*  Back to school for the boy; chores. Evening is about the same as Monday. Sometimes I will head out to a Charlotte Mason group that meets once a month. That is from 6:00pm until… I get home. The last time it was after 11pm.

Wednesday: Repeat Monday until the afternoon. Dinner is started at 4:45pm or 5:00pm; leave for evening church at 6:45pm. Get home about 8:15pm. Relax until bedtime.

Thursday: Repeat Tuesday, except daughter leaves again at 4:30pm for another class. Sometimes we get a game in but she may be busy with homework. Sometimes she works after class, sometimes not. If not, she’s home about 7pm. My first assignment for the week is due on Thursdays so I am usually finishing that after dinner.

Friday: This is like Monday or Wednesday morning. After lunch we have tea time so someone usually makes a treat to have. We take turns reading from a book {right now it is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe}, play a game, watch a movie/show, or just drink tea and eat the goodie. This is also the day we usually do errands if we have any. By the time we are done with errands and tea time, the day feels done! But it continues on of course. Dinner is made and eaten; kids watch a movie and play games; hubby and I *might* find something worth watching {it doesn’t happen often as we are apparently picky movie watchers}. Bed time is still the same: 9ish.

Saturday: Sleep in! This day I let the kids sleep almost as long as they want- but one of them has to feed the cat. I refuse. Breakfast is pretty much ‘fend for yourself.’ If we do not have plans for the day, the kids do chores, eat lunch and then have screen time. I work on school when I’m not doing housework, laundry, or something crafty. When the weather gets nicer we’ll spend more time outside. The afternoon pretty much mirrors other afternoons. And then it’s bedtime.

Sometimes we do have doctor’s appointments. Those we try to get done in the morning, and on a Friday since that’s the day our daughter doesn’t have outside classes. Occasionally we have other things we do, such as meet ups at church, or group activities with other homeschoolers. The latter has become less since the kids are older. It seems homeschoolers we know are mostly younger.

That is pretty much our week. Most of the time it feels like the same ol’, same ol’ thing. It gets mundane but it’s predictable. We can be spontaneous, and are. Sometimes.

How does your week go? Care to share a day at your house?


North Laurel (19 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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Meet Rebecca

Rebecca @ Hip HomeschoolingHello from Canada! I am living in beautiful BC with my hunky husband and 5 beautiful children. My kids are all very young, 1 year-7 years so your immediate “you must be busy” reaction is pretty much an understatement. I am insanely busy. I don’t have the kids involved in extra-curricular activities, I go to church and otherwise stay home. Going anywhere by myself with 5 kids almost always results in a stressed, sweaty, exhausted mama… so I stay in my safe place unless I have help ;)

About Me

I was homeschooled! How often do you hear of one of us second generation homeschoolers? Okay, maybe a lot, but not in my circle of friends. Around me, I am the only one with firsthand experience and I think this gives me a unique perspective when homeschooling my kids. I grew up with 5 other siblings and I adored being homeschooled. I went to school for grade 11 and 12 but I was so far ahead that I ended up graduating when I had just turned 16.

I met my husband just before he went off for training and we got married as soon as he graduated. I was 19 when we got married, 20 when we had our first baby, and we have been married for 8 years now.

I LOVE homeschooling my kids. Yes it is hard, it is a sacrifice: my house is always a mess, I get no break, no time to myself. BUT, I get to see the wonder in my kids’ eyes when they grasp a new concept or see them building friendships with their family that I KNOW will only grow deeper. I get to hear them sound out their first word or FINALLY get that math concept. I get to snuggle with them on the couch on sick days, hold their hands and go on a walk together, see them grow and change and learn with them, it is my greatest privilege.

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I am addicted to curriculum, the smell of fresh paper or a new book. Homeschool conferences are my happy place ;) I am a hermit, partly due to the difficulty in getting out the door with my busy family, but largely due to the fact that I love my home. I have a list a mile long of things to do and I would rather be home just puttering with my family then pretty much anywhere else.

I am married to an RCMP officer so we get to travel a bit, we are getting ready for our second move to the middle of nowhere. A little bit exciting and scary at the same time, I have a TON of preparation to do and am working hard at remembering to breathe in the midst of this busy season of our lives.

I never thought of myself as artistic, but I play the piano decent enough, I sing and sing and sing some more. I love worship music, I lead at our church, various worship nights, etc. I can get lost for hours on my piano, yes, even in the midst of a school day ;) I also have a home based sewing business, I crochet, and of course, I blog!

My Blog

I have been writing on my personal blog for a long time, really since my kids were born (though intermittently). I started my Hip Homeschooling blog years ago as a means to communicate with my support teacher for reporting. Recently I was approached and asked to become a blog ambassador for a preschool curriculum company called Mother Goose Time. Since then I kind of jumped in with two feet and just went for it. I still write on my personal blog my random thoughts but I now write on my homeschooling blog on a more “professional” level. I have always loved to write, so writing about what I am passionate about and benefiting my family in the process, is such a blessing to me. I am excited to see where this leads our family and very excited to be asked to join The Homeschool Post.

If you want to read more about our homeschooling methods or why we homeschool, check out my blog at Hip Homeschooling or pop over to Facebook to say hi. If you have questions about homeschooling in Canada or just want to connect, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Rebecca @ Hip Homeschooling (2 Posts)

I am a stay at home homeschool mom to five young children. I was homeschooled through most of my childhood and am so close to my family because of it. I am married to an RCMP officer and we move a bit more than your average family, but this is one of the many benefits of homeschooling for us and we are excited to see where God takes us in the future! I sew, write, crochet, but mostly... take care of my brood!


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